Who Are You and What Do You Want?: I watch a play

at the Studio Theater, Cock, playing through June 22. It's by Mike Bartlett, the guy who did Contractions, and like Contractions it's a high-concept play with few characters and a lot of emotional intensity.The high concept is that John, having broken up with his long-term boyfriend for no real reason except his own itchy ambivalence, meets a woman and falls for her hard. But then the boyfriend takes him back, and suddenly he has to choose--and he can't, for almost two hours, he just can't … [Read more...]

“Music of the Trilobites”: Me in AmSpec

not really a book review!I read John Darnielle’s 2011 novel Master of Reality under the unfamiliar constellations of Australia—which was fitting, since the slender book is about being both physically and spiritually far from home. Master of Reality is an entry in Continuum’s “33 1/3” series of books about pop or rock albums. (The other books in the series tend to be straightforward critical studies.) I’ve never listened to Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality, but Darnielle’s diary of a 1980s te … [Read more...]

“Amends”: My Novel Seeking Agent/Publisher

So I wrote a comedic novel set during the filming of a reality-TV show about alcohol rehabilitation. It is basically all my obsessions on parade: bad advice, humiliation, addiction and recovery, Gay Christian Whatnot, journalism, sleaze, mysticism and mystical experience, metanarratives, friendship, prison, and class war. You get a recipe for a Clockwork Orange (the drink that removes your free will!) and a romance between a guilt-ridden conservative journalist and an Ethiopian Orthodox homeless … [Read more...]

Videos on Homosexuality and Chastity in the Catholic Church

I'm in this: What you’ll find here are videos by a group of faithful gay Catholics who believe in the Church’s teachings about marriage and sexuality. We’ll talk about what that teaching is and why we’ve embraced it, the spiritual riches that we’ve found within the Church, the obstacles and misunderstandings that we’ve faced, and the ways that Catholics can help to support gay people who seek the Lord with good will. more--requires you to create an account, but no payment or anything like that. … [Read more...]

Yet More Gay Catholic Whatnot

Enough is never enough of Gay Catholic Stuff. Anyway here's a bunch of the Usual Suspects talking about various topics, for an upcoming website. I don't remember anything I said in these videos so uh... enjoy! (In all seriousness, it's an interesting group of people with large areas of overlap but also divergent life experiences and vocations, so I think the video series is bound to be interesting no matter what weird mishegoss I ended up saying.) … [Read more...]

In the LA Area? Come See Movies and Also Me!

The Level Ground Film Festival, which explores the intersection of Christian faith and LGBT life, has already started! I will be doing a whole bunch of stuff with them Thursday and Friday: the Dinner Gala on Thursday, where I'm on a panel screening of the film "Desire of the Everlasting Hills" (exploring the lives of monks with same-sex attraction); the Festival of Books on Friday morning, where I will be reading the chapter on vocation from my forthcoming book about Gay Catholic Whatnot (GET … [Read more...]

Blogwatch, With Her Gummy Hands

Some links for a slushy Saturday evening."LGBT Rights and the UN: What the Church Does Not Teach." Powerful."Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators." Basically because we've always had it too easy and don't know how to work. I'd heard most of this before and it very much rings true for me--studying Russian has been a fairly brutal confrontation with my own limits, my quick temper and immediate frustration and a whole host of other character defects which are brought out when a task is … [Read more...]


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