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Mark S. King dons his gay apparel 

Author, activist takes on A Queer Carol

Award-winning writer, actor and HIV/AIDS activist Mark S. King has been involved in gay causes for decades with his book, A Place Like This, newly published on iUniverse, offering his personal account of Los Angeles in the 1980s. He plays the role of Jake Marley in A Queer Carol, playing through Dec. 22 at Theatre Decatur, and here identifies some of the other things that get him into the Christmas spirit.

The 1952 film version of A Christmas Carol: "It's better than George C. Scott's rendition, the one with the Muppets, or even the queer twist at Theater Decatur. This magnificent adaptation feels like Dickens filmed it himself. The final transformation of Alastair Sim's Scrooge is breathtaking."

The Betty Bowers website ( "A Christian-right parody featuring a 'No Sin Zone' and the number of shopping days until the Apocalypse. Your browser will thank you for the lift."

"A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote: "Capote's 1966 short story and 'fiction of nostalgia' was meant to placate readers after In Cold Blood, but this gentle story is the one I read every year to welcome the holidays."

White Chocolate Shakes at Steak 'n Shake: "A seasonal guilty treat with green and red sprinkles! If he were alive, Warhol would paint them."

The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert (Dec. 7-8): "Go for the holiday warmth and for the legitimate talent of this chorale. Stay for the cruising."

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