And leave the heady, nuanced world of literature, I've always said, to the learned men and women of letters.
That was, until the Bossman flipped me an advance copy of Mike Jones ' memoir. It's barely been six months since the male escort from Denver brought one of the nation's most powerful evangelicals to his knees for the last time, and already the book version is about to fly off the shelves into the eager, upturned sweaty palms of the masses. So it was with great resolve I determined to explore the world of male escort Mike Jones and his buddy "Art" the guy the rest of us knew as Pastor Ted Haggard.
The tried-and-true technique of the greatest book reviewers, I am told, is to mix up a good hot chocolate, or a toddy, and climb under the covers.
click This is, I am told, where the term "crawling in bed with a good book" comes from. I admit, I didn't stay there long. Call me inexperienced,but I quickly determined that between the sheets with this book, and this crowd, was a place I simply did not belong.
I carefully analyzed the plotline, assessed the narrative and dialogue, critiqued the nuance and symbolism. Not to sound too boastful, but I think I really started to get the hang of that intense-but-detached way that distinguishes the best reviewers.
Jones wastes no time getting started. The opening lines of his book introduce us to the guy who calls himself "Art from Kansas City. Silhouetted by the light from just one candle, he lay on his stomach with his arms at his sides He was both excited and nervous about what was going to happen The part about how "Art" really likes trying on Jones' "Stars 'n' Stripes" thong is a nice touch. Then there's the meth, and how Art really seems to dig it.
Out come the sex toys. Eventually, "Art" becomes emotionally needier. Ultimately Jones discovers Art's true identity Haggard's middle name is Arthur , and Jones gets madder and madder about the hypocrisy of the politically anti-gay evangelical lying on his massage table. Then the crescendo: how Jones calls several news organizations and pitches the story around until it finally busts wide open.
Interspersing the tale is an autobiography in which Jones writes poignantly about his childhood and his brothers. His dad is a really neat-sounding guy, and his mother her name was Shirley Jones was utterly lovely.
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For almost three years, a man named "Art" came to see Mike Jones, an escort, at least once a month. With time, the relationship deepened, including sexual experimentation as well as sincere conversation. I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall [Mike Jones, Sam Gallegos] on haubreaknozzthromme.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the story of the.
PDFs for back issues are downloadable from our online archives. Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials. Clark St. About WCMG. News Index. Mike Jones. Halsted, on Aug. When the world came crashing around me [ after outing Haggard ] and I needed help, I couldn't find it.
This was serious. And you know, pastor Boyd refused to meet with me. I contacted groups like the … Human Rights Campaign when my world was coming apart, for help. They refused to even return my phone call. And I.. But I am sick of people also making decisions based on headlines. Times printed something about the upcoming documentary coming out and stated that Ted Haggard and Mike Jones did drugs together.
In , a man named "Art" called Mike to set up an appointment. This book is truthful and wonderfully written. For almost three years, Art came to see him at least once a month. An error has occurred. Each class picks a theme, decorates their room, and entertains their friends and families while earning money for the school. Including himself, all pastors at New Life Church were paid on the same scale so that the longer one was employed, the better the pay became. As a rule, Mike never delved into the personal lives of his clients.
I never did drugs with Ted Haggard. The reason I am saying this is because no one else will!
I risked everything … and I paid for it. I lost my privacy, I suffered financially, I lost my home, I lost friends, I lost family over this. I cannot speak for others, but I know what my intentions were and my motive. I wanted to expose the injustice … and the hypocrisy.