Arts & Culture :: Books

Channeling Beyonce

Channeling Beyonce

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 23, 2018

Houston native Michael Arceneaux's debut memoir "I Can't Date Jesus" is bold, brassy, and unapologetically frank.

Further reading, fall 2018 (part 2)

Further reading, fall 2018 (part 2)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 3, 2018

Prolific poet and writer Jim Elledge's "The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century" (Chicago Review) picks up where St Sukie de la Croix's "Chicago Whispers" left off.

Body of work

Body of work

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 3, 2018

Poet Rafael Campo's "Comfort Measures Only" gathers 88 poems, many of which are new and unpublished, with the remainder drawn from other books of his works.

Plague years

Plague years

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 3, 2018

There is a chilling scene in the first chapter of Rebecca Makkai's new novel "The Great Believers" where the main character, Yale Tishman, is attending a memorial party in 1985 for a close friend, Nico, who has died of AIDS.

Out of the mists of the past

Out of the mists of the past

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 26, 2018

Sometimes a novel feels so true to your lived experience it feels pulled from your own life. That was our sensation reading "That Was Something," a new novel by Dan Callahan (Squares & Rebels).

Further reading, fall 2018 (part 1)

Further reading, fall 2018 (part 1)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 26, 2018

Subtitled "a story of Childhood," James Baldwin's only children's book "Little Man Little Man" (Duke U. Press, 1976), with illustrations by Yoran Cazac, is now available for the first time in more than 40 years.

The faint voices of fairies

The faint voices of fairies

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Sep 19, 2018

Out music scholar Paul Kildea, author of a brilliant biography of Benjamin Britten, has looked deeply into Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes in "Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism" (W.W. Norton).

The disabled list

The disabled list

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 19, 2018

Nicola Griffith's "So Lucky" is a profound work of autobiographical fiction about overcoming life's boundaries, resisting victimization, and discovering long-dormant strengths.

Fisher's life with two famous women

Fisher's life with two famous women

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Sep 19, 2018

Considering Todd Fisher's fascinating "My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie" (William Morrow, $27.99).

Fables of sexual shenanigans

Fables of sexual shenanigans

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 24, 2018

Jordy Rosenberg's "Confessions of the Fox" comes as a sharp reminder of the undervalued business of reading for pleasure.

Pornography, miniature golf & Aretha

Pornography, miniature golf & Aretha

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 22, 2018

Author Don Shewey is a therapist whose work with gay men concerns issues of sex and intimacy. He has a lot of wisdom and experience to share in his new book "The Paradox of Porn - Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture" (Joybody Books).

Escape from porn

Escape from porn

  • by John F. Karr
  • Aug 22, 2018

As the limited field of porn star memoirs goes, a new book ranks high. It's "Body to Job" (Rare Bird Books, paper, $17.95; Kindle, $9) by Christopher Zeischegg, the former and mostly heterosexual porn star whose nom de porn is/was Danny Wylde.

Portland underground

Portland underground

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 15, 2018

Lesbian novels have rarely caught the public imagination, but this deserves to change with the publication of "Stray City," a tender, insightful debut novel set in 1990s Portland.

Putting the spice in advice

Putting the spice in advice

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 8, 2018

The greatest success story that "RuPaul's Drag Race" ever launched has now written a book of advice, "Blame It on Bianca Del Rio" (Dey Street).