‘Male Impersonators’ Gets Digitally Dressed Up: now available on Kindle

Tom Cruise is reportedly working on a script for a sequel to Top Gun. In case he’s mislaid his well-thumbed original copy of Male Impersonators: Men Performing Masculinity, the book that outed the flaming queerness of the original movie, he needn’t worry. Tom can now download it in an instant as a Kindle eBook, in a ‘2011 Director’s Cut Edition’. AMAZON.COM * AMAZON.CO.UK *AMAZON.DE * AMAZON.FR * AMAZON.ES * AMAZON.IT *AMAZON.CO.JP * AMAZON.COM.BR * AMAZON.CA * AMAZON.IN * AMAZON.COM.AU In fact, Top Gun and Tom Cruise’s swishingly sexually ambiguous career only make up one of the chapters (and one of the weaker ones at […]

A Taste of Honey: Still Sweet Half a Century On

Hard to believe, but this year Tony Richardson’s wide-eyed 1961 ‘neo-realist’ masterpiece A Taste of Honey, based on a play by Salford playwright prodigy Shelagh Delaney is half a century old. Filmed on location in lyrical black and white when Manchester was still connected to its chimney-stacked ‘dark Satanic’ past, it tells the story of Jo, a gawky, dream-filled, pregnant, unmarried working class teenage girl thinking about life and thinking about death and neither one particularly appealing to her. This Sunday the Liverpool-based queer arts […]

Out magazine’s tribute to Mark Simpson

Out magazine have run a tribute to my work for them over the years here. I’m very touched. And it’s richly deserved, of course. But I can’t help but wonder: did I die?

Idling into the Future

Almost hidden in a forest of glossy beards, the brand spanking new issue of UK GQ Style (not available, I think, online) carries a feature by yours truly on the increasing popularity of the micro-blogging site Tumblr — which today officially overhauled Wikipedia in terms of page-views — and the idle rise of the ‘e-flaneur’. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the piece.

metrosexy serialised in The Independent

Today’s Independent carries a (very) edited version of the intro to metrosexy. It’s quite apt that it should appear in the Indy — the first piece in this collection ‘Here Come The Mirror Men’, the one which first outed the metrosexual, appeared in the Independent, back in 1994.