Saturday, May 24, 2008

First I'm a Slut, Now I'm a Whore...

So it still cracks me up that someone called my book, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C., "not just your standard slut autobiography." But I just came across a review of a book in which I had an article (Prostitution: On Whores, Hustlers, and Johns), and the reviewer calls me an "academic-turned-whore." I swear, I can't get no respect... : )

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Does This Ad Make Me Look Gay?

Just kidding. I'm so excited about this reading in my hometown and SO thankful to the folks at Outwrite and the Rainbow History Project for hooking this up. Hope some of you can make it.

The Return of Ashanti (Who Cares? Surprisingly, I Do)

I've dissed Ashanti in the past, but she does R&B melodrama like nobody's business. (WTF does that phrase mean anyway?) I love "The Way That I Love You" and am now looking forward to her new album, The Declaration.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Do I Write Like a Slut? or The First ALL I COULD BARE Reviews (Sorta)

[Just in case you need some tunes to read this post, check out Avenue D's electro classic Do I Look Like a Slut?"]

O.K., I admit it -- it's Friday night and I'm up googling myself. Totally not my fault though since my friend Joe canceled our plans to hang out, something about his boyfriend coming over. (yawn) Plus, the weather's crap and I wanted to start my friend Josh Kilmer-Purcell's funny new novel Candy Everybody Wants anyway.) So, I google my name -- nothing new, sadly. Then, I google my book, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C., and stumble (well, after a couple of pages) on two interesting new review-like mentions.

The first is by far the most strange since it appears on the website of Thomas Schlück, a German literary agent. Weird, right? Check it: his homepage is totally in German.

Anyway, he apparently does a roundup of new books coming out. (Here's the actual link, but, trust me, you'll be scrolling for days.) He has this to say about the story o' my life (or at least the butt-naked-on-top-of-various-bars-being-felt-up part of it):

Craig Seymour details his three years dancing in the gay strip clubs of Washington D.C. in the mid-‘90s while attending graduate school in ALL I COULD BARE.

Seymour’s compelling, often bawdy, and humorous story explains how he hid his secret occupation from friends and family, his first porn audition, and his failed attempt at having sex for money. ALL I COULD BARE ultimately reveals the complex world of the strip club and explains how the experience led the author to both take chances and gain courage.

Craig Seymour is an accomplished writer and journalist who has written for The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Vibe, Spin, The Village Voice, and Tracks. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies, and is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He lives in Providence, RI.

I think this is totally cool, and I love being called "often bawdy." I might even get a t-shirt made with that phrase on it. In fact, if I really blow up, I might contractually insist on people using "often bawdy" whenever referring to me. Kinda the way Jacko does with the whole "King of Pop" thing. So, thanks Thomas Schlück, wherever you are (assumably some place in Germany).

The second mention comes from Katherine Volin's roundup of forthcoming gay and lesbian books in Express Gay News. She ends the piece by writing:

And going into full summer, make sure to look for "All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C." Not just your standard slut autobiography, author Craig Seymour has actually worked as a journalist and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts.

I freakin' love this!!! But now I'm all like, if my book is not "your standard slut autobiography," does that mean I'm like super-duper-extra slutty with whipped creme and sprinkles and cherries and shit on top -- a virtual Cold Stone Creamery concoction of sluttiness. Not sure quite what to make of it, but I'm TOTALLY taking it as a compliment. Thanks, Katherine.

New Photography Work

Here are some of my favorite photos that I've taken over the last month or so...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Guiltless Pleasure: Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney's Leavin' (Bimbo Jones Remix) is one of my favorite songs right now and I'm not embarrassed to say it. (O.K., maybe a little embarrassed.)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Creative Inspiration: The Wisdom of Madge

This is a little late but I thought I'd share this bit of wisdom M-Dolla dispensed during her appearance on BET's "106 & Park" Friday: "Life is strange. You shouldn't wish for anything but what you got."

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Check out this cool mention of my book, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington D.C., in the calendar for OUT magazine's HOT LIST 2008...