Picks and Pans Review: Straight from the Heart: a Love Story
updated 04/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
This is a gay take on the old love-at-first-sight story, related with all the heart-thumping language of a romance novel. In 1985, bodybuilder Bob Paris (who would become Mr. Universe 1989) first locked eyes on model Rod Jackson in a Denver gym.
Rod on Bob: "My heart went woo-ooh." Four pages later: "My knees went woo-ooh." Bob on his first dinner with Rod: "We started talking about politics, and we got off on social issues and starving children and what novels we liked." After a chapter or two of this, the most open-minded reader's stomach will be going woo-ooh—even before encountering the couple's love poems.
Lost somewhere in the awkward he-said, he-said format of this book is a legitimate plea for tolerance. Today the Jackson-Parises, who wed in 1989, work with a nonprofit foundation to fund support programs for gay and lesbian teens, and they are readying Bob and Rod, an art book of photographs. Smart move—they should stay away from purple prose. (Warner, $21.95)