Arts & Culture :: