This blog was originally hosted in WestHollywood. (Hey Dorothy, isn’t that where all the gays come from? How cliche’d. GLAAD might have had something to say about that!) It’s probably a good thing I decided to copy everything out early because I certainly didn’t catch the news about Yahoo shutting down GeoCities until after the fact. Phew. (GeoCities was shutdown on 26 October 2009 – RIP)
Now some of the entries are the subject of a book by Gary Atkins called The Escape from Nosferatu: Imagining Gay Paradises in Southeast Asia (HK University Press, 2009) due out soon. The book focuses on the stories of 3 people, Walter Spies, a German painter and photographer who had an immense influence on Balinese art; Khun Toc, the enigmatic connoisseur behind the internationally renown Babylon of Bangkok; and myself. How are we all connected? You’ll have to read for yourself. Suffice to say I learnt a thing or two about my own backstory, and a whole lot more about SE Asian gay history from this very comprehensively researched tome.