USA 2006, 304 pp., hardback, € 21.20Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Europas.
Bast, a TV writer and journalist, was infatuated with James Dean from the moment they met at UCLA. A closeted gay man, Bast had a crush on the brooding, unknown actor and had a brief fling with him. This work records their close friendship, Dean's rise to stardom and the years following his premature death at age 24. Dean's troubled life is well documented, and Bast isn't interested in repeating his previous biography, written one year after Dean's death. At the time, Bast was loathe to reveal his homosexuality or Dean's affairs with men. He now hopes to make up for his »youthful shortcomings and omissions«. The hook is Dean's sexuality, which Bast explores in detail, discounting his relationships with women and focusing on those with men, including a stint with a notorious »chicken hawk«, an older man who fancies younger guys.