Big month in the Michael Carosone - Joseph LoGiudice household: They've adopted a two-year old Shih Tzu and co-edited a new essay collection called Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men.Blurbed by Michael Musto, David Bergman, and Michelangelo Signorile, the book features these authors and possibly more:
Michael Carosone, John D'Emilio, Charles Derry, George Di Stefano, Joseph A. Federico, Joseph A. LoGiudice, Michael Luongo,David Masello, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Joe Oppedisano, Frank Anthony Polito, Felice Picano, Michael Schiavi, Frank Spinelli, and Tony Tripoli.
Many of the writers recount struggles to balance their homosexuality with their complicated, tradition-bound Italian-American heritage. Happily, in most cases the rejecting families eventually come round to acceptance and affirmation.
Joseph says, "The book centers broadly on the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity and how they clash with one another. Specific themes surround familial issues, conflicts with Roman Catholicism, father-son disputes, gender stereotypes, and the separation of gay and Italian American identities."
Their first book event is at the B&N at Broadway & 82nd St on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00.