Simon Doonan knows that when it comes to style, the gays are the chosen people. A second anthropological truth comes to him midway through a turkey burger with no bun, at an otherwise hetero barbecue: Do the straight people have any idea how many calories are in the guacamole? In this hilarious discourse on and guide to the well-lived life, Doonan goes far beyond the secrets to eating like the French—he proves that gay men really are French women, from their delight in fashion, to their brilliant choices in accessories and décor, to their awe-inspiring ability to limit calorie intake. A Gucci-wearing Margaret Mead at heart, Doonan offers his own inimitable life experiences and uncanny insights into makes gay people driven to live every day feeling their best, and proves that they have just as much—and possibly better—wisdom, advice, and inspiration beyond the same old diet and exercise tips.
So put down that bag of Pirate’s Booty and pick up this fierce and fabulous book. From slimming jaunts through Capri in the evening to an intrepid “Bear” hunt (if you have to ask, you have to read this book and find out for yourself), Gay Men Don’t Get Fat is the ultimate approach to a glamorous lifestyle—plus, you are guaranteed to laugh away the pounds!
The purpose of this book is to extract useful nuggets and nuances from my gay life and hurl them in your direction, often with tremendous force and gusto. English-born Doonan (Wacky Chicks) does just that in this hilarious and sometimes smarmy account of the social mores of the gay community. Having spent more than two decades dressing windows at Barneys New York before taking up writing, Doonan has had plenty of experience with the gay canon a broad cultural smorgasbord which provides a quirky, thought-provoking linchpin or reference point for every creative moment. He goes on to discuss his favorite films, books, fashionistas, and momentous movements (Art Nouveau, Rustic Modern, and Skank Molecular (?) among them). There are chapters on face lifts and liposuction (generally to be avoided), gay subcultures, and a glossary of a secret gay lingua Palare. In addition to educating those not-in-the-know, Doonan regales readers with tongue-in-cheek commentary and witchy barbs that bespeak a more militant Joan Rivers. The title refers to Doonan s theory that gay men are too meticulous about their appearance to get fat and he follows many tangents of that theory. The veracity of the title may be questionable, but while reading Doonan, men and women straight or gay definitely don t get bored.
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I've only read the sample but laughed the whole time. I've been looking for a grear book to read and I have found it!
A fun and fruity read
A fun a fruity read :)