Arts & Culture :: Books

Rough Hough

Rough Hough

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 11, 2020

Writing deeply informed reflections about classical music in language that engages the non-specialist, Stephen Hough's pieces are collected in "Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More" (FS&G).

Games people play: short excerpts

Games people play: short excerpts

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 11, 2020

We don't always get to read all the review copies of books that pile up on the Arts Desk. But here are a few representative passages from some new offerings that we have enjoyed.

Monsters among us

Monsters among us

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 11, 2020

"Pet," Nigerian-born author Akwaeke Emezi's creatively exceptional sophomore effort and a finalist for a National Book Award, reflects a daring and surprising move to Young Adult territory.

Bottoms up: gay poets go there

Bottoms up: gay poets go there

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 4, 2020

When I read about Malcolm Tariq's new poetry collection "Heed the Hollow" (Graywolf Press), with three poems entitled "Malcolm Tariq's Black Bottom," I was there.

Rocket Man opens up

Rocket Man opens up

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 4, 2020

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Penner, England, the only child of abusive parents.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Waking dreams of Jean Genet

Waking dreams of Jean Genet

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jan 28, 2020

The first appearance of the essay that shares this book's title, "The Criminal Child," is a rare work; the eight essays in this new collection were selected from Genet's finest essays and reflect the mind of a man deeply affected by early life.

Missing man

Missing man

  • by David Lamble
  • Jan 14, 2020

The publication of "Have You Seen This Man? The Castro Poems of Karl Tierney" re-introduces the long-silenced voice of a local writer.

What ho, gentle reader?

What ho, gentle reader?

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 14, 2020

A new "Jeeves" novel is always an event in Out There's reading life, even if it's not one written by P.G. Wodehouse.

Winter 2020 reading list

Winter 2020 reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 14, 2020

It doesn't matter if you have perfect vision or if you need to slip on a pair of reading glasses, the following books to be released in early 2020 deserve to have your eyes on them.

Small-town gay amateur sleuthing

Small-town gay amateur sleuthing

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jan 14, 2020

Although the plot unfolds unhurriedly but engagingly, it's the characters in Michael Craft's "ChoirMaster" that shine.

'Cleanness' in the I of the beholder

'Cleanness' in the I of the beholder

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 7, 2020

Garth Greenwell's new story collection, "Cleanness," includes a raw account of an internet-initiated S&M hookup so minutely observed that readers seeking porn only will avert their eyes.

Gay in cancel culture

Gay in cancel culture

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 30, 2019

Author Gary Janetti cleverly channels his Hollywood entertainment acumen into "Do You Mind If I Cancel?," a new collection of personal essays.

Beyond Western imagination

Beyond Western imagination

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 30, 2019

There's so much to appreciate in Tash Aw's new novel "We, the Survivors" that a deep plunge into its contents might overlook how remarkable the writing is.