Daddyhunt Book Club

April 14, 2011
Category: The Arts

With so many distractions this days (basically everything that moves) I forgot how much fun reading can be. In an effort to dedicate an hour a night to something creatively and intellectually stimulating, I've tried to cut back on the boob tube. I love it dearly, and there are times when I need it, but when I weighed the amount of time I spent watching television versus the amount time I spent on projects I'd been meaning to get done, it was just too much. Which brings me back to the whole book reading thing.

Recently I finished The Hunger Games trilogy, which while billed as a young adult novel was a great ride filled with some fairly universal adult themes. I'm now in the middle of two books, one paper, Patti Smith's Just Kids, and one eBook, Tina Fey's Bossypants. I decided that because Tina Fey's book just came out (and I was itching to try reading a book on my iPad) I should concentrate on that one and return back to Patti when I'm done. The tones are quite different and I think it's best not to multitask with book reading. But the problem is, when I'm done, what will I read next?!

So what I really want to know is what you all out there are reading. Getting book suggestions can be a tricky business, but also the most practical in terms of finding one you'll like. I was thinking that if enough people either endorsed the same book, or were game for a suggestion by a member or moderator, we could all enjoy the pleasures of reading and discussion together. It's no fun finishing a book and having no one to discuss it with at length, so this could be a great way to remedy that and engage with all the wonderful men folk out in the Daddyhunt ether.

If you're game for suggesting books leave it in the comments below. Perhaps something that will appeal to both Daddies and Hunters.

So what's the written word? Does this sound like a fun plan to you?

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There's always the classics. The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, Frankenstein, Dracula, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, etc. Also recommend World War Z.

Well count me in. I would enjoy the opportuniuty. I am rural VA and would enjoy the opportunity to read the discussions as well as find something good to read. Like you Rob, I spend to much time infront of the tube. What about some of the forgotten about gay classics?

Let me test my 2 remaining brain cells.

Patricia Nell Warren: Fancy Dancer, The Front Runner, Harlin's Race, Billy's Boy, I think should be required reading for anyone gay. She also wrote: The Beauty Queen, The Lavender Locker Room, and Wild Man all great gay novels.

Armistead Maupin: I can not remember how many books he wrote that were based around Tails of the City and I just checked Amazon and he has alot more out there.

Well the brain cells are not holding hands after that list maybe after a break they will come up with some more titles after a short break.

Maupin recently wrote "Michael Tolliver Lives" as a follow-up to Tales of the City. In it, Michael is now a hot daddy, and he meets and falls in love with a younger man who becomes his partner. They struggle with many of the same aging issues and generational differences that we might experience in real life. It's definitely a recommended book, but for adult audiences. I wouldn't lend it to my mother, for example. LOL.

Maupin now has another follow-up book about his character, MaryAnn, from the Tales series. IN it is follows her after life on Barbary Lane and in her "older" years...another great addition.

Personally, I enjoy anything that I can learn from. From historically placed novels to anything having to do with our Community's History. I cannot remember the title but last Summer I happened upon a book browsing in a NYC bookstore and came across a book about how Gays are and have been at the epicenter of the restoration movement in this country for decades and thanks to us have saved countless neighhborhoods and vast regions of urban areas fropm the wrecking balls and total urban blight. We all know that theoretically but it was gret to SEE it in print adn to see it happening in areas outside NYC and the major urban centers of both coasts.

I think the book you refer to is "A Passion to Preserve" by Will Fellows.

Thank You. I was writing after a long day...Thanks for the "rescue". :-) Another historical book you guys might enjoy is "Gilded City: Scandal and Sensation in Turn-of-the-Century New York" by M.H. Dunlop. Its NYC during the Gilded Age - 'makes NYC during the 60's and 70's look downright comatose!

How strange that your mother is in actual fact, a child.
One learns something new every few weeks.

One does, indeed, especially about the writers of snarky comments like this. To make you feel better, how about I say, "for audiences that are comfortable with frank sexual situations." There, all better now?

I tend to like biograghies. i just finished "Cleopatra". She was the power house of her day. there is intrique and murders. A fascinating woman. On the topic of Biographies there is "We Two". It is about the years leading up to the abdication which made the prince regent the new king of England and the mum the Queen Mum. I am sure you all saw the movie which was amazing, however, the book gets into the privates lives of the royals. I tend to read alot and watch TV about 4 hours a week Does anyone know when Trueblood starts up again. I am hooked...Enjoy

Oh, one more book. It was the best read. It was "How to be a Movie Star". It was about the late,great Elizabeth Taylor. I feel like I new her after finishing the book. Did you know she hated to called Liz according to the book. She was as big a personality and power house as Cleopatra. You should rent the movie, it is an absolute hoot. I think I am done now.

