“Figure Straighter”, a hilarious short story by Your’s True, is in the fantastic Foglifter LGBTQ+ literary journal:
Two male figure skaters, rivals for a gold medal, get in a competitive tiff over identity politics. Will the straight one put his masc cred at risk attempting a daring gender-expansive athletic stunt? Will anything not piss the gay one off?
copies available for purchase @Foglifterpress https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781732191358/foglifter-vol-5-issue-1.aspx?src=FOG
Link to Poets and Writers: Lists of Note.
In the February 1935 issue of Esquire magazine, an article by Ernest Hemingway
appeared that was titled ‘Remembering Shooting-Flying: A Key West Letter.’ In it, Hemingway reeled off 17 books, all of which he “would rather read again for the first time […] than have an assured income of a million dollars a year.”That list can be read below.(Source: Esquire, Feb. 1935; Image: Ernest Hemingway, via.
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Far Away and Long Ago, by W. H. Hudson
Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
A Sportsman’s Sketches, by Ivan Turgenev
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Hail and Farewell, by George Moore
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
La Reine Margot, by Alexandre Dumas
La Maison Tellier, by Guy de Maupassant
Le Rouge et le Noir, by Stendhal
La Chartreuse de Parme, by Stendhal
Dubliners, by James Joyce
Autobiographies, by W. B. Yeats
link: Bob Guccione, Penthouse Founder, Dies at 79 – NYTimes.com
Dear Bob Guccione,
I was sad to learn today that you are no longer coming down for breakfast. As publisher and founder of Penthouse magazine, you were more degenerate than Hugh Hefner, but less oogie than Larry Flint. You were like a 6 on a 10 point swinger- to-sleazeball scale. But your pornographic inspirations played an important role in my nescient tween years. Most guys will tell you that as a boy they kyped Penthouse from their dad’s drawer or from under their older brother’s bed, or somewhere. My brother also collected the Reader’s Digest-sized Penthouse Forum, and it was the best. In Penthouse Magazine you may have given America its first look at pubic hair, but I loved Forum and its famous letters from readers with their supposedly true sex adventures. This periodically included tales of bisexuality. When I say bisexual I mean my interest was in the girl-guy-guy stuff you printed.
I always found the pornographic stories more interesting than photos. I would study Forum on my own and dog ear the pages that described sex scenes in crazy public places or had weirdo fetishism. And when a male friend slept over I would read these choice stories aloud from the bottom bunk-bed in my room. I always had a couple of the strangest, strictly hetero items cued up and then, socko, I’d hit ’em with a girl-guy-guy story. This was an ingenious barometer to test the other boy’s curiosity or abject aversion without revealing any underlying motive on my behalf. I read maybe some gross water-sports letter to warm him up and then I’d bounce a suggestive bi story off his Protestant armor. You gave me a tool to know whether to proceed boldly or retreat back into another real adventure in underwear sniffing. Thank you Bob Guccione for Forum and for what was the genesis of a predatory system I built upon, perfected and still utilize to this day. I suppose if this damaged any of my then niave and trusting boyhood friends, who today are married and straight, I ought to say I’m sorry. But instead I’ll just say, you know who you are.
– Richard (address withheld)