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?



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      episode 185: Demons Were Always At Hand (Ep. 185 - Beetlejuice)

      Is it possible to be a responsible adult without giving up the imaginary worlds you enjoyed as a child? My guest this week is Anthony Hudson, also known as Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi. Growing up, he'd slip into fantasy worlds to escape the reality of the dreary little town where he lived. But his reliance on escapes as a kid meant that he was unprepared for life as a grown up -- until he figured out how to invite real life into his fantasies. Huge thanks to everyone who makes...



      episode 184: A Bondage Analysis of Tolkien (Ep. 184 - Lord of the Rings)

      Where do you see yourself 200 years in the future? My guest this week is artist Nayland Blake, for whom sci-fi and fantasy were an opportunity to create the future that he was sure he'd never have. Growing up in New York in the 1960s and 70s, it seemed like imaginary worlds were his only opportunity to inhabit a world where he could be openly gay. But then he moved to San Francisco, and lo and behold, it appeared that the future had finally arrived. Huge thanks to everyone who makes The...



      episode 183: Examining Your Desire (Ep. 183 - Ragtime)

      Zack Ford never planned to become the LGBTQ Editor at He was going to be a music teacher, and writing about current events was just a hobby. But after he came out in college and began living a more authentic life, he realized that he was holding himself to some expectations that he simply didn't want to meet. And that his happiness depended on a radical shift in his assumptions about work, pleasure, social justice, and sex. Huge thanks to everyone who makes The Sewers of...



      episode 182: Behind Closed Doors (Ep. 182 - Steel Magnolias)

      My guest this week is Nick Kochanov, host of the podcasts Squirrel Friends Cocktail Hour and The No Good, Very Bad Gay. Growing up, he dreamt of having his own version of the salon from Steel Magnolias. He envisioned himself hanging out with his own versions of  Dolly Parton and Sally Field and Julia Roberts. But it took years for him to realize that there was a problem with his vision -- that the man he was envisioning hanging out with them wasn't really authentically him. Huge thanks to ...



      episode 181: We Just Kept Secrets (Ep. 181 - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)

      I want to let you know that this week's episode addresses some upsetting topics. It wasn't until his parents died that J. Ronald M. York learned about accusations of childhood sexual abuse in his family. Letters in a box in his father's garage finally revealed the terrible secrets that his family had kept from him his entire adult life. And in turn, that started his process for dealing with the secrets of his own abuse that he'd been carrying for years. These are hard things to talk about...



      episode 180: I Finally Felt Like I Made It (Ep. 180 - Andrew Lloyd Weber)

      Andrew Lloyd Weber, Steven Sondheim, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


       2018-07-12  1h0m

      episode 179: Gunshots in the Night (Ep. 179 - Kingdom Hearts)

      How do kids learn to be people when the adults in their lives aren't teaching them? Kai's parents weren't always there to give her the guidance she needed, and so she was forced to fend for herself. That meant learning basic life skills on her own, but also how to function around other people -- and how to take care of herself during a period of homelessness, moving across the country, and starting fresh with a day job in education and a nighttime gig in drag shows. By the way, Kai is one...


       2018-07-07  57m

      episode 178: When I Started Saying the Word Butt (Ep. 178 - Q. Allan Brocka)

      This week's guest has had a hand in shaping a lot of queer culture we enjoy today. Q. Allan Brocka created one of the shows that aired on Logo as the network was getting off the ground; he directed the Eating Out series of films that have been a mainstay at LGBT film festivals for over a decade; and he's currently working on some intriguingly upcoming film and TV projects. Before he was a successful filmmaker, he was a shy kid from Guam, quietly absorbing what seemed then like forbidden...


       2018-07-05  55m

      episode 177: Our Own Lothlorien (Ep. 177 - Dungeons & Dragons)

      Imaging growing up to find that the fantasy worlds you envisioned as a kid aren't just real, but have been waiting for you to lead them. My guest this week is Jeremy Crawford, lead rules designer for Dungeons & Dragons. We'll be talking about the witches, wizards, and elves who shaped his work in games, his relationship with his husband, and the queer content he now gets to insert in the world's most iconic tabletop game. And BTW, I hope you'll join us for the next Sewers of Paris live...


       2018-06-28  1h5m

      episode 175: Space Ballerinas (Ep. 175 - Sailor Moon)

      My guest this week is Ryan La Sala. He's got a very queer fantasy novel coming out next year, and while he's always been imaginative, he didn't always exactly use his powers for good.  BTW, I hope you'll join us for the next Sewers of Paris live chat. It's on June 30th -- there's a link to the next livestream at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed, and you can set a reminder to get a notification when we go live.  Huge thanks to everyone who makes The Sewers of Paris possible with a...


       2018-06-21  55m