Provincetown Memories

May 15, 2014 12:53 pm0 comments

by Steve Desroches Flirting with a cute guy lounging on a nearby towel on Herring Cove Beach. Dancing at the A House and following the crowd to Spiritus. A skinny dip at Hatches Harbor and lazy days at Captain Jack’s Wharf. Summers in Provincetown are full of all kinds of [...]

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A Gay Green Acres

April 23, 2014 6:00 am0 comments

The Beekman Boys Come to Provincetown by Steve Desroches It’s Modern Family meets American Gothic. Two fast-paced, gay Manhattanites move to their upstate New York farm leaving behind iPhones and brunches in Chelsea for baby goats and pitchforks.  They’re the Beekman Boys: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, two husbands [...]

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Review: Fairyland

September 5, 2013 1:22 pm0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin Alysia Abbott’s memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1970s and 80s,before gay parenthood was a topic of discussion (even in the gay community), is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. On the one hand, the struggles she and her father faced, leading ultimately [...]

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Readers’ Delight

July 17, 2013 7:00 am0 comments

The Digital Revolution Brings Provincetown Authors to the World by Steve Desroches Surrounded by shelves of books at the Provincetown Public Library, Laura Shabott and Richard Pepitone are hard at work on an addition to the realm of publishing and storytelling. While the general concepts of grammar, form, and good [...]

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The Road to the Outermost House

July 3, 2013 7:00 am0 comments

by Don Wilding Ever since it was first published 85 years ago, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod literary classic, The Outermost House, has been one of the top selling books about the Cape, and was recognized nearly 50 years ago as a source of major inspiration for the Cape Cod National [...]

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From Page to Stage : The Work of Mike Albo

May 1, 2013 8:00 am0 comments

  by Steve Desroches Writer Mike Albo went to Jamaica on a press junket in 2009. At the time, he wrote the popular “Critical Shopper” column for the New York Times not as a staff writer, but as a freelancer. Internet gossip swirled in questions over the ethics of paid [...]

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REVIEW: The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by Frank DeCaro

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by Steve Desroches When celebrities die they leave behind a legacy of films, archives of television appearances, and old news clippings. But they also leave delicious recipes for meat loaf, tuna salad, and non-dairy cheesecake. Radio show host and comedian Frank DeCaro has assembled a celebrity culinary archive and published [...]

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REVIEW: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

October 10, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

It is simply too easy today for the United States to go to war. 

That’s Rachel Maddow’s contention in Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. “While America has been fighting two of its longest-ever boots-on-the-ground wars in a decade following 9/11, less than one percent of the adult U.S. population has been called upon to strap on those boots,” she observes. “The country has perfected the art of frictionless war.”

Maddow is no lightweight when it comes to making observations about the country’s present and past policies. She’s been doing so for years, first on Air America and then on MSNBC, with still more years of political thought via a doctorate in politics from Oxford. And yet Drift is straightforward if not light reading; Maddow’s trademark snark is evident and easily appreciated here.

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REVIEW: You’re Married to Her?

October 3, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

Some literary types sit around discussing Ira Wood’s new book, for the moment just the cover. Could the pumpkin be Wood’s self-deprecating self-portrait? Ah, but the hands are those of a woman, so it goes. Oh, the scarf around the neck certainly signifies an older woman unproud of her neck, so says a convincing voice. Having read widely L. Frank Baum’s works, one present imagines a pumpkin come to life, fairy-tale-wise.

While covers need not be anything but obtuse reference, this one addresses the strangest truth of human existence: the obvious is rarely the truth. Secrets hide best in plain sight.

In one sitting, over the course of several hours, You’re Married to Her flies trippingly off the pages directly to, in varied instances, the funny bone or the heart, sometimes, uncannily, both. It is largely autobiographical; “largely” in the way that memory toys with how we grasp the facts of our peculiar history.   Wood comes across as a mensch of his times, eager to escape the hidebound cultural preferences of his upbringing on what he sees as the wrong side of the Long Island Expressway; passively storm-tossed by opportunities of his awakening literary aspirations, he moves in among peaceniks and stoners floating about Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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REVIEW: Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand

September 26, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

In 1960, 17-year-old Barbra Streisand moved across the East River from her home in Brooklyn to Manhattan with a burning ambition to not just become a singer and actress, but to be a superstar. She was broke and wracked with youthful insecurities.  Four years later, she was the top-selling female recording artist in the country and a bona fide star on Broadway, on her way to becoming a worldwide megastar and a legend.  In his new biography, Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, William J. Mann focuses on just those years (1960 – 1964) early in Streisand’s career, giving great insight into how she became a global phenomenon, dispelling myths and revealing new details throughout the book.

A well known and well respected writer, Mann, who divides his time between Provincetown and Palm Springs, wisely chose to focus on just a portion of Streisand’s life, drawing enough context from what happened prior to and after the early 1960s to give a full portrait of the star, while managing to avoid mushy mythology or buying into the idea that someone is “destined” for stardom. Instead, he capably assembles all the gears and springs of the machinery that makes up Streisand’s story, and while acknowledging her great talents, he also reveals those who took a chance on her as an unknown, giving her several breaks, while also focusing on her keen intelligence and her quest for excellence with every she chose to do. It is perhaps her focus and drive that had more to do with her success than her singing and acting abilities.

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