Tell-All Book Riles Gay Mecca

Palm Springs residents object to scandalous portrait
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 1:25 PM CST
A rainbow is visible looking West from Palm Springs, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Palm Springs is a very gay place. No one is arguing with that. About half the California town’s adult residents are gay, the mayor is gay, and clothing-optional gay establishments dot the landscape. But a recent transplant's new memoir, Postcards From Palm Springs, is riling locals who see it as an over-the-top depiction of a sex-mad town. The LA Times pays a visit.

Robert Julian’s book, intended as the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil of the desert city, brims with anecdotes about naked exhibitionists, S&M lovers, and lecherous 60-somethings. "It was never meant to be taken personally," says Julian. "The whole thing is just ludicrous,” said one resident. "It's just a nice place to live."