As a huge fan of Stephen King I must recommend... The Green Mile, it's the only book that has made me laugh out loud in public and also brought a tear to my eye.

If you're feeling daring AND have time to spare (and according to your own account, you don't) then there's the "Dark Tower" series. It's probably a collection of 7 or 8 books which also uses the independent tale of Salem's Lot as a back/side story and somehow manages to tie in with almost every other one his books - managing to add to the story line the events of Sept. 11 and the very serious incident with the car that struck him and almost killed him. But like I said... you better have the time and the will, because it certainly is time consuming - though definitely worth it!

I've always enjoyed Stephen King, and have all his books. I also enjoy Dean Koontz very much - usually easier reading than King, but extremely good writing. I'm currently reading the 4th book in Koontz's "Frankenstein" series - Lost Souls.

... hmmmm...
... "nobody's fault but mine"...
... indeed...

... among many currently on the ipad...

... _the bible_...
... two versions...
... never know when you're gonna feel...
... apocryphal...

... _the ultimate hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy_...
... douglas adams...
... because flying is just forgetting...
... to hit the ground...
... when we fall...

... _dune_...
... frank herbert...
... before "green" was cool...

... _island_...
... aldous huxley...
... because it's better than _brave new world_?...

... _songs of innocence and experience_...
... william blake...
... so much more than "tyger"...

... _summa theologica_...
... thomas aquinas...
... augustine (of hippo) for dummies...



Dracula is an all time favourite along with Lord of the Rings.

Currently reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, loved the first two in the series.


Also, pretty much anything by Michael Cunningham - especially The Hours. The man has such a gift for prose. However, for laugh out loud comedy you can't beat anything by Augusten Bourroughs, David Sedaris and my buddy Eddie Sarfaty's first book: "Mental: Funny In The Head".

People who read!! These days it seems a 'lost art". I run the Indy glbt library, 7000+ titles and I've read most of them. Just finished "Stonewall" by Jack Fritscher- I've liked most of his things. Loved "Fellow Travelers" by Mallon, gay life in DC during McCarthy. There is a whole genre of gay vampire novels. The mysteries of Greg Herren, Zubro, Zimmerman. Loved the early works of Rita Mae Brown, "Rubyfruit Jungle"," Bingo". Who else remembers the books by Gordon Merrick, "The Lord Won't Mind" and all the Charlie and Peter sequels ? So many books, so little time.

Another good one that is about our history is "How Long Has This Been Going On?" by Ethan Mordden. I learned a lot, let's just say.

I'm on the last of Robert Ludlum's "Bourne Trilogy" which are very different to the movies with Matt Damon, what I love about these books is the inner struggle with duality the character has, on one hand a educated scholar and on the other a ruthless killer, I suppose from a certain point of view some guys can relate to that in their struggles with sexuality, growing and living in a society where your expected to be normal, knowing inside your different and those two distinct and different personalities pulling together to survive any way they can.

Mostly though, I love how books convey the common threads of humanity in us all through character and plot and how they allow the reader, more than film or tv to paint the picture.

Speaking of Michael Cunningham, i really liked his latest: _By Nightfall_

Try the following which I though were good reads (fiction and non fiction)
1. Any Human Heart
2. Unbroken
3. The Fall of Giants
4. Anything by Deon Meyer for mystery

The Empty Family by Colm Toibin is a wonderful collection of short stories by this gay author that I just enjoyed. Also, recently read Empire-Steven Saylor's latest. A novel of Rome from Augustus thru Hadrian with enough references to man/boy sex and love to satisfy most daddies and hunters.

For mystery readers I recommend Donna Leon, Anne Perry, Ian Piers, Mathew Pearl, Patricia Highsmith (and the new bio about her) and a new series by my friend Ed Ifkovic based on Edna Ferber as a slueth. Also like the books by Furst, Follet, Berry, Da Silva , Berenson and Perez Reverte for historical and contemporary action/espionage.

Usually don't comment on these threads, but I saw The Hunger Games mentioned, and I have just finished the first book of the trilogy, so thought i'd throw my $.02 in: i REALLY enjoyed this book, and can't wait to get to the next two. Yes it's billed as "young adult" fare, and my library keeps Harry Potter in the kids section. Personally, I could hardly put this book down. Suzanne Collins has a knack for throwing in the unexpected twist, and she creates a vivid tapestry of events. Her underlying theme, kids being used by a heartless government as modern gladiator-type entertainment, with overtones of American Idol, Survivor, and, frankly, the latest GOP budget proposals, couldn't be more timely. I am very much looking forward to the movie version of this work.

My current reading list is:
*Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind,* by Shunryu Suziki, which I am reading with a gay Buddhist reading group.
*Atlas Shrugged,* by Ayn Rand, which I just finished. I was reading it again because the movie was about to come out and I wanted to get my head around it better than I did when I was 16. I have to admit that it is much worse than I thought it was even back then, but there was a lot of "modernist" and industiral poetics that I missed completely before.


*The Republic,* by Plato, because it is always good to get a grasp on the roots of modern statecraft as we watch our country become nuttier and nuttier!

ok, I have to admit an affinity for vampire books, always have had a fascination with them. That being said, I was at my sisters for a long weekend, and she had to go out of town, nothing to read (I Thought!) on her nitestand I found a book, it was book one of the "Carpathian" series by Christine Feehan. Now I consider myself a pretty butch cub, and never had read anything really "romancey" Well I Took a bottle of wine to the hot tub and the book I had swiped from sis, and started to read. I was wrapped up in the story within 10 pages and read it to the end before daybreak.
Since then, I have read all of the series, anyone who loves vampires will love her, she does get a bit graphic on the erotic side, but I love the whole series, and find myself waiting 6 months for the next one. So while waiting on the next book a couple years ago I found another writer, J.R. Ward, and his series, "Brotherhood of the Black Dagger", and let me tell you, any gay man that likes vampires will be totally entranced with the whole series, not only does he write with style, but his characters are funny, edgy, and full of life. He also has a couple of characters that are coming out of the closet. Their story is in the next book! I can't wait! I Hope you enjoy them as much as I have....
Happy Reading!

Bear Justice

Almost all modern fiction is complete trash, with the exception of a few authors. You could spend your entire life reading classics, but a lot of it is dated literature. I recommend:

-A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
-Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (and of course, Babbitt)
-Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
-The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon, even though parts of it were plagiarized by I, Claudius by Robert Graves, which is also a really good book

Can you see a theme? Hehe

I've found myself coming back every couple of years (long enough for me to forget things...) to Bhagavan Das' "It's Here Now". BD is the American who introduced Richard Alpert/Ram Dass to his guru in India. A welcome relief from churchianity, the book blurs the lines between profound & profane, and to me, shows that a person's spirituality doesn't have to follow anyone's guidelines or expectations.

from the new-er stuff Millennium trilogy is just superb --- great read (

I thought I'd throw in my doubloon and give this a go. I'm a big reader myself and have read some good stuff over the few years. Here are some suggestions:

- The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski: An experimental novel about being haunted, symmetry, architecture, and the human condition. The author is brother to musical artist Poe and there are instances where her music and his writing intertwine. A good book.

- Sacrament by Clive Barker: I read this when it first came out in 1996; I was 15 or 16. After reading "The Thief of Always" and "The Hellbound Heart" obsessively, I tackled this book with a zeal. The story of a loner meeting two mystical figures appealed to me. This one helped me get through some tough times.

- The Bookseller of Kabul by Asen Seierstad: After dealing with six years of the war in Afghanistan, I was shell-shocked and worn down. When I got my wits about me, I picked up this book because I wanted to know more about the cultural aspects of the countries out there. This book was an eye-opener on the role of Aghan women and hope to spread knowledge through books.

- One Second After by William R. Forstchen: About the effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) on a modern America. I've always been fascinated with apocalypse and what comes after. EMP always fascinated me and this was a great book to see what it would be like if everything we relied on electronically were gone.

- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank: Another book on the effects of apocalypse, this time it's nuclear war. Written in 1959, the book stands the test of time. This book was suggested to me by a friend and I put it off for a year or two. I found it one day, bought it, and devoured it.

- Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu: When I was in the military, a rather handsome officer that I looked up to suggested I read this book. I was around 20 or so and tried to. For the life of me, I could not understand where Lao Tzu was coming from or how the officer got through it. I finally went back to reading it at 30 and understood it completely. I learned that I had become the man I am now which is what he (the officer) was then. Very surreal experience.

Other suggested titles:
- Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin
- From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava by Jay Kopelman
- The Plague by Albert Camus
- Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook by Douglas Ubelaker and Henry Scammell
- The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender

Rather than specific books, there's a list of writers I'd recommend. In no particular order:

Gore Vidal
John Rechy
James Baldwin
Andrew Holleran
Larry Kramer
JRR Tolkien
Neil Gaiman
Jean Genet
Salman Rushdie
Charles Dickens
Howard Zinn
William Blake
Patrick O'Brian
William Shakespeare (although it's better to see a good production of one of his plays)

Finally, the greatest writer America has produced, at least in my opinion, Walt Whitman.

