Saturday, May 10, 2008

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


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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.

3 comments:

Jay said...

"Often Bawdy" would looks great on T-shirts and business cards. And you have endless options with "Super Slutty" or "Extraordinarily Slutty" or anything in that direction. This is going to be fun!

Seth Clark Silberman said...

"Author of not just a standard slut autobiography" should go on your business card somewhere. lol.

Joyce Miller said...

Or how about bawdy slut!