It’s the age-old story rooted in classic American literature: superstar NYC drag queen and Martha Stewart VP doctor relocate to a bustling, fertile farm in upstate New York. This tale as old as time, or literal fairy tale, if you will, comes to us in two versions: TV and print, in the form of The Fabulous Beekman Boys and The Bucolic Plague, respectively.
For the medium of TV, The New York Times bestselling author and former drag star Joshua Kilmer-Purcell and partner Dr. Brent Ridge help convince us that gays can get down and dirty on the farm in the new Planet Green reality show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. One of the rarest gay breeds (and one of Bel Ami’s favorite clichés), the gay farmer, is cultivated and brought to fruition in the reality series as cameras follow Josh and Brent around their upstate farm as they raise kids (the goat kind) and frolic the surprisingly gay town with the locals.
If the reality show isn’t enough insight into the lives of gay corn-fed boys getting down and dirty with pigs (otherwise known as our weekly after-hours party), Joshua Kilmer-Purcell’s brand-spank-us-new memoir, The Bucolic Plague, provides an in-depth look behind-the-queens.
In the same snarky, sassy prose that earned him our adoration with his publishing debut, the must-read I Am Not Myself These Days, Josh supplies his wit in droves and turns a simple move to the country into the most fabulously campy, gay series of events ever. Throw in a few segments from the city (including funny tidbits from backstage at The Martha Stewart Show) and you’ve got our favorite summer time read.
With many places (and pages) to turn to catch the Fabulous Beekman Boys, this summer might play host to the gayest love story set in the country since Huck and Finn!
“The Fabulous Beekman Boys”
Wednesdays, 9:00/8:00 central on Planet Green (as well as heavy re-runs throughout the week)
“The Bucolic Plague”
$16.49 at Amazon.com
$11.99 on Kindle & iBooks
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