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Twisted Harmony revisits the tales and life story of a young gay man struggling with self identity and sexuality, through a variety of life experiences and some down right horrible circumstances. All in the path to winning the then coveted title of Mr Gay Sydney.
sound familiar? well it might. This very website was built around a project we did with the then Mr Gay Sydney, Kent Gryphon, who is the author of this massive novel. When Kent won the title, he wanted to make the pageant more than just a tits n ass thing, and we did a fundraiser for the AIDS Trust of Australia, by producing our first video guide - on VHS no less.
Years on, we have become a massive international GBLTI hub, and Kent has re-written his novel a billion times, but the end result is sooo worth it!
After reading a few earlier versions - and even being in the story myself, it was a real pleasure to know Kent had reached his goal - we always knew the potential in the story he was writing… and this version is just that, a perfectly written piece of Gay fiction… sure - there are lots of Sydney references in there, and many Sydney-siders will have a giggle figuring out who is who - there are icons, dykons, and many self absorbed characters in this book, and its an amazing read.
Funnily enough - i was intrigued as to why my part of the story had been cut - thats right - i was informed that my part of the story was no longer there… so without having to issue cease and diciest orders, i awaited the arrival of the book in the post… and no wonder - the story ends when the character wins the Mr Gay Sydney title… just before my storyline would have started… so will there be a part two? A lot of other Sydney folk are intrigued as to the stories that were in earlier drafts of the book…
But enough self focus - really, this book is totally kick ass. It deals with many gay issues, like coming out, relationships, domestic violence, and its done with a unique, slightly kinky bent that will have you turning pages as fast as your eyeballs will allow.
Twisted Harmony has instantly earned its place in gay publishing history along side classics like "Holding The Man". Its iconic, educational, dramatic and entertaining.
This book should really be on the list of "must read" books for anyone who needs help coming out, and especially those dealing with domestic violence issues… I actually hope ACON and other community health organizations jump on this as a great resource.
the book is currently in limited print, and if your lucky enough you might be able to grab one from the Bookshop Darlinghurst.
You know how much we love our Kathy, but when we heard that Maggie - the super fabulous Mother of the hilarious comedian (and the star of My Life On The D-List - lol) was releasing her own memoir, we thought we would be in for a treat.
Heading to the Borders at Madison Square Garden on the last day of our New York City trip - we thought we would icon-up the moment even more… safe to say we were sneakily arranging the books all around the store to showcase the book even more than the staff did! lol
But I digress…
Delving into Tip It!: The World According to Maggie - was my way of surviving the hideous flight from NYC to LA, and then LA to Sydney… and you know what - it worked a treat.
Maybe not for the other passengers (all of whom were Christian Youth missionaries) who had to put up with the uncontrollable laughing, crying and gay gasps from little old me.
Tip It, literally has to be one of the best reads of the decade. An honest and incomparable insight into a lovely and endearing woman - who for all the life experience and upbringings that would make you think she would be anti everything - just shows how a beautiful she is and what a keen sense of whats right makes for a fabulous person no matter the age.
Now Kathy herself is right - she should be scared that her own mother would be "stealing her gays" - and this book will do just that. Maggie is a champion of the highest cause. You feel like you are sitting on her shoulder throughout the entire book, and feel like you know her, her husband (the equally brilliant Johnny - who also appeared on the D-List with Kathy) and her life story.
The insights "inserted" by Kathy herself, are as quick as she is in her standup, and do not detract from the message of the book, the engagement of Maggie with the reader, but lend an additional "devil's advocate" to what the reader is probably thinking themselves.
TIP IT is a defiant must read, and is destined for the New York Times best seller list. Get it any way you can… and read it over and over - you WILL love it!