November Meetup

This month we will be reading Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho by Clayton Littlewood.

Book description from the author's website:

Is it appropriate to speak to television personalities when they’re buying underwear? How should you react when a transsexual wants to show you her latest surgery? What is the correct etiquette for visiting a brothel?
These are the questions that matter in London’s Soho neighbourhood, where Clayton Littlewood and his partner Jorge Betancourt run a designer clothing store Dirty White Boy. From his window on one of the busiest street corners in the world, Clayton watches the daily parade of fashion queens, prostitutes, gangsters and celebrities that make up the population of this strangest of villages.
His Soho diary is a snapshot of modern London, caught between the ghosts of the past and the uncertainties of the future.
The cast of characters range from Sue and Maggie, the girls from the brothel upstairs, to Angela the feisty trannie, to Pam the Fag Lady, begging for money and cuddles and Chico, the campest queen on Old Compton Street. Not to mention cameo appearances from stars (Kathy Griffin, Janice Dickinson and Graham Norton).
And amidst all this madness occurs one of the strangest and most touching love stories you will ever read.

Remember that Books, Inc. provides book club members a 15% discount on the books we are reading for the meetup. Call ahead to make sure they have a copy available for you. They can also arrange to have books shipped to you.

Parking and transportation:

Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free at this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free on Sundays. (Regularly $0.50/hr)

The Civic Center Parking Structure is next door to the Alameda Theatre and is located at 1416 Oak Street, between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street.

The bookstore is also not too far from the Fruitvale BART Station on Oakland. It is an easy bus ride from there. Arrangements can also be made with the organizer and/or other members for rides to and from the BART. Just post requests and availability to the comments, or e-mail me through the web page links.


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  • Arinna W.


    November 26, 2013

  • Gabriela D.

    aww, man! We missed it and you all. Urgh. Hope you all have a great week.

    November 25, 2013

  • crisolivia

    Let's just say book was not my cup of tea. Yet folks are really nice and there was an open and honest, friendly discussion.

    November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the area. I haven't read the book, but look forward to hearing the discussion and meeting some new folks!

    November 17, 2013

    • Gary

      There's never any pressure to have any part of the book read. It'll be great to have you, regardless.

      November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not going to make it this time. I'll shoot for December's

      November 24, 2013

  • alan b

    & as for the book itself, not that deep into it, but skimming later parts doesn't seem to get markedly different from the beginning -- lots of vignettes of life there. Would've been curious to know others' reactions to that, but i found it interesting/~amusing reading but not exciting or deep or fascinating enough that i'd have put it high enough on my priority list to get it read before all the other books i still want to get to (or finish, from prior readings i started<urp!>).

    ...Maybe is more fascinating to those who haven't spent their lives in major urban areas (i started life in NYC) & haven't experienced 1st hand the "oddities" of gay life. Sorry i'll likely miss what others have to say about it, but if anyone cares to comment i'd be intrigued to know.

    November 24, 2013

    • Gary

      It actually starts to take a turn later in the book, as he focuses many of the entries on specific characters and their stories. It was kind of unexpected, and an interesting surprise. But, it remains a collection of vignettes, as you noted.

      November 24, 2013

  • Valerie K.

    Knee deep in homework and probably will not make it today.

    November 24, 2013

  • alan b

    Ooops -- turns out a friend is holding a workshop (on Queer Spirituality) at the Long Haul at 4pm, so that'll probably prevent me from getting there on time, since it's scheduled to end at the same time this starts & that's in Berkeley. - Might have to skip this.<sigh>

    November 24, 2013

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