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Ruth Coker Burks' 'All the Young Men' - a big-hearted memoir

Ruth Coker Burks' 'All the Young Men' - a big-hearted memoir

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 9, 2021

Reading 'All the Young Men,' Ruth Coker Burks' big-hearted memoir, brings that singular kind of consolation, and even joy, that comes with the finding of meaning in tragedy.

AutoErotica's fundraiser gains new fans and donors

AutoErotica's fundraiser gains new fans and donors

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 31, 2021

While some Castro businesses have closed permanently, one unique store has gained support from a devoted fan. AutoErotica, the longtime resource for vintage gay-themed sexy collectibles, has already raised more than $11,000 of its $16,000 fundraiser goal.

Civilian superman: journalist Donovan Russo's action-packed novel 'Steven's War'

Civilian superman: journalist Donovan Russo's action-packed novel 'Steven's War'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 31, 2021

Media journalist Donovan Russo's debut novel, 'Steven's War' combines action-filled revenge with a coming-out story in the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' era.

Mutual attraction: Jack Halberstam's 'Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire'

Mutual attraction: Jack Halberstam's 'Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 26, 2021

Noted radical social thinker and Columbia gender studies professor Jack Halberstam's reputation precedes him, and his new creative exploration of desire reinforces his thought process behind how human sexuality becomes attracted to everything "wild."

Poet Amanda Gorman, Lady Gaga and other musicians bring arts to Biden/Harris Inauguration

Poet Amanda Gorman, Lady Gaga and other musicians bring arts to Biden/Harris Inauguration

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 20, 2021

As Americans and people over the world heaved a heavy sigh of relief and joy with the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, one young poet stood out for her artistic contribution.

Welcome to the 'Doll' house: an interview with gay writer-filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez

Welcome to the 'Doll' house: an interview with gay writer-filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 19, 2021

Author and filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez's new bilingual children's book 'Pepito Has a Doll' challenges stereotypes about masculinity in teen boys.

SF author's 'No Obits' poem set to music

SF author's 'No Obits' poem set to music

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 14, 2021

The B.A.R. has been immortalized in films and TV series. But this is new; a poem about our famous 'No Obits' headline has been set to music.

Cary Grant's 'Brilliant Disguise': Scott Eyman's biography recounts the actor's life

Cary Grant's 'Brilliant Disguise': Scott Eyman's biography recounts the actor's life

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 12, 2021

How small-town Brit Archie Leach became Cary Grant and how Grant finally assimilated that identity towards the end of his life, is the core of Scott Eyman's comprehensive, dense, meticulously researched, well-sourced, and probably definitive biography.

'New Queer Photography' book focuses on the marginalized

'New Queer Photography' book focuses on the marginalized

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 6, 2021

Published in November 2020,a new photography book from Berkeley-based Gingko Press shares the work of dozens of photographers, each carving out a vibrant niche in portraiture of LGBTQ lives.

Calendars, girls ... and guys

Calendars, girls ... and guys

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 1, 2021

It's never too late to restart your new year. Here are some creative, sexy and more-than-queer calendars to mark 2021.

Danielle Willis: 'Dogs in Lingerie' author reflects on 30-year anniversary

Danielle Willis: 'Dogs in Lingerie' author reflects on 30-year anniversary

  • by Steven Reigns
  • Dec 28, 2020

Danielle Willis's collection of poetry and prose 'Dogs in Lingerie' came out three decades ago. The author, who had porcelain fang implants, stripped, did porn and pro-dom work, caused quite a San Francisco literary sensation in the 1990s.

The God of San Francisco: SF poet James J. Siegel's new collection knocks on the door to memory

The God of San Francisco: SF poet James J. Siegel's new collection knocks on the door to memory

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Dec 22, 2020

Take a break from whatever you're doing and immerse yourself in San Francisco history and the travels of James J. Siegel in The God of San Francisco. A revelatory and uplifting title for a city that has known many gods.

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 22, 2020

'The Meaning of Mariah Carey' is The New York Times best-seller of the life and career of a truly influential artist and entertainer, the autobiography of one of the most talented, hardworking, compelling, witty, and transcendent African-American artists.

Firestarter: Mike Curato's 'Flamer,' a searing intense portrait

Firestarter: Mike Curato's 'Flamer,' a searing intense portrait

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 22, 2020

Mike Curato, an award-winning author and talented artist, has produced a young adult graphic novel about a young man on the verge, and it's a searing, intensive portrait that stays with the reader long after the book is finished.