Your Humble Columnist Publishes a Book

Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness

After 15 years, Your Humble Columnist finally is about to become Your Humble Author. With this edition of the “Leather Life” column, I am pleased to announce officially my first book: Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness. To be published later this spring by Nelson Borhek Press, it contains selections from 15 years of “Leather Life” columns and other writings—112 columns in all, updated and annotated.

It has been a rather daunting task to wade through a large accumulation of columns and other writings to try to assemble some of them into a book that flows in some kind of logical order. As I compiled the book, I tried to pick the columns and other writings that have the most universal appeal. I grouped columns into chapters around certain themes.

Even though the columns were written as eclectic parts and pieces over a decade-and-a-half period, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well, when put together, they present a coherent portrayal of the book’s subtitle: “Life, History and Culture in the Leather/BDSM/Fetish Community.”

The book is divided into two sections. One shorter section is about leather, i.e., the things that have drawn the community together. The second and more substantial one is about the life of the community and its members as I have observed them over the past 15 years.

As a companion to the book, I also am pleased to present its website,, which eventually will replace the existing website for this column, I invite you to visit right now. You can find out more about the book, see the Table of Contents, read a few excerpts, and even sign up to be among the first to be notified when it is available later this spring.

After the book has been published, it will be available at or directly from

One last thing: On May 26, Queer Voices GLBT Reading Series will present an erotica reading at Form + Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Minneapolis. I’ll be one of the authors reading. It should be quite an evening. Maybe I’ll see you there. For more information, visit

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