August 20, 2007

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I might soon have an exciting piece of news to share.

I do.

A quick look through the archives of this blog will make it clear that I haven’t been posting nearly as much for the last couple of years as I did before that; there was even a time, indeed, when I made daily posts. I am desolate to have slacked off for so long, but it’s been for a good reason, which is that I have been spending my creative energy elsewhere, in writing a book.

A book that has been accepted for publication, I have just learned, by Broadway/Random House (the same people who published my first book, Gay Haiku, which you must immediately buy and read if you have not already done so).

The new book has taken me so long to write because it consists not of 110 more short poems but of nine long-ish essays, à la David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, David Rakoff, et al.

The book is called Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever. There are essays about knitting, casual sex, cheerleading, teaching aerobics, musical theater writing, dating, gay summer camp, go-go dancing, and a surprise topic I may or may not choose to reveal in advance of the book’s publication, which is scheduled for June 2008.

I am very, very pleased with the manuscript, though I’m sure I’ll continue to edit it until the printers yank it out of my hands.

But, man, it was easier when I only had to come up with 1,870 syllables.

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28 Responses to A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I might soon have an exciting

  1. Jere says:

    Congratulations! That’s really cool! Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Mazel tov, hon! I am beyond proud of and happy for you.

    (You’ll introduce me to your agent, right?)

  3. TED says:


    Naturally, I’d be happier if the release date weren’t so far off, but I reckon you insisted on having that long to diet for the release party.

    Does your arrangement with ES allow you to make out with purchasers at book signings?

  4. lksn says:

    Good news ! Looking forward to reading it.

  5. The FAF says:

    V. exciting!

    But please, please don’t let it get turned into an unfortunate TLA release.

  6. signalite says:

    Oh dear. This makes me so giddy with anticipation that I may need to change my underwear. Congrats, sweetie.

  7. Jeff says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait.

  8. Sin says:

    But…but…that was my idea! You bitch!

    (I’m sorry, I figured you needed at least one angry queen, so I took on the burden of being irate. Well done! Now can you ask them about publishing a gay Pakistani as well please, so I have the motivation to actually do something with my life?)

  9. David says:

    That’s so gay.

  10. Joe R says:

    Now you can go back to daily posting, right?

  11. Sparky says:

    I am bursting with pride over the completion of your quest!

  12. Logan says:

    I love you.

  13. tim says:

    OH, YAY!!!!!!! I can’t wait for the release. Don’t forget to invite me to your book party. πŸ™‚

  14. Aidan says:

    Congrats, boychick. Your Mama must be kvelling. Something to share with the yentas at the Break the Fast.

    Please put me down for two copies. Will you autograqph one to me with shockingly pornographic words? THank be be the most ut!


  15. Richard says:

    Make sure you have a book signing in Atlanta, at Outwrite, so your former Camp-Campers can come see and buy.

  16. John says:

    Considering some of your exploits, has anyone proposed a special pop-up edition yet? No? I suppose we should be grateful that the sexy stuff isn’t rendered in hieroglyphs. Um. I’m assuming.

  17. Kevin says:

    That’s awesome. I’ll be sure to pick up my copy.

  18. Good news!

  19. Uncle Zoloft says:

    Dalink, to think I knew you when. I’m so proud I am kvelling.
    I look forward to the Charleston signing. I ran into an old friend of ours who dropped some unexpected dirt that shed light on your past – or shall I say – may have started you on the path to where you are.

  20. Justin says:

    Screw the book (I mean congrats and all)! I wanna know about this “surprise topic I may or may not choose to reveal in advance of the book’s publication, which is scheduled for June 2008.” What’s THAT about?! Hmmmm?

  21. Dr.P says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to paying full price for a copy.

  22. Kenny says:

    Is Barnes & Noble going to have a midnight release party

  23. Bob says:

    Hey wait a minute, you’re GAY?? Does E.S. know?

  24. miss wanton says:

    what a fantastic title!

  25. Lee says:


  26. Andy says:

    I can’t wait!

  27. Jess says:

    Congratulations! You can count on us to buy it!

  28. Greg says:

    Can’t wait to see it! Missed you at Camp! πŸ™‚



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