Arts & Culture :: Books

Books unshelved

Books unshelved

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 19, 2019

Books tend to pile up on the Arts desk. Here are some interesting volumes worth calling attention to, with attendant squibs.

Forbidden desires inflamed onscreen

Forbidden desires inflamed onscreen

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 19, 2019

David Thomson, who lives and teaches in San Francisco, has been called the best writer on film in English, having authored almost 30 books on the subject, from biographies to chronicles about Hollywood.

Oscar Wilde, environmentalist

Oscar Wilde, environmentalist

  • by Peter Garland
  • Mar 12, 2019

Oscar Wilde is generally thought of as a proponent of gay rights, which has led to the equality we see today, but even more important may have been his role as an environmentalist.

Their non-conforming own story

Their non-conforming own story

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 12, 2019

Jacob Tobia's new memoir "Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story" (Putnam) joins a rapidly growing, if not yet groaning shelf of books on what it is like to be trans, gender queer, gender non-conforming.

Home, home on derange

Home, home on derange

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 26, 2019

"A ghost knows who to scare," Marlon James writes in a characteristically pithy chapter-opening sentence midway through his 600-page new fantasy novel "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" (Riverhead). So, let it be said, does James.

Capriot dreams

Capriot dreams

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 26, 2019

The new book "Pagan Light — Dreams of Freedom and Beauty in Capri" by Jamie James (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is a social history of the isle and its place in the Western imagination.

Lecherous literature

Lecherous literature

  • by John F. Karr
  • Feb 26, 2019

You don't have to know a jot about the New Narrative to find Killian's new book "Fascination" (Semiotext(e) Native Agents, $16.95) a goddam laugh riot.

Up & away

Up & away

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 26, 2019

In author Stephen King's "Elevation"'s brief 160 pages, we meet Scott Carey, an athletic 42-year-old Castle Rock, Maine man.

Williams & Laughlin, more than pen pals

Williams & Laughlin, more than pen pals

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 26, 2019

Edited by Peggy Fox and Thomas Keith, "The Luck of Friendship: The Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin" (Norton, $39.95) chronicles the decades-long relationship between the author and the founder of his publisher New Directions.

Remembering Jerome Robbins

Remembering Jerome Robbins

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 12, 2019

"Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance," published by Yale University Press as part of its "Jewish Lives" series, is no love letter.

Early bird gets the LGBTQ bookworm

Early bird gets the LGBTQ bookworm

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 5, 2019

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

Stranger in the house

Stranger in the house

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 5, 2019

Architect Philip Johnson is the title subject of Mark Lamster's rich, authoritative, compulsively readable new biography, "The Man in the Glass House" (Little, Brown).

Accentuate the positive

Accentuate the positive

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 5, 2019

"We Make It Better: The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society" co-authors Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau share stories of people from queer history, and explain how their contributions made the world a better place.

1,001 slights

1,001 slights

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 29, 2019

With a title like "1,000 Books To Read Before You Die — A Life-Changing List" by James Mustich (Workman), you know someone like Out There is going to be coming along to deflate the balloon.