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3 stars I was looking for something light and funny when I decided to listen to this one as an audio There is much I liked about The Bucolic Plague, but much that irked me.What I liked I like the premise of the memoir Two gay men deeply engaged in their urban New York life find an old mansion in the country that they restore and turn into a weekend farm Much of the book is taken up with their sometimes comical efforts to become accustomed to country life They also make a real effort to be 3 stars I was looking for something light and funny when I decided to listen to this one as an audio There is much I liked about The Bucolic Plague, but much that irked me.What I liked I like the premise of the memoir Two gay men deeply engaged in their urban New York life find an old mansion in the country that they restore and turn into a weekend farm Much of the book is taken up with their sometimes comical efforts to become accustomed to country life They also make a real effort to become members of the community, and Kilmer Purcell writes with real affection about his neighbours Kilmer Purcell is generally funny and self deprecating in that self confident way some self deprecating people have With all of these qualities, there is no doubt that the book is entertaining.What irked me I can t understand and didn t appreciate why this book fetishizes Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey Kilmer Purcell s partner worked for Martha Stewart during the first part of the memoir, and both of them appeared on her show to talk about the farm, and she is referred to over and over again throughout the book Kilmer Purcell was an audience member for the taping of one of Oprah s shows, and he claims the experience brought him an epiphany Ultimately, Kilmer Purcell suggests that Martha and Oprah present opposing life views something along the lines of perfection v the good life and that he and his partner struggled over which of these views to embrace in their lives as country gentleman I get the point but why rely so heavily on these figures of American pop culture to present this dichotomy I found it distracting and annoying Knowing that these two now have a reality tv show of their own, I sometimes felt that I was reading a celebratory ad for popular tv rather than an entertaining memoir about the clash between city and country living.Bottom line Great premise, but mixed delivery.I will note that I really liked the audio version The narrator had a perfect voice for Kilmer Purcell, and did a good job putting on the occasional voices of other people depicted in the memoir Oh no you don t No sighing, sneaking past this review, and saying how good it is Sit there and READ this.Josh and Brent, two of the most annoying perfectionist queens Manhattan has ever sucked into its lapidary drum of the effete, are bare naked and warty as all get out in this hilarious, touching, brutally honest memoir by the tall one Josh And he memoirs the way it feels to be human, alive, selfish and self absorbed and sweet and lovable better than most He s honest about how hard it is Oh no you don t No sighing, sneaking past this review, and saying how good it is Sit there and READ this.Josh and Brent, two of the most annoying perfectionist queens Manhattan has ever sucked into its lapidary drum of the effete, are bare naked and warty as all get out in this hilarious, touching, brutally honest memoir by the tall one Josh And he memoirs the way it feels to be human, alive, selfish and self absorbed and sweet and lovable better than most He s honest about how hard it is to work like a highly paid slave so you can have a dream come true Then, as so many before him have, he wonders when in the HELL he s going to have time to enjoy the said dream.Then there s the short one Brent He isn t writing the book, so of course he doesn t get all the best lines Just most of them He s the alpha perfectionist of the pairgood gravy, he worked for MARTHA STEWART and he decides, on hearing the tall one articulate his dream to live in their fantabulously gorgeous mansionfarm full time, that He Will Make This Happen Because he loves, so much, the tall one The scene in the book where they have that conversation, about why they d have to give the place up in the rancid economy of 2008, made me cry What they wanted, what their dreams hung on, pffft because the rotten shits on Wall Street wanted biggerfatter bonuses.Now these two aren t guiltless little cogs in the Murrikin Machine, mind They were both in the sizzle biz, taking home oodles of the spondulix selling people an unattainable dream s unattainable health goals for old farts the short one and unnecessary, overpriced goods and services the tall one But they made so muchout of their livesthey worked hard, they deserved their successthan the standard script for rural gay boys reads And then they found, accidentally and because the tall one is a lousy navigator, the perfect place to turn their well honed swordsmanship skills at these useless pursuits into the plowshares of a real, and really funny, and very satisfying life.Their website makes me drool Not over them, keep your minds out of the gutter The farm, the recipes, the products, the involving and addictive blogs, and of course Polka Spot the llama are tremendous pleasures.Their TV show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, is a gem and it s worth seeking out on Planet Green, the little bitty Discovery Networks offshoot they run on This is Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House for the 21st century Buy it, read it, and heavenly days, recommend it to your friends The boys need money Farmer