On December 31, 2018, Hector Xtravaganza, Grandfather of the House of Xtravaganza (one of the early Latino drag families), died at the age of 60. Hector was featured in Paris is Burning and served as a consultant on the Ryan Murphy show about the New York gay ballroom scene of the 1980s. Pose.
Paris is Burning was filmed in the mid to late 1980s and chronicles the ball culture of New York City’s Black, Latino, Gay and Transgender community.
Paris is Burning follows the largely African-American Ball scene in New York City. Livingston became interested in the scene when she met a group of young gay men doing what they called “voguing” in Washington Square Park. Thinking the ball scene would make an interesting university project, the men suggested she contact the creator of the vogue moves, Will Ninja, who introduced her to the ball scene where contestants would have walk-off competitions in a variety of categories. Contestants would be scored on a number of categories including realness of drag whether it be boy drag (banjee — or passing as straight), girl drag or androgyny. In exploring the ball scene, Livingston connected with many individuals and highlighted their stories.
In Poolside with Brett by David D’Aguanno, it’s the 1980s in New Jersey, the age of excess. Big hair, hard drugs and lots of sex and one man who is acing the era is Private Investigator, Brett Cornell. He’s winning big and has attracted the attention of an exotic beauty who wants to feature him in one of her adult films and a wealthy woman has hired him to find her husband. Seems like life is going well until Brett finds the missing husband in the trunk of his car. Is someone trying to set him up? Brett must solve the case to get back to his charmed life. Poolside with Brett is the first book in the Brett Cornell series. Continue reading Poolside with Brett by David D’Aguanno
In The impending Sausage Sandwich of Doom by Kirk St. Moritz, Elliot Rose is the guy that makes the ghostly events happen on the television show Ghosthunters UK when he runs into a real ghost. Gordon Cole was Hapkito, a popular wrestler in the 1980s. Gordon thinks that his return is some higher elevation achieved but what’s really going on? Continue reading The Impending Sausage Sandwich of Doom by Kirk St. Moritz
Release Date: July 3, 1985 | DVD Release Date: March 8, 2016
Much has been written about this classic 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson so rather than review the film, I plan to examine why it has remained popular 32 years after its initial release. Enjoy my take on Back to the Future (1985). Continue reading Back to the Future (1985)
In Welcome to Groove House by Jill Meniketti, Mike Mays is a rock star that shined brightly and burned out hard. When his daughter kicks him off of her couch, Mike has nowhere to go but to a home for aging rock stars called “The Groove House.” Is he too far gone to ever come back?
In Murder at Castle Rock by Anne-Marie Stoddard, Amelia “Ame” Grace has booked 1980s Icon Bobby Glitter to perform at the Castle Rock. Her career may be at a high but her co-workers seem to have things boiling under the surface and when the club owner suffers a fall right in front of Ame, was it suicide or something more sinister? Ame knows something is up and she can’t stop herself from uncovering the killer no matter the personal cost.
In A Fool Among Fools by John Terracuso, it’s the mid-1980s in New York and Michael Gregoretti is a junior copywriter at an ad agency working on a campaign for aerosol butter. He hates his boss and is taking stock as he closes in on his thirtieth birthday. With good friends to keep him sane and a new relationship with a dashing southern gentleman married to his work for excitement, can Michael make life in the big city work or is it time to focus on his own creative ambitions?
In Hannah Strong by S.J. Matthews, Hannah’s marriage is crumbling. She sits alone with the marriage therapist waiting once again for her husband to show and knowing she can’t do this much longer. She has plans to attend the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with her father, a man who fell into a bottle when his wife died, and the only thing she’s sure of is that it’s imperative that they make the plane. Is Hannah’s marriage truly over? Will she decide not to go to L.A.?
This short story is the prelude to Matthew’s upcoming novel Miracle at Santa Anita. A preview of the novel is available at the end of Hannah Strong.
In Shadows of Justice by Simon Hall, the Television reporter, Dan Groves, teams up with D.I. Adam Breen for a case of kidnapping, injustice and vengeance. Can Dan stem the flow of victims in time to save Adam, Claire and himself? Shadows of Justice is the seventh novel in the Dan Groves series.
In Fun & Games by David Michael Slater, Jonathan Schwartz is coming-of-age in the 1980s. At the crossroads of religion and his wacky family, Jonathon navigates the difficult years toward adulthood with humor. Fun & Games is a story of love, loss and skeletons in the closet.
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