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Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Apr 15, 2020

Half a century ago, a bedazzled assortment of psychedelically-influenced, collective-living, sexually experimental, and inherently theatrical gay men and straight women forever transformed the Bay Area's cultural landscape. They were The Cockettes.

In our solitude: Fenton Johnson discusses 'At the Center of Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life'

In our solitude: Fenton Johnson discusses 'At the Center of Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 15, 2020

With shelter-in-place extended till at least May 3, Fenton Johnson's new book on what it means to be solitary, whether chosen or not, befits these days of city and state-imposed isolation.

Love, frankly: Jacqueline Wilson, noted children's book author, comes out

Love, frankly: Jacqueline Wilson, noted children's book author, comes out

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Apr 7, 2020

Best-selling and world-renowned children's book author Jacqueline Wilson proves that it's never too late to come out. Wilson, 74, is the beloved and award-winning author of more than a hundred books.

Tenderloin theatrics: William T. Vollmann's 'The Lucky Star'

Tenderloin theatrics: William T. Vollmann's 'The Lucky Star'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 7, 2020

As an accidental byproduct to an impossible situation, books are seeing an enormous resurgence as a necessary staple. San Francisco's dispossessed Tenderloin District culture gets its own 655-page homage with the new novel from William T. Vollmann.

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 27, 2020

Terrence McNally, the playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who portrayed gayness to a mainstream theater audience, died March 24th at 81, becoming one of the first celebrities to succumb to COVID-19.

Dark shadows & radiant light: Joseph Caldwell's memoir 'In the Shadow of the Bridge'

Dark shadows & radiant light: Joseph Caldwell's memoir 'In the Shadow of the Bridge'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 25, 2020

Joseph Caldwell's 'In the Shadow of the Bridge' is a heartfelt memoir about being gay in the New York City of the 1950s an '60s, as well as a remembrance of the peak years of the AIDS crisis.

Elaine Stritch, Broadway Baby: new memoir tells of the star's life on- and offstage

Elaine Stritch, Broadway Baby: new memoir tells of the star's life on- and offstage

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Mar 25, 2020

Although born in Detroit, Elaine Stritch was essentially a New Yorker. She performed on TV, film, and cabaret, but Broadway was the venue for which she is best remembered by two generations of theatre cognoscenti. She triumphed in musicals and dramas.

Lambda Lit Award finalists announced

Lambda Lit Award finalists announced

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 17, 2020

The Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced last week, ahead of the awards presentation to take place on June 8 in NYC.

Pick your poison: Larry Kramer's 'American People'

Pick your poison: Larry Kramer's 'American People'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 10, 2020

"The American People, Volume 2" ebbs, flows, and in true Kramer style, overflows in grand fashion as the arrival of the AIDS epidemic is laid at the feet of an unsuspecting gay community.

Poetic imagination in small doses

Poetic imagination in small doses

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 3, 2020

Two collections of prose poems began Out There's reading week: "Tracing the Unspoken" by Slovenian poet Milan Selj, and "The Blue Absolute," a new collection of prose poems by renowned Bay Area poet Aaron Shurin.

Spring 2020 book season reading list

Spring 2020 book season reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 3, 2020

In anticipation of the change of seasons, here are some forthcoming books to add to your reading list.

Colors in a Japanese rainbow

Colors in a Japanese rainbow

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 25, 2020

Japanese manga artist Gengoroh Tagame is well-known for his intricate drawings of men tied up in various forms of Japanese-style bondage and rope play.

Lionizing lying

Lionizing lying

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 25, 2020

Two misfortunes, one likely unforeseen, attend the publication of Peter Kispert's new short story collection "I Know You Know Who I Am" (Penguin).

Fear of a trans planet

Fear of a trans planet

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Feb 25, 2020

"An Apartment on Uranus: Chronicles of the Crossing," by Paul B. Preciado, was translated by Charlotte Mandell.