Accord, Leon. “SUB-LEBRITY: *The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote”, Larilee Productions, 2020.
Leon Accord brings us his memoir about growing up gay in rural Indiana, coming out and being successful and making headlineswith his very-public smackdown with Trump-loving Susan Olsen. Accordis thecreator/star of the gay web TV series “Old Dogs & New Tricks” (reviewed here also). He sassily tells his story as a non-famous Hollywood actor and it is filled with dish, honesty and laughs.
The memoir reads very fast, so much so that I read it in one sitting and then found myself wanting more. I was immediately pulled into Accord’s life and entertained throughout the read. If you have thought that your life in one of chaos, you’ll be surprised as to how mundane it is next to Accord’s. The challenges that Accord faced in life were monumental for him yet he faced them and succeeded in with grace and style. When he was verbally attacked by Susan Olsen and those who supported her support of Donald Trump, he remained calm and used his best qualities to counter what she had to say.
For many of us his experiences of growing up gay is reminiscent of what so many of us went through and his struggles to be an actor ring true. We also get personal bits about his life. What really fascinated me, as a fan of “Old Dogs, New Tricks” was how he was able to bring the show to life.
I should not have been as surprised as I was at the beauty of the prose—after all, I love the writing of his show. I love the candor with which Accord writes and at times, I felt as if he was sitting across from me and I was having a conversation with a friend. Even though his opinions shine through the text, I felt that everything he had to say was important and completely justifiable. It takes a strong person to rant publicly without being offensive but I learned that this is part of who Accord is. If you have ever had a dream that you were afraid to follow, you need to read this.