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Title: The Czar of Wilton Drive
Author: RP Andrews
Publisher: Kokoro Press
Genre/Sub-Genre: Gay Fiction
The Czar of Wilton Drive, the story of Jonathan Antonucci, a 21 year old, barely-out-the-closet gay man from suburban New York who overnight finds himself a multi-millionaire, thanks to a bequest by his late gay great uncle. Uncle Charlie has unexpectedly died of a heart attack, leaving him the sole owner of several of the most successful bars in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale’s gay ghetto, making Jonathan the Czar of Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors’ main drag.
Flying down to Lauderdale to claim his bequest, Jon encounters Uncle Charlie’s dubious friends and business associates, and is immediately submerged in Lauderdale’s scene of unbridled sex and heavy drugs. He also discovers his great uncle’s memoirs which reveal truths not only about Jon’s own past but also what may have really happened to his uncle.
Is Gay Marriage All It’s Cracked Up To Be?:
It looks like just three more months until the gay marriage soap opera ends its run. That’s when the Supreme Court will come out, hopefully, with its final decision on the issue.
The Feds have thrown their hat in the ring and recently announced the U.S. Department of Justice will be filing a brief with the Supreme Court opposing statewide bans on marriage equality as a matter of equal protection under the law. It will be butting heads with the chief attorneys of several states who view marriage as a states rights issue and have asked the Supreme Court to make up its mind. But it’s heartening to hear, considering all the Religious Right and political action groups against us, that thousands of others are filing briefs with the Court supporting gay marriage. Businesses like Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Coke, and Johnson and Johnson, religious groups, advocacy groups and politicians, including mayors from over two hundred cites across the country, and even sports teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, New England Patriots and San Francisco Giants.
I know I sound crazy but when some guys take porn to bed, I, on occasion, like to read the U.S. Constitution. (Yea, I’m a nerd at heart.) Despite its lofty, almost religious elevation in our society, it is a remarkably brief, sometimes contradictory and intentionally ambiguous document.
Now all of us gay marriage proponents, str8 and gay alike, are hanging our case on the Fourteenth Amendment, which states “ no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens … nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Case closed right?
For nowhere in Article I of the Constitution which talks about the powers of Congress, nor Article II which addresses the powers of the Chief Executive or President, nor Article II which outlines the powers of the Supreme Court is marriage ever mentioned.
Now flip to Amendment Ten: “Powers not delegated to the United States (meaning the Feds) by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively or to the people.”
Could this mean the Supreme Court might, just might throw the whole SSM issue back in the hands of each state’s voters?
Having said that, I highly doubt the justices would allow the country to fall into matrimonial chaos by siding with the states. So it looks like the expected is inevitable.
But now let’s focus on an even more profound issue.
Is same sex marriage for everyone?
I’m happy that our rights as citizens will be recognized, particularly when we subsidize straight couple’s procreation by paying higher income taxes. And I think it’s terrific that that those of us who are itching to get hitched legally because we really want to and realize and understand the responsibilities and restrictions may soon have the chance of doing just that no matter what state we live in.
But being the cynic’s cynic I also wonder if some of these life partners that need a flower girl to make their lives complete are doing it for the glitz factor or because it’s the hip “in” thing to do right now. Like the supposedly happily married gay neighbors of mine who proudly passed around their 2008 wedding pictures from Toronto to those of us attending their Thanksgiving dinner party; by March, Hal, the prettier of the two, had left Sam for a twink two blocks away.
What do I think? If you asked many, if not most guys if they really would want to be married, the resounding response you would get would be “Fuck, no way!” Straights are moving away from marriage and living together, so why the fuck would we want to go the other way? (I know why: pensions, social security and health benefits, rights of survivorship, but you get my point.)
Being a practical, no-nonsense man, I’d like to point out some of the other, not so romantic realities same sex unions face. And since I’m a guy I’ll address it from a guy’s point of view. Having been in the professional world and taught college, it’s my firm conviction that the women in American society are far more mature than their male counterparts, and probably more sensible when it comes to entering into marriage with “their girl.” (As one lesbian faculty member at the college we both taught at put it, “When two guys connect, it’s all about the sex. When two girls connect, they’re married.”)