Great list, could be particularly helpful for new readers.
However, do young men still read (outside college requirements)?

Definitely try Elinor Lipman's recent novel "The Family Man" about a now-gay man whose ex-wife comes out of the woodwork after her third husband dies with a multitude of problems, including (fortunately) the reappearance of his actress daughter; she also introduces him to his dream guy. Light, enjoyable reading.

Gentle Readers:
With the unforgettable phrase oftentimes used by former President Richard Nixon: "May I say this about that".

Another poster here stated that it seemed to him that "reading is a lost art". How very true.

Perhaps if there were more readers in the United States, we might not find ourselves in such a pickle.......oh, come on, don't snicker, as being in a pickle is not about some sexual entendre, though on second thought, it could be!

May I suggest that for those who are concerned about our nation's state of affairs -- affairs that are far more horrendous than Clinton's passionate embraces with studious La Moneyka keeping her stained dress in tact -- or for that matter, what might be the size of Mr. Clinton's penis -- far more important it remains as to where we are headed with our supposed New World Order. Clinton had his NAFTA and GATT with those very secret meetings where common American workers views were despised. Forget the middle class, and underclass, of Mexico, too.

If Richard Nixon, as president, lost his soul when seeking ever-greater powers and illegal spying on his perceived enemies, then where might we have lost our national soul beginning with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? Has our former great nation misplaced its soulishness, too? Mr. Nixon did want his own supporters to squirm a bit, when he repeatedly stated: I AM NOT A CROOK! Meaning, the crookedness of his administration was far more than one mere mortal had done to our nation's democratic virtues. He, alone, did not achieve his need to resign all by his lonesome self.

What sort of evil lurks in the hearts of our own countrymen? What nefarious designs are leading our nation's people to hell? Are there high-cabals that are arranging wars to the sole benefit of the wealthiest among us? Are they also engaged in manipulating sentiments, even seeking to arrange false-flag op's, such as occurred many years ago with the Gulf of Tonkin false-flag, which led us quickly into engaging our American War in Vietnam? Did such machinations lead us to 9-11, which oddly coincides exactly with the goals of those vicious neo-cons of PNAC -- PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY -- who were seeking Americans to experience a New Pearl Harbor -- their own words, their own objectives -- so that Americans would be supportive of going to war against Saddam Hussein, by invading Iraq, specifically Iraq, not any other nation at that time. PNAC somehow found it's good fortune, though they deny now that they were seeking for any American lives to be sacrificed with their New Pearl Harbor objective. Strange how "coincidental" all of it became.

After Bush-II successfully got us into war against Iraq, announcing to the world our Christian need for another CRUSADE, we might have thought that something else was afoot, with even greater war-making planned.

We were soon being "informed" that it was the entire Muslim world who wanted to make war against Western civilization; or perhaps it was the tiny nation of Israel that was making Muslim people so angry with us? Interestingly, the Muslims successfully beat the Christian Crusaders several times; and they own a bit of oil in the sand, too, and they don't need our land, do they? THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING, THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING -- and yet it is our planes and jets and war-making that travels far and wide to make certain we have our CRUSADES.

Now we have a new president, one who offered us so much hope, at least at the beginning of President Obama's administration; though now it seems that he is only working at behest of the edicts for implementing the New World Order, and has gotten us into more war-making, all for what we believe are our "national interests".

I know that few will bother to read this, as my words are likely to offend most readers; or those who refuse to read the books about what has happened to our great nation. There are many great authors, and many great books.

Reading does a body politic wonders! So many books, so little time, just as with men I would have liked to have known, too.

COVER-UP, WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL HIDING ABOUT THE WAR ON TERROR, by PETER LANCE, AUTHOR OF '1000 YEARS FOR REVENGE'. 'WELCOME TO TERRORLAND' MOHAMED ATTA & THE 9-11 COVER-UP IN FLORIDA, by DANIEL HOPSICKER, author of BARRY AND THE BOYS (revelations about CIA drug running and bankster's needs, as the dollar slides precipitously to the edge of oblivion) -- website DANIEL HOPSIDKER's revelations as to what really has occurred in the remote State of Florida, makes the FBI appear to have lost its way, not able to find that airport or who has what to tell them, and who exactly was helping those rag-tags from Saudi Arabia, to assist in training pilots, or much much more. Could it be that there are those in government who don't want Americans to know about Florida's right-wing elements? What threads yet await important leads?
'THE THIRD TERRORIST' by JAYNA DAVIS, about OK CITY bombing cover-ups, could it be?

