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That dirty, talentless motherfucker.

Thanks to a hat tip from raucuspc, I have learned that the whole undercover reporter at Leather Retreat/Manflesh debacle lives on. Our old buddy Grant Stoddard decided that this expose was so good, it merited being republished in his upcoming book.


Can anyone say, "Boy, Boymeat sure is pissed?" 'Cause I can.

I really, REALLY want to organize a group of folks to go see him at a booksigning. Fucker.

Edit: Ooooh, I forgot that ANYONE can write an Amazon.com review! Hee! See mine here.


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Feb. 9th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Uhm. My first thought is: boymeat = hot, manflesh = ew.

Aside from his shady and shitty ethics, the man needs to work on his pseudonym choices.
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Feb. 9th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
You are, of course, completely right. Attending a book signing would do nothing but bad things.

I also, unfortunately, do not feel I could do a book review. I cannot think about this topic, even today - years later, without my blood boiling.
Feb. 9th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you could recruit a friend who writes well to ghost-write a response for you. I agree that your righteous anger could keep you from writing your best work but that doesn't mean you couldn't approach nerve.com about a rebuttal.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you have a friend who is a professional writer who would happy to ghost-write a complaint about the ethics involved if you wanted her to.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Wanna do coffee next week?
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Are you free, by any chance, on Thursday evening around 8?
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's a date. Can you make it into the city?
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
That's why I suggested that time. I'll already be in the city. :) (at, um, 29th and 7th)
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'd say you probably have a number of professional writer friends that might do the same.

(But you should totally have lunch with the melebabe no matter what. Because I can't. :( )
Feb. 9th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ethics aside...I'd say that you making de Sade look like Pat Boone is a point of recommendation rather than a slight. At least from what this guys point of view concerning de Sade is.

Manflesh though??? You gotta be kidding me. I agree...Boymeat hot...Manflesh...icky.

If you and a group show up, you'll be feeding into an impromptu publicity stunt for this guy. The best revenge is living well. Man's just jealous! Review the book and publish the review. Live well, and fuck him. :-)
Feb. 9th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
The piece on the link is a shortened version of the overall masterpiece he originally wrote. That shite can still be found on the Nerve.com website.

I am living well, and you are right.
Feb. 9th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I hate that his book is getting so much press.
It got a blurb in Playboy for crying out loud.

Feb. 9th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
By his own admittal he's a lazy shmuck. He should be ashamed of himself for including the piece about camp in his book, as he misrepresented himself and betrayed your trust. in any case, here's hoping his book sells poorly.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry you have to deal with all of this again - all the anger and hurt and public controversy. My advice: ignore it. He's not a big name, it won't be a big deal to just ignore it. Why read it and get yourself all upset again?

However, in all friendship and honesty, I do have to ask you... don't you think that quoting the nerve piece in your scene bio gives the piece legitimacy? Doesn't that seem like you're endorsing it, that you even approve of it and appreciate it?
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
That is a very good question! I actually did so quite deliberately... it was the only way I could think of to take something so negative and turn it into a positive for me.
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for answering that (and for not taking offense). I've been wondering that for a while. That makes sense.
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
It's true you were betrayed, but I think you're right to take something positive from it. Obviously the publishing company picked that bit he wrote about you because it rang the most authentic and interesting - regardless of the exact facts he uses, I think the story reflects well on you overall.

You're immortal, man! This story will apparently never die.
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
If you could muster sufficient numbers to crowd out actual fans, it might be worthwhile to sit in politely on his talk, fill the line for the book signing, then politely decline to buy a book or have it signed. Book signing sessions are suppose to make authors nervous and drained, anyway. Facing a hostile, but polite crowd might drive home the point to the author and publisher.
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Sigh...this is what most reporters do. They're slimy, and they want to infiltrate the few genuine corners of the world where people are creating interesting things for themselves. That is so they can repackage it and sell the mainstreamified package to the world. I've heard so many stories like this - bike messengers, LES squatters in the 80's, protest medics, and so on. There's very little cure, except to realize that you continue to have a genuinely interesting lifestyle in a community you helped create, and they have the adoration of people who, to a person, exist outside that community.

Growing up, I said, "I don't care what other people think about me." Later, I realized that wasn't true; I care what CERTAIN people think a whole lot. I assure you, this dude and his readers are not people who should be in that category for you.
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