First, remember, boys, if you’re legally married and it sours, you’ve got to legally divorce. You don’t just pack up your Titan DVD’s and your toothbrush and leave. Hell, some enterprising attorneys down in Fort Lauderdale where I live are already advertising assistance with gay separations and divorces. And based on what I’ve seen with straight couples I’ve known whose marriages have gone south, that ain’t easy, nor pretty. One buddy of mine, str8 married for decades before deciding to divorce to lead the life of a gay blade, is still waiting for his half of the money two years after papers were filed, with no minor children or convoluted investments like cattle ranches in Alaska to muddy the waters.
And let’s say you marry a guy who has a lot less assets than you and who at some point decides to run off with a hottie. With community property laws in place in most states, regardless who left who, are you ready to split the 401K you worked so hard for?
But what do I think is the ultimate irony in this messed up controversy about gay marriage?
While public opinion is more and more on our side, there are still many uptight straights, driven by misguided religious convictions, who will continue to believe allowing gays to tie the knot will bring a Sodom and Gomorrah dissolution to our society. (Even if 10% of the population is gay and every one of us wanted marriage, that still leaves 9 out of 10 hetero adult Americans, so I don’t get the math.)
Yet, the majority of straight marriages – 60% – many with kids in the equation, end in divorce.
Shouldn’t society be worried about that first?
About the Author:
RP Andrews spent most of his life in New York City as a public relations executive before relocating to Fort Lauderdale in 2002, where he enjoyed a brief, second career teaching writing at a local university.
All his works of erotic gay fiction and non-fiction are available on amazon.com and Barnes and Noble; and other select publishers’ sites.
His first work of erotic gay fiction, a collection of edgy short stories called Basic Butch, was originally published by San Francisco-based GLBT Publishers in 2008. Basic Butch features characters who go down life paths that, in the end, they wish they had never explored.
His latest works of serious gay fiction include:
The Czar of Wilton Drive, is the story of Jonathan Antonucci, a 21 year old, barely-out-the-closet gay man from suburban New York who overnight finds himself a multi-millionaire, thanks to a bequest by his late gay great uncle. Uncle Charlie has unexpectedly died of a heart attack, leaving him the sole owner of several of the most successful bars in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale’s gay ghetto, making Jonathan the Czar of Wilton Drive.
Flying down to Lauderdale to claim his bequest, Jon encounters Uncle Charlie’s dubious friends and business associates, and is immediately submerged in Lauderdale’s scene of unbridled sex and heavy drugs. He also discovers his great uncle’s memoirs which reveal truths not only about Jon’s own past but also what may have really happened to his uncle. In the end, Jon is torn between avenging Uncle Charlie’s death or loving the man responsible for it. From Kokoro Press.
Not In it For The Love, set at the turn of the new millennium. Josh, a young street-smart Florida drifter is snatched from his dead-end existence as a male hustler in a cheap Key Largo motel by Bishop, a Wall Street power broker who sets him up as his trophy boy in Manhattan society.
There, Josh, after leading a promiscuous lifestyle within New York City’s gay sub-culture, meets Hylan, a young, bi-racial, down-on-his luck, wheelchair-bound musician who awakens in Josh what love can be between two men. But their chance at happiness and the lives of those around them are forever changed by 9/11.
Buy Guys, RP Andrews’ newest novella scheduled for release late spring, 2015, is the story of Blaze and Pete, two young, gay handsome drifters with nothing, and nothing to lose. Blaze convinces Pete, who is falling in love with him, to leave dreary New Jersey and lead free and easy lives as male prostitutes in sunny Fort Lauderdale. Blaze, however, soon pulls Pete into a much larger, more dangerous scheme, a scheme that eventually threatens to destroy them both.
RP Andrews’ daily social commentary blog on gay life in America has been running since 2010 at str8gayconfessions.com, and a second edition collection of these commentaries is available as an e-book on amazon.com.
Confessions of a Str8Gay Man is RP Andrews’ unvarnished, unorthodox views of Modern Gay America which are often counter to today’s political correct gay media. In addition, there is Furry Man’s Journal, his erotic memoirs as a hirsute gay man as told through his experiences with the dozen iconic men in his life
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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