The Sewers of Paris

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?


episode 400: I Think I Quit (Ep 400 - The Front Runner/TJ Klune

TJ Klune’s childhood grew up reading books in a forest under the trees, which sounds idyllic … minus the part about how he was mercilessly bullied. Literature and libraries were his safe haven, and in fact a librarian was the first person he ever came out to. In his adult life, TJ found himself working a grueling job in the insurance industry, longing to tell the stories in his head. But nobody was more surprised than he was when, one day, he walked into work and declared the he was quitting so he could write the great gay American novel.

We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, I want to let you know that I’ve got a book coming out next year, and I can finally reveal the title! It’s called Hi Honey, I’m Homo, and it’s about how subversive queer comedy transformed the American sitcom over the last half century. Pre-orders are open now via all major booksellers and local shops — head over to to get all the details, to pre-order your copy, and to sign up for my newsletter to get excerpts and updates.

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 2022-09-08  47m