John s goats don t eat air, and that hip replacement wasn t free, and the boys have aging parents who ll need to come live with them soon enough.Think of the scuff marks Poor short one Brent Rating 4 of fiveOh no you don t No sighing, sneaking past this review, and saying how good it is Sit there and READ this.Josh and Brent, two of the most annoying perfectionist queens Manhattan has ever sucked into its lapidary drum of the effete, are bare naked and warty as all get out in this hilarious, touching, brutally honest memoir by the tall one Josh And he memoirs the way it feels to be human, alive, selfish and self absorbed and sweet and lovable better than most He s honest ab Rating 4 of fiveOh no you don t No sighing, sneaking past this review, and saying how good it is Sit there and READ this.Josh and Brent, two of the most annoying perfectionist queens Manhattan has ever sucked into its lapidary drum of the effete, are bare naked and warty as all get out in this hilarious, touching, brutally honest memoir by the tall one Josh And he memoirs the way it feels to be human, alive, selfish and self absorbed and sweet and lovable better than most He s honest about how hard it is to work like a highly paid slave so you can have a dream come true Then, as so many before him have, he wonders when in the HELL he s going to have time to enjoy the said dream.Then there s the short one Brent He isn t writing the book, so of course he doesn t get all the best lines Just most of them He s the alpha perfectionist of the pairgood gravy, he worked for MARTHA STEWART and he decides, on hearing the tall one articulate his dream to live in their fantabulously gorgeous mansionfarm full time, that He Will Make This Happen Because he loves, so much, the tall one The scene in the book where they have that conversation, about why they d have to give the place up in the rancid economy of 2008, made me cry What they wanted, what their dreams hung on, pffft because the rotten shits on Wall Street wanted biggerfatter bonuses.Now these two aren t guiltless little cogs in the Murrikin Machine, mind They were both in the sizzle biz, taking home oodles of the spondulix selling people an unattainable dream s unattainable health goals for old farts the short one and unnecessary, overpriced goods and services the tall one But they made so muchout of their livesthey worked hard, they deserved their successthan the standard script for rural gay boys reads And then they found, accidentally and because the tall one is a lousy navigator, the perfect place to turn their well honed swordsmanship skills at these useless pursuits into the plowshares of a real, and really funny, and very satisfying life.Their website makes me drool Not over them, keep your minds out of the gutter The farm, the recipes, the products, the involving and addictive blogs, and of course Polka Spot the llama are tremendous pleasures.Their TV show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, is a gem and it s worth seeking out on Planet Green, the little bitty Discovery Networks offshoot they run on This is Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House for the 21st century Buy it, read it, and heavenly days, recommend it to your friends The boys need money Farmer John s goats don t eat air, and that hip replacement wasn t free, and the boys have aging parents who ll need to come live with them soon enough.Think of the scuff marks Poor short one Brent This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License 3.5 StarsThree things 1 This book is not about living your dream it will not inspire you You will not be emboldened to attempt anythingthan making a fresh pot of coffee Oh, good I hadn t really planed on motivating my bum from the comfy couch while I read Bossy books get tossed across the room 2 Of course, while reading I was intrigued enough to poke online through their gorgeous website and was delighted to discover their later ties to The Amazing Race I watched that season 3.5 StarsThree things 1 This book is not about living your dream it will not inspire you You will not be emboldened to attempt anythingthan making a fresh pot of coffee Oh, good I hadn t really planed on motivating my bum from the comfy couch while I read Bossy books get tossed across the room 2 Of course, while reading I was intrigued enough to poke online through their gorgeous website and was delighted to discover their later ties to The Amazing Race I watched that season Okay, truth I watch EVERY season bc the thought of a whirlwind trip across the globe with my best friend husband is incredibly appealing, if not exhausting Anyhow, I hadn t made the connection So happy for the Beekman boys 3 This was lovely And fun And although I was hoping forbucolic than plague , I was rooting them on every step of the way Really, I just want these gentlemen to be my neighbors, goats and all What you need to know about me is that I love to read but reading makes me sleepy I usually fall asleep after only a couple of pages if I read at night, so the only time I get any appreciable reading in is on my daily train commute, which is really only 15 minutes each way And I m a slow reader It s a testament to the quality of this book that I read it in only a couple of days, and that I stayed up late hours beyond when I went to bed, even to keep reading it This book broke the sopor What you need to know about me is that I love to read but reading makes me sleepy I usually fall asleep after only a couple of pages if I read at night, so the only time I get any appreciable reading in is on my daily train commute, which is really only 15 minutes each way And I m a slow reader It s a testament to the quality of this