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'The Flight Portfolio': Art for life's sake

'The Flight Portfolio': Art for life's sake

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 9, 2019

"The Flight Portfolio" re-enacts the doings of the US-fostered Emergency Rescue Commission, sanctioned by Eleanor Roosevelt, dedicated to getting the persecuted out of the clutches of the Nazis and to safe ground, particularly in the U.S.

Remembering Kevin Killian

Remembering Kevin Killian

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 2, 2019

Poet, novelist, playwright Kevin Killian died at his home in San Francisco on June 15, and the B.A.R. published his obituary in our June 20 edition.

Fashion forward

Fashion forward

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 2, 2019

Work! A Queer History of Modeling, by Elspeth H. Brown, is a unique take on the history of high fashion modeling.

Further perusal: Post-Pride reading list

Further perusal: Post-Pride reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 2, 2019

"We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation" (Ten Speed Press), by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, tells stories of the LGBTQ community in words and pictures, from 1868 to the present day.

Long, dark trip: 'The Light Years'

Long, dark trip: 'The Light Years'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 25, 2019

Deep, moving, and intensely personal, award-winning artist and designer Chris Rush's debut memoir "The Light Years" details a life navigating his drug-saturated years in the 1970s and beyond.

Pride 2019: Pride books for the young

Pride 2019: Pride books for the young

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 25, 2019

Celebrations of families with same-gender parents, "My Two Dads and Me" and "My Two Moms and Me" (both Doubleday), by Michael Joosten and Izak Zenou, feature kids having breakfast, going to the park, having lunch.

Privacy, please! 'The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac'

Privacy, please! 'The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 25, 2019

In author and Ohio State University professor Clayton Howard's lucid, thought-provoking examination "The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac," privacy was once a luxury item. It's now continually stretched to its tightest limits.

Debut story of a different man

Debut story of a different man

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 25, 2019

"Every stage of my life feels like a story of a different man," the protagonist in Ahmal Danny Ramadan's "The Clothesline Swing" (Indigo Press) remarks, "each one a man I don't know well."

Creative reading: Pride 2019 booklist

Creative reading: Pride 2019 booklist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 18, 2019

Visit your favorite independent bookseller or the love-it-or-hate-it Amazon.com to order copies of these LGBTQ books for readers of all rainbow stripes.

Impresario Marc Huestis impresses with new memoir

Impresario Marc Huestis impresses with new memoir

  • by John F. Karr
  • Jun 14, 2019

The buzz is on! Marc Huestis has just published his endlessly exciting and not infrequently moving autobiography, "Impresario of Castro Street" ($19.99).

The way men do: 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous'

The way men do: 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 11, 2019

Surely one of the last things Ocean Vuong thought he'd become is topical, and hotly so.

Talented, triumphant & tormented

Talented, triumphant & tormented

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jun 4, 2019

Many people regard Vivien Leigh (1913-67) as a figure from Greek tragedy: beautiful, acclaimed, plagued by mental illness, abandoned by her husband of 20 years Laurence Olivier, and living a melancholy existence after their 1960 divorce.

Chasing Henry James

Chasing Henry James

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 4, 2019

In their heyday (1982-2000), the sophisticated, independent gay personal-professional partnership of Ivory & Merchant was the most successful team in adapting literary classics to film, especially E.M. Forster and Henry James.

Whatcha reading?

Whatcha reading?

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 28, 2019

Out There has access to review copies and early galleys of published works, so we're often found with our nose in a book. Which ones? The following.