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Sex and sensibility: Alexander Cheves' 'My Love is a Beast: Confessions'

Sex and sensibility: Alexander Cheves' 'My Love is a Beast: Confessions'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 20, 2021

In this commanding, in-your-face debut memoir by Alexander Cheves, the author lays bare the "sins" of his past but he rightfully refuses to atone for them. Instead, a libidinous celebration of sorts takes place within these pages.

The Truman Show: 'The Capote Tapes' reveals the writer's lost legacy

The Truman Show: 'The Capote Tapes' reveals the writer's lost legacy

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 14, 2021

The new documentary about Truman Capote largely succeeds in telling the never-heard-before true story behind the headlines and gossip about a gay writer who paid a tremendous price for his gift.

Shapeshifter: bisexual Surrealist poet Alice Paalen Rahon unmasked in new compilation

Shapeshifter: bisexual Surrealist poet Alice Paalen Rahon unmasked in new compilation

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Sep 14, 2021

Alice Paalen Rahon, a Surrealist poet and painter, has been largely overlooked, but her works reemerge in 'Shapeshifter,' a new compilation of her poetry.

'Alec' - William di Canzio's new view on Forster's 'Maurice'

'Alec' - William di Canzio's new view on Forster's 'Maurice'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 7, 2021

William di Canzio's gay adaptation of E.M. Forster's landmark novel 'Maurice' was inspired by the classic love story of upper-class stockbroker Maurice Hall, this time from the perspective of his love, working-class gameskeeper Alec Scudder.

LGBTQ fall & winter books

LGBTQ fall & winter books

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 2, 2021

Here's an enticing preview of exciting upcoming Fall/Winter 2021 LGBTQ books standing tall on bookstore shelves or online platforms in the coming months.

Gay manager buys Castro's Dog Eared Books

Gay manager buys Castro's Dog Eared Books

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 24, 2021

A longtime manager at Dog Eared Books has bought the locally owned bookstore's second location in San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro district. It will be rechristened as Fabulosa Books next month.

Magic Mann: Colm Toibin's novelization of 'Death in Venice' author's life

Magic Mann: Colm Toibin's novelization of 'Death in Venice' author's life

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 24, 2021

In 'The Magician,' Colm Toibin's novelization of the Thomas Mann biography, the 'Venice' tale is resurrected, like the Proustian madeleine, in all subsequent examples of Mann's sweet tooth for comely youth.

Louise Fitzhugh's truth and lies: 'Harriet the Spy' author's revelatory biography

Louise Fitzhugh's truth and lies: 'Harriet the Spy' author's revelatory biography

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 23, 2021

In a thoroughly researched and utterly fascinating biography, 'Sometime You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy,' Leslie Brody shares intimate details of the writer's fabulous and troubled life.

Greek love in the ranks: The Sacred Band's 300 lover-warriors

Greek love in the ranks: The Sacred Band's 300 lover-warriors

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 17, 2021

In 'The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom,' classics scholar James Romm doesn't just tell: he tells all. A mass grave of Theban soldiers carefully and deliberately buried in pairs. Make that couples.

Sealed with a kiss: Leslie Cohen discusses lesbian bars and becoming 'art'

Sealed with a kiss: Leslie Cohen discusses lesbian bars and becoming 'art'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 17, 2021

In 'The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art and Liberation,' the historic art world, opening a historic women's bar, and more events are included in Leslie Cohen's honest and fascinating memoir.

Literary loss: Anthony Veasna So's 'Afterparties: Stories'

Literary loss: Anthony Veasna So's 'Afterparties: Stories'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 3, 2021

Published after his death, Anthony Veasna So's story collection includes characters haunted by memories of genocide, especially the older parents, aunties, and uncles who experienced trauma before escaping Cambodia.

Truths and consequences: P.J. Vernon's 'Bath Haus'

Truths and consequences: P.J. Vernon's 'Bath Haus'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 3, 2021

In 'Bath Haus,' author P.J. Vernon's dynamic and impressively exhilarating follow-up to his debut, the 2018 psychological thriller 'When You Find Me,' he explores what happens when a cheating boyfriend meets a sexy, vendetta-driven psycho at a bathhouse.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1987, a page-turner

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1987, a page-turner

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 29, 2021

The lengthier arts section in the October 29, 1987 B.A.R. focused on the boom in 'gay and lesbian' literary subjects and reviews, from lesbian theater history to the work of James Broughton and a then-new author, Christopher Bram.

Irish wise: Graham Norton's novel, 'Home Stretch'

Irish wise: Graham Norton's novel, 'Home Stretch'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 27, 2021

Known as the savvy, freewheeling UK television talk show host, Norton's new gay-inclusive novel is an unexpectedly insightful character-driven delight that is as binge-worthy and compelling as any trending Netflix series.