A Gay Film Critic Gets It All Wrong; On Men Wearing Gowns; Lesbians Being Killed In Chechnya; ‘Kendle’s Fire’: A Novel Examining Masculinity

A Gay Film Critic Gets It All Wrong

I’m not going into a long explanation with this one. The only reason I’m linking to it is to show how wrong critics can be sometimes. He skims over several classic gay films that he thinks make us cringe now. But nothing could be further from the truth. And you don’t need me to dispute this. All you have to do is read the comments at the end of the article to see what readers have to say.

One reader said this:

You shouldn’t be damning these films. They show what being gay was like in the seventies. It was no picnic.

I recently watched The Boys In the Band and I thought it was wonderful, especially the way it depicted gay life back in a time before I was born. I like knowing these things about my culture, and about the history of my culture. And in most cases, these films are all we have. 

You can read more, here. This is could be titled CriticFail



On Men Wearing Gowns

Here’s a much more thoughtful piece about masculinity and how men are perceived. It’s a topic that more people seem to be weighing in on nowadays, too. I thought Billy Porter looked great in that black gown, and that’s as far as I took it. But many people had a lot more to say. I saw some of the tweets that night and they were brutal…many were written with panic.  

“Masculine”: an ever-changing word in an ever-changing world. As evolution and revolution challenge centuries of oppressive macho aspiration, some of us finally are redefining what it takes to be a man.

Here’s a link to more. 

There’s a link below to my novel, Kendle’s Fire, where the entire story revolves around a young Marine who begins to question his own masculinity in some very interesting ways. I’ve had a few reviews for which I’m very thankful, and, thanks to indie publishing I was allowed to write a book like this through Ryan Field Press. No publisher ever would have allowed me to do this, not one…not even those who claim to be the most progressive. It wasn’t an easy book to write, but I have no regrets or misgivings. 



Lesbians Being Killed In Chechnya

Things don’t seem to be improving in Chechnya. Here’s a story that’s coming directly from a lesbian woman who escaped from the gay purge in Chechnya, and she’s making a few interesting points I haven’t read anywhere else. 

‘Also in 2018, we began to receive reports of girls being detained by the police on suspicion of homosexuality. According to reports from Chechnya, there are girls among those detained in December to January.’

This one even gets into how gay women are being treated by their own families, and how what’s happening to lesbians over there is being virtually ignored.  

Here’s the link. It’s much more detailed. 


A Novel Examining Masculinity


Amazon Reader Review:

“This is GREAT story!! It’s wonderful in its exploration of sexuality and masculinity. The story is well done and beautifully done. The story flows beautifully and the characters are wonderfully written.”

Kendle's Fire by [Field, Ryan] 


Even though Kendle is an openly gay ex-Marine, he’s been questioning his masculinity all of his life. He’s always been what people expect a man to be, in spite of the fact that he’s never been completely comfortable living up to these expectations.

He also has a few secrets. The kind of secrets a man can only talk about with the most intimate people in his life. One of those people is his best friend and part time lover, Dale. And their relationship is not without a few unusual quirks and ironies either, especially when it comes to the way Kendle explains his relationship with Dale to his own parents. 

After a string of bad career decisions and awkward mistakes, it’s not until Kendle meets a young guy named Walter that his life begins to come together. It’s a journey filled with as much joy as heartbreak, with a few bittersweet twists in between. As Kendle opens himself up to new possibilities, he finds himself in the midst of life altering changes that leave him devastated. And there’s a point where he’s not sure he can get through any of it.





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