As has been my habit the last several years, I'm taking a hiatus from the blog and email to focus on writing projects that have been on hold. There's all kinds of stuff on my plate and I can't wait to dig in.
First: We're currently in negotiations to produce a Kindle/e-book edition of Different Loving (yay!) with two different publishers. I'll have a better idea of when the e-book will be available and who'll be doing it once my literary lawyer has finished browbeating everyone. *polite cough*
Second: Readers may vaguely recall my babbling on about a new non-fiction book about sex that I've been working on. Well, volume one of new book (now known as "new trilogy" around here) is almost ready to go to the publisher. Doing it as three volumes for reasons I will explain in detail come January, but "keeping the price low" is at the top of the list. Can't give you a firm date yet, but with any luck, it will be out before Summer 2011. The 2011 blog will reflect my rabid devotion to this project. I'll fill you in as things progress, and will publish excerpts here. That's all I'll say about it for now, since I share the universal authorial paranoia about saying too much about a work before it's in print. But trust me, when the book is really a book, you won't be able to shut me up about it.
Also new in 2011 will be a brand-new landing page for my old (static) website. It's been YEARS since I've updated any content on gloriabrame.com, but thanks to the graphic genius of Ampola Creative (the shop that does my Erotographica videos for youtube), a live, smokin' hot, and, hopefully, better organized new face for my website will debut this January. We'll also be publishing a new and improved therapy FAQ, with client testimonials and a revised rate schedule.
Now a little gooey gushy globbiness before I go...I want to THANK YOU -- all my readers, all my commenters, all the kind people who send me great images, great links, and endless inspiration and motivation. Thank you. For reading me, for contributing your thoughts and correcting my mistakes, for making me laugh or grow pensive when you comment, for adding me to your lists, for caring about my opinions, and for coming along on this voyeuristic journey through my wacky mind. It can get lonely in here sometimes, but with you by my side, the blog feels totally worthwhile.
May your holidays be toasty and filled with joy. May all your holiday wishes come true. And may all your reunions be this sweet.
Gloria's Vacation Rules: Blogging resumes on January 4th. No email or phone replies until January 5 (except for emergencies and clients currently in treatment). No new therapy clients until second week of January.
You know how I feel about sex history, baby. I LOVES IT! I can't get me ENUFF of it! Sex history is human history. Because so much of LGBT/Queer/Leather history has been systematically destroyed and censored in the name of God and country, it feels particularly vital to preserve all we can of every photo, every painting, every document that proves that sexual diversity is and has always been normal.
It's a good spiritual practice to celebrate sexual pioneers (below, poets Allen Ginsberg and his then-wife Peter Orlovsky in 1970's MOST unforgettable magazine cover).
Actually, I interviewed Allen twice: once in the early 1990s and again after he'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Many ironies have accompanied the publication of my interview, which devoted considerable attention to the subject of censorship and its emotional tolls on society as a whole and artists in particular. The original magazine which commissioned it from me killed it because they balked at Allen's politics. So the piece sat dormant in my files until a few years later when, while serving as an advisory editor at ELF magazine, my beloved publisher hounded me into re-interviewing him and allowing ELF to run an updated version. The second interview was very difficult because he was so very ill by then, but ultimately Allen was so happy with it he selected it for an official anthology of his best interviews.
Allen died before the anthology was finalized. A few months later, I received a grovelingly apologetic letter from the editor. The publishers had kicked my interview out of the anthology...because they balked at (yes, you guessed it) MY sexual politics. Even though Allen and I talked about SM in the interview and he laughingly admitted he probably was a sadomasochist, the editors just didn't want a sadomasochist represented in this posthumous tome.
However, there's a final irony, and it's a happy one. Because I posted the Ginsberg interview on my website in 1996, long before most poets knew there was an Internet, the interview became a go-to resource when Ginsberg died. CNN linked to it from their obituary, as did the BBC. The link now resides at dozens of Ginsberg-related and Beat Poetry sites all over the Web, hopefully giving Allen's ideas a more global reach than the print anthology could.
Fuck censorship and long live the true sexual history of humanity.
(Of course, darling, I like to think that in my own small way, I fuck censorship with this blog every day.)
Think of all the amazing stories you've read about here. From stories with beautiful endings (Maury was able to give Ms. Wheeler and Mr. Lorenc the news they both so dearly wished for: after 30 years, they will be celebrating the holidays as mother and son).
Two months ago, AOL News first reported on the reunion of bearded lady Vivian Wheeler and her son, Richard Lorenc, after 30 years of separation.
The story led to the taping on "Maury" and offered Wheeler and Lorenc a second reunion at the show's studio in Stamford, Conn.
Wheeler, who wears an 11-inch beard, had requested the appearance on the show seeking the DNA test to provide closure. She felt in her heart that Lorenc was her son, but wanted absolute certainty.
Since your humble blogger cannot help but be DIFFERENT in loving, in writing, and in levels of depraved thought, I'm bidding you a fond holiday farewell this afternoon in intimate epistolary style, reminding you of the fun stuff we've looked at in 2010 and ending with some plans for the fun we'll be having when I resume blogging on January 4, 2011. Enjoy this afternoon's wild kaleidoscope ride through all the themes that inhabit Gloria's Mind. -- ggb
Darling, please don't be sad as a blob fish that I'm leaving.
We've traveled so many delightfully strange roads together.