book that I read it in only a couple of days, and that I stayed up late hours beyond when I went to bed, even to keep reading it This book broke the soporific spell that reading usually casts on me.I visited a friend recently and was talking to her about gardening She asked if I d read Kilmer Purcell s first memoir and I reminded her that we d gone to his launch party together I was over the moon about I Am Not Myself These Days Eventhan I love drag queens, I love homesteading, so she pushed an advanced copy of this book into my hands and sent me on my way.Oh, thank heavens He had me at shit covered baby goats er, kids.This book is not just about the foibles of two gentlemen farmers learning to live off the land, or the big personalities in a small town, or Martha Stewart gasp My queen , or the evolution of a relationship, or the economic crisis, or pursuing a dream you didn t even know you had It s about all those things AND it s funny as hell.Go get this damn book as soon as it comes out I am soooooo in love with this book Josh is an ex drag queen and writer turned advertising maven, Brent is Dr Brent on The Martha Stewart Show They ve been together for almost 10 years and seem to thrive on the big city lifestyle despite their 700 square foot apartment until they take a wrong turn on a drive and discover The Beekman Mansion It s HUGE, 200 years old and in need of a whole lot of work but they wantit Dreams of leisurely weekends away from the city as gentlemen farmers danc I am soooooo in love with this book Josh is an ex drag queen and writer turned advertising maven, Brent is Dr Brent on The Martha Stewart Show They ve been together for almost 10 years and seem to thrive on the big city lifestyle despite their 700 square foot apartment until they take a wrong turn on a drive and discover The Beekman Mansion It s HUGE, 200 years old and in need of a whole lot of work but they wantit Dreams of leisurely weekends away from the city as gentlemen farmers dance merrily in their heads, so they take the plunge Then Josh sneaks in a caretaker for the place that just happens to have a herd of goats And, well, if they have goats now, they might as well have chickens And a cow And a garden And then a bigger garden MUCH bigger Then ahandmade Christmas project became a full on artisan soap company, and Beekman 1802 began and grewand grewand grew This is a wonderful tale of two Type A personalities taking on the bucolic life big city style, with some bonus ghosts and legions of zombie flies thrown into the mix It s equal parts inspiring and exhausting, but you can t help but fall in love with these guys and the small town who has come toembrace them The good news is they have a docu series coming out in June 2010 on Discovery Channel s Planet Green called The Fabulous Beekman Boys so the laughs won t have to stop when the book cover closes I had read Josh Kilmer Purcell s memoir and enjoyed it and his novel is in my TBR pile so when I saw this book at an op shop I grabbed it with glee Josh and his partner Brent are high flying New Yorkers who stumble across an empty mansion on one of their weekend trips to the country They immediately plan on purchasing the property and making the surrounding farmland prosperous This book tells the story of their first few years at Beekman House raising heirloom vegetables, goats and entertaini I had read Josh Kilmer Purcell s memoir and enjoyed it and his novel is in my TBR pile so when I saw this book at an op shop I grabbed it with glee Josh and his partner Brent are high flying New Yorkers who stumble across an empty mansion on one of their weekend trips to the country They immediately plan on purchasing the property and making the surrounding farmland prosperous This book tells the story of their first few years at Beekman House raising heirloom vegetables, goats and entertaining friends and locals.What I loved about this book was the even tempered delivery of the story Despite some pitfalls of nature, the economy and their early errors Josh and Brent never show signs of self pity or defeat Their determination and enthusiasm shine through.Beekman has gone on to produce two seasons of reality TV, a number of books and a huge lifestyle website with products from the farm like goats milk soap I loved this book As soon as I read about The Fabulous Beekman Boys on a friend blog, I so much wanted to see the reality But here in Italy it was on a cable network and it was a little expensive to pay for a year subscription just to see 10 30 minutes passages So I set down to buy the DVD as soon as it was available just to discover they didn t deliver it in Italy actually in Europe since it was available only for US I even tried to buy it on streaming when I was in Mexico, and no, actually it s not even a As soon as I read about The Fabulous Beekman Boys on a friend blog, I so much wanted to see the reality But here in Italy it was on a cable network and it was a little expensive to pay for a year subscription just to see 10 30 minutes passages So I set down to buy the DVD as soon as it was available just to discover they didn t deliver it in Italy actually in Europe since it was available only for US I even tried to buy it on streaming when I was in Mexico, and no, actually it s not even allow in South America I was starting to resign myself to wait for October, my planned visit to NYC, when last night, I discover an economic format of the DVD not the 2 disc edition I was moping on that was available for Europe and of course I bought it immediately should arrive soon And since I was there, I went to my wish list and was almost buying the paperback version of The Bucolic Plague when I noticed it was available