The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens by Jerry Torre and the Gay Angle; Halle Berry Backtracks On Playing a Trans Male Character; Ryan Field Books

The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens by Jerry Torre and the Gay Angle

I think I first watched the documentary, Grey Gardens, about 20 years ago. And I think by that time it was already 25 years old. It was filmed in the 70s by the Maysles brothers, and we had a great privately owned video store here in New Hope that carried a lot of independent art films and documentaries. So when I started reading The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens I knew the book was about Jerry Torre’s experience as a gardener at Grey Gardens, with Edith and Edie Beales. My brother also had a house in East Hampton not far from Grey Gardens so I was familiar with the local stories about Grey Gardens.

However, I learned so much more by reading Jerry Torre’s account of what it was really like at Grey Gardens. I also learned more about what happened after the documentary and after Edith Beale passed away. It didn’t know anything about that and it was interesting to read. Most of all, Torre confirms what I already expected: that Edith and Edie Beale were basically good, decent people who learned to live with their circumstances.

There’s also one more thing I learned that I didn’t know prior to reading The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens. Jerry Torre was gay, and he talks about how he came out, and what life was like for a young gay man in the 70s. It’s not a gay book and the focus is not on him being gay, but he does work the topic in nicely.

In short, if you want to read more about Grey Gardens that you most likely don’t know, you’ll enjoy The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens. It’s’ nicely written, it shows some of the conflict Torre experienced as well as the love, and the sense of family he found at Grey Gardens. I loved it and I’m giving it all the stars I can.

Here’s the Amazon link. 

Halle Berry Backtracks On Playing a Trans Male Character

It’s happened again, and I’m starting to wonder. I mean, if something starts to fall, you yell timber.

Halle Berry announced this week that she wanted to play a trans male character. And then, today, she suddenly backtracked and decided not to do this. In other words, she decided to do the right thing. And now she’s getting tons of attention and praise for something she should have already known in the first place.

Just how many times is this going to happen before we start to wonder if it’s a publicity stunt or not? Or even more important, how many times is this going to happen in general, before they finally “get” it and they don’t have to backtrack?

“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks. As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she wrote on Twitter.

You can read it all, here. 

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Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf



“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.

Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

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