I Sing the Body Brilliant

Houston wellness guru Alan Davidson pens a new health book. Plus Rita Mae B, and other ReadOut Shorts.

Alan Davidson

Author and resident OutSmart wellness advisor Alan Davidson greets the spring with the release this month of Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences.

“Most people would choose to be healthy and happy, but most of us don’t know exactly how to get there,” Davidson says, regarding the inspiration for the book. “Body Brilliance is my little instruction manual on a thrilling, happy, fun, and healthy life.”

But this tome is no Nirvana for Dummies. Describing life as energy, Davidson (also a massage therapist, for which he is a perennial winner in the OutSmart Gayest & Greatest reader poll) says everyone has five specific energies that are used in life.

“I call them IQs: physical, emotional, mental, moral, and spiritual. Each of these IQs can be measured and, more importantly, peaked and improved.”

BodyBrillianceDavidson hopes readers, in turn, are inspired to look good, feel great, free their mind, and act better. “Live life full tilt and for the fun of it!”

The 220-page book (from Author’s Publishing Cooperative) contains fetching photographs from the talented eye of Victoria Davis, who also provided images for Healing the Heart of the World, the 2006 anthology to which Davidson contributed.

Davidson signs copies of his book on March 22 at Bering & James Gallery. At this event, one of Davis’ photos from the book (a $1,600 value) will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting Legacy Community Health Services.

Body Brilliance is available “at fine bookstores everywhere,” Davidson says, and at For details, visit Davidson’s website:


Rita Mae Brown in Houston

Our favorite master of the cozy cat genre mystery, Rita Mae Brown, is coming to Houston! In addition to Rubyfruit Jungle, Six of One, and Venus Envy, Brown (along with co-author Sneaky Pie) has delighted readers with 14 (and soon to be 15) Mrs. Murphy mysteries.

An icon of lesbian fiction, Brown has consistently provided us with great stories, wonderful language, and a sense that we too can play.   Her autobiographical writings reveal a life as interesting as that of any of her characters. An articulate, lively, and fun speaker, this opportunity to hear Brown is not to be missed.    

Brown will be appearing as part of Murder By The Book’s 2007 Mystery Author Luncheon Series. The luncheon will be held at The Briar Club, Wednesday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $55 and include lunch, a talk by Brown, a question-and-answer session, and a copy of the latest Sneaky Pie novel, Puss ‘n Cahoots. Tickets are available only from Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet, 713/524-8597. — Angel Curtis

Judy Chicago
The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation
Merrell Publishers
DinnerPartyRecalling an incident from her days as an undergrad student at UCLA, the renowned conceptual artist and author notes: “The professor, a respected his- torian, promised that at the last class he would discuss women’s contributions to Western thought. I waited eagerly all semester and, at the final meeting, the instructor strode in and announced: ‘Women’s contributions to European intellectual history? They made none.'” Well! Learn what else drove this muse in this “making-of” look at Chicago’s groundbreaking, ’70s-era installation celebrating historical achievements of women. — Preview: N.F.


Blanche’s Last Fling  
Ivor Treby
De Blackland Press
Over the year’s Ivor Treby has brought us some of our generation’s best poetry. From a pre-AIDS celebration of gay life to his wry descriptions of us all, Treby has excelled at reminding us of all that is good not only in our lives, but in ourselves. Sadly, the forward to Treby’s latest book, Blanche’s Last Fling, indicates this may be his last book of original work. A major work by a major voice, this one is a keeper. — Review: A.C.


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