on Kindle Yes, instant gratification, what is better in life Just to not sound as a complete idiot, I should probably explain why I m so fascinated with this venture of Beekman 1802 I actually tried myself to realize my run from stressful job life change dream, but with no success my little venture, the first coffee bookstore open 7.00 a.m to 2.00 a.m with wireless internet, bistro kitchen in medieval Italian historic centre on its first year of life was featured on the 2 most important travel magazine in Italy, was the subject of a bachelor degree thesis in finance as innovative business and hosted a national television channel showtime for one day to close after 2 year due to the fact that, in the end, it was not enough to maintain itself and the people working for it So yes, I m vicariously enjoying Brent and Josh s success and I wish them all the good in the world, and I m here cheering for them and their goats, and Farmer John, and Doug and Gareth from The American Hotel, and Sharon Springs and Bubby the bionic cat and everyone in this story Yes, I m still eagerly waiting for the DVD to arrive, but I think that now I will see it in a different way since, from the outside, everything seemed perfect on that mansion, the pictures were wonderful, the recipes just out of an historical cook book, the dream even too easy to realize I was thinking, lucky them, they are living an American dream do you know that here in Italy, when someone realizes the dream of their life, we say it s an American Dream , and I m happy, but also a little envious of them Then reading the book, I understood that it was not so easy, that they, like many other before them, not only risked their future, but also their relationship The story has an happily ever after, but it s a barely stretched one, and in a way, it s not even so sure the dream will survive its third year of life True, the story closes before the reality showing them was aired, and now it s at its third season, so maybe, in the end, they managed to survive third and fourth year and they are leading towards always greener pasture again I wish them all the best Coming back to the story, even if this is not a fiction book, buta memoir, the writing style is really easy and flowing, and sincerely it reads without any stopping like many of the romances I love, only that this is real life There is even a funny story behind this dichotomy between real life and fictional story way before I heard about the Beekman Boys, I included Josh Kilmer Purcell on my Top Book of XXI century with his memoir I m Not Myself These Days I still remember some years ago going to his website and looking at the pictures of his life as Drag Queen and thinking, well, what an interesting man It was 2006 and Beekman Mansion was, I believe, not in the picture pun intended Years later, browsing another website www.beekman1802.com I firstly didn t recognize the co owner of the mansion like the memoirist that so much fascinated me But if you will decide to read the book, there is a lot of him in this story of course, it s real life and in a way, you could read this book as a sequel of I m Not Myself These Days, just to know what happened to that Drag Queen it s an happily ever after story at least until now {DOWNLOAD EPUB} ⚣ The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir Ð Michael Perry meets David Sedaris in this follow up to Josh Kilmer Purcell s beloved debut memoir Another riotous, moving, and entirely unique story of his attempt to tackle the next phase of life with his partner on a goat farm in upstate New York One Sunday afternoon in the fall, Josh Kilmer Purcell and his longtime partner, Brent Ridge, were headed back to their NYC apartment after a weekend of apple picking in upstate New York, when they stumbled upon the little town of Sharon Springs It was there they found their dream home, the 19th century Beekman Mansion, which came complete with a 60 acre farm After investing most of their savings, they had to face the challenge of balancing their busy careers during the week Josh was an ad exe One Sunday afternoon in the fall, Josh Kilmer Purcell and his longtime partner, Brent Ridge, were headed back to their NYC apartment after a weekend of apple picking in upstate New York, when they stumbled upon the little town of Sharon Springs It was there they found their dream home, the 19th century Beekman Mansion, which came complete with a 60 acre farm After investing most of their savings, they had to face the challenge of balancing their busy careers during the week Josh was an ad exec and Brent was a VP for Martha Stewart Living and handling farm related duties on the weekends But they dreamt of finding a way to quit their day jobs and have the farm sustain itself The Bucolic Plague is a humorous account of Josh and Brent s struggles to make a 60 acre farm thrive, but it is also the story of how to make a relationship endure a life changing event when you re two completely different people Sure, there s definitely some fish out of water type humor about two non outdoorsy guys making a go at farming, but at its heart, this is a book about trying to follow your dreams even as everything is going wrong around you And this book is the basis for a new television series, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, which starts June 16 on the Planet Green network.I am a big fan of Josh Kilmer Purcell s writing His memoir, I Am Not Myself These Days, an account of his days as an ad exec by day, alcoholic drug queen named Aqua at night, remains one of my favorite books I found this book funny, poignant and tremendously enjoyable, and I have absolutely no desire to ever live on a farm Give it a shot