When was the nation's announcement that it would begin ignoring our Constitution and Bill of Rights? Was it at the para-miliraty assault at Mount Carmel, Waco, Texas, where innocent American lives were so publicly incinerated? Was it at Ruby Ridge, and the shooting of a mother holding her young baby? Where did we being losing our way?

Many believe that our nation lost its way, likely most publicly noted with the high-cabal conspiracy to assassinate John Fitzgerald Kennedy, which had to be a very public assassination. A simple accident would not provide the proper SHOCK AND AWE, so to speak, so that millions of Americans would become subdued and very accepting of what would lie in store for them, such as the very long-lasting absurd American War In Vietnam, which relied upon a false-flag op wtih the Gulf Of Tonkin. There was much much more to come! OBSCURED BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, anyone? Who became the select chosen? Dr. Alan Cantwell's book, AIDS AND THE DOCTORS OF DEATH, leaves little doubt as to the scope of those objectives. But if one doubts Dr. Cantwell's research as being inept and lacking objectivity concerning those highly suspect hepatitis-b vaccine BLOODY TRAILS, er, BLOOD TRIALS, , there is far more revealed in Dr. LEONARD G. HOROWITZ book, 'EMERGING VIRUSES: AIDS & EBOLA, Nature, Accident or INTENTIONAL", in which he explains further developments of intensive research on how "AIDS" became a military objective..... relating to Malthusianism.

At the very time that the plot to assassinate President Kennedy was unfolding, there were ever more mysterious developments, as explored in the incredible book, 'MARY, FERRIE, AND THE MONKEY VIRUS' by EDWARD T. HASLAM, foreward by JIM MARRS. That book is now re-titled: DR. MARY'S MONKEY' -- referring to Dr. Mary Sherman, who was delving deeply into cancer research. DR. HOROWITZ released another timely book: 'DEATH IN THE AIR: GLOBALISM, TERRORISM & TOXIC WARFARE. THOSE BOOKS PROVIDE AN INCREDIBLE MESSAGE FOR ALL OF US.

Anyone asking anything about chem-trails, too? And DU, as discussed in the book, 'BRINGING THE WAR HOME'.

In a nation where there are millions of literate people, many of whom are highly educated, it makes one wonder what does it mean, when so many refuse to read one damned book that might question their sense of reality, and have various objectives exposed of many psy-ops, and black-ops, and false-flag op's, and how we have come to our collective madness in seeming or ostensible support of so much war-making.

Please, at least some of you who may read my extremely depressing post, please read some of those books. Then ask yourself: Do we still have a Democratic Republic that seeks to rely upon a tri-partitie form of governing, hoping to assure a balance-of-powers, and keeps our Constitution and Bill of Rights viable?

After Patriot Acts One and Two, it has seemed that the strangely all-powerful Al Qaeda rag-tags were somehow able to even topple our Constitution and Bill of Rights, as easily as it appeared that a couple jets could achieve the same toppling of the Twin Towers, those two enormous buildings so quickly destroyed in free-fall and defying all logic, pulverizing concrete and seeming to evaporate hard steel. What sort of New World Order expects to mobilize by going after terrorists and terrorism -- at any costs? Even as our erstwhile Democratic Republic becomes less than useful as our sovereignty also evaporates into the edicts of the NWO?

Where is the newly written Constitution that clearly defines the NWO? Which of our State and County representatives have endorsed that (hidden?) document? Which government representatives are sworn to uphold our Constitution, and assure our sovereignty?

Will this post be found appropriate? I do hope I have not offended anyone. Just one simple person, seeking to ask some simple questions. Those above referenced topics are far too serious to be 'sexed-up', seems to me.

Hi, I'm going to plug my book, published last fall by Northwestern University Press. "Ivan and Misha" by Michael Alenyikov. It just won the Northern California Book Award for Fiction and has been nominated for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Getting incredibly good reactions to it from both the gay press and readers and straight readers, too. There's info on it on the book's Amazon page and my website, It's at several local bookstore, too.

Sergei, congratulations. Getting published isn't easy (pace, vanity presses, pace), and getting published by a university press is even more difficult, unless a book really passes muster.

May your book reach many readers and may you continue working on more publications.

Two Boys, at Swim.

If you are a young man, just discovering your sexuality, you may enjoy GIOVANNI'S ROOM by James Baldwin. I did and remember it to this day. and other el cheapo outlets will allow you to buy a paperback of this and other gay-themed books for near to nothing.

Happy reading and, who knows, you might feel a lot stronger and more aware afterwards. Go for it. You might even be willing to share your view on this or any other gay book on this site, or on Amazon, etc.