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I have been hearing a lot lately about the supposedly "tell all" on gay Palm Springs called "Postcards from Palm Springs" by Robert Julian.

 

Anybody here read it - any comments - worth reading? worth buying?

 

Lucky - you probably know about it. Do tell.......

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I have been hearing a lot lately about the supposedly "tell all" on gay Palm Springs called "Postcards from Palm Springs" by Robert Julian.

 

Anybody here read it - any comments - worth reading? worth buying?

 

Lucky - you probably know about it. Do tell.......

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If you've been "reading a lot" about it, that's a testament to what a publicity hound Robert julian is! This book, which I haven't read, seems to be to Palm Springs what the tv series The O.C. was to Orange county.

 

There is a tourist Palm Springs that I see little of. Gay guys come here to some 40 resorts, cavort in the pools and hottubs, and go home. We rarely interact.

 

Then there are the residents, many, if not most of them, older retired gay guys. They go to the gym, play tennis, and sit around their pools in gated communities. I've heard that there is a lot of drinking, some crystal use, and some barebacking. Occasionally a porn star is sighted at the gym.

 

Finally, there are guys like me. We stay home and read, plot trips, play on the computer, go to the gym, and then come home and read about our fascinating lives.

 

So, if Julian can make a book, or a tv series, out of that, well, more power to him.

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If you've been "reading a lot" about it, that's a testament to what a publicity hound Robert julian is! This book, which I haven't read, seems to be to Palm Springs what the tv series The O.C. was to Orange county.

 

There is a tourist Palm Springs that I see little of. Gay guys come here to some 40 resorts, cavort in the pools and hottubs, and go home. We rarely interact.

 

Then there are the residents, many, if not most of them, older retired gay guys. They go to the gym, play tennis, and sit around their pools in gated communities. I've heard that there is a lot of drinking, some crystal use, and some barebacking. Occasionally a porn star is sighted at the gym.

 

Finally, there are guys like me. We stay home and read, plot trips, play on the computer, go to the gym, and then come home and read about our fascinating lives.

 

So, if Julian can make a book, or a tv series, out of that, well, more power to him.

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Robert Julian is about as representative of Palm Springs as Paris Hilton is of Los Angeles. As my barber remarked to me yesterday, "Well, who would bother to read a book about about gay men like my partner and me, who cook at home, love our dogs, and go to bed at 9 o'clock?" Apparently the book had sold only 750 copies before Julian decided to create some scandalous stir with it through his publicity contacts. The image of Palm Springs as a wild gay sex mecca is mostly a marketing device promoted by the resorts. Visiting friends of mine who have stayed in those resorts say the tourists are mostly couples, or young men who come together to cruise and end up having sex with one another, or older men who bring escorts with them. I heard about regularly organized orgies, but when I got invited to a couple of them, I found it was always the same men, and hardly anyone was under 60 (and I saw no evidence of drug use other than Viagra). The bars are usually pretty dull, except during special events like The White Party, when one has to fight for machines at the World Gym in the afternoon, as the out-of-towners prepare hopefully for the evening. The population of the city is supposedly 40% gay, but the majority of the gay men are retirees, who are more interested in warm weather than hot sex. Even the gay mayor is an advertisement for bourgeois domestic partnership with little kiddies.

 

I'm not complaining--the town suits me just fine.

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Robert Julian is about as representative of Palm Springs as Paris Hilton is of Los Angeles. As my barber remarked to me yesterday, "Well, who would bother to read a book about about gay men like my partner and me, who cook at home, love our dogs, and go to bed at 9 o'clock?" Apparently the book had sold only 750 copies before Julian decided to create some scandalous stir with it through his publicity contacts. The image of Palm Springs as a wild gay sex mecca is mostly a marketing device promoted by the resorts. Visiting friends of mine who have stayed in those resorts say the tourists are mostly couples, or young men who come together to cruise and end up having sex with one another, or older men who bring escorts with them. I heard about regularly organized orgies, but when I got invited to a couple of them, I found it was always the same men, and hardly anyone was under 60 (and I saw no evidence of drug use other than Viagra). The bars are usually pretty dull, except during special events like The White Party, when one has to fight for machines at the World Gym in the afternoon, as the out-of-towners prepare hopefully for the evening. The population of the city is supposedly 40% gay, but the majority of the gay men are retirees, who are more interested in warm weather than hot sex. Even the gay mayor is an advertisement for bourgeois domestic partnership with little kiddies.

 

I'm not complaining--the town suits me just fine.

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