Phil Reese

A garden of wisdom

Filed By Phil Reese | July 06, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: economic policy, LGBT history, love, Lundon Calling, Patricia Nell Warren, writing a book

This week, on my other podcast, I couldn't escape my Bilerico roots. Ace Lundon, Lance Helms and I had the pleasure of interviewing pnw-portrait1-165x215.jpgcelebrated lesbian writer, trailblazer, publisher--and Bilerico contributor--Patricia Nell Warren.

Patricia (whom I have it on good authority is one of Bil Browning's favorite authors ever) joined us on the show after our discussion of Arizona's crazy immigration law (and more sensible pot laws) and discussed how Patricia became an icon of our movement.

For those of you who don't know, Patricia, who was born and raised in Montana, made a splash in the writing world in 1974 with the publication of one of the most famous gay novels ever, The Front Runner and galvanized a community. Patricia now lives in Beverly Hills, California where she writes about the intersection between living a very gay life and broader issues that face all people and especially LGBT people--everything from economic issues, to aging, to religion, to even sports. Not to mention her very popular blogs about her garden!

Learn more after the jump.

Patricia gave us brilliant commentary on how our nation's economic woes are endangering our LGBT community disproportionately. I felt like I was listening to the lesbian Alan Greenspan.

We also discussed the art and discipline of writing, at length, and Patricia dished out lots of great advice for young bloggers and budding novelists. As the three of us interviewing her write for various publications, we had a really fun time and a great conversation discussing the field. We also talked about how Patricia became a blogger, and a Projector. Learn how Patricia does her writing, where she finds her inspiration, how she gets into the minds of male characters and what she loves about writing on show 78.

Finally, we discussed Patricia's new autobiography on its way soon, as well as Patricia's coming out story. Find out how Patricia's publisher, Reader's Digest, reacted when she published The Front Runner, as well as how her father broke the news to their old fashioned western friends and neighbors. You can even get her take on the Al Gore scandal!

Check out this fascinating interview on Lundon Calling Show 78!


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Patricia Warren is a very talented writer.

Thank-you for the interview.

Patricia is also behind Outsport's magnificent archive of gay athletics.

She and Ronald L. Donaghe are my literary heroes.

AndrewW, glad you liked it!

Lucrece, we finally agree on something!

Isn't she amazing?

I'd also like to recommend her novel, "The Fancy Dancer". It's like a local version of "The Front Runner".

One of my great Montana heroes! Thanks, Phil!

jimtoevs@yahoo.com | July 7, 2010 3:18 AM

Patricia is a treasure from the Treasure State of Montana. She is a gifted writer, a fountain of wisdom, and a wonderful friend.

I know, I was thinking of you the whole time!

John R. Selig | July 7, 2010 7:19 PM

Patricia is one of my dearest friends.

Patricia is also one of the most intelligent and gifted writers and historians I have ever known. She is a world-class gardner (something she enjoys as much as writing) and a first-rate cook. I could never ask for a more supportive and loving friend!

However, one correction. Patricia doesn't live in Beverly Hills.

John R. Selig | July 7, 2010 7:20 PM

Patricia is one of my dearest friends.

Patricia is also one of the most intelligent and gifted writers and historians I have ever known. She is a world-class gardner (something she enjoys as much as writing) and a first-rate cook. I could never ask for a more supportive and loving friend!

However, one correction. Patricia doesn't live in Beverly Hills.

GraciesDaddy | July 7, 2010 8:55 PM

The Front Runner, Harlan's Race and Billy's Boy occupy THE most prominent spaces on my bookshelf!!

I bought my FIRST copy of Front Runner [I have since bought others to replace the dog-eared copies since I re-read it quite often as well as give copies to friends] in 1978 on the recommendation of a friend. On a rainy, cold North Carolina Sunday, I picked up the book after lunch... and did not put it down until I finished it at 2AM!!!! PNW's writing is like reading a letter from a favorite friend... and you can't wait to see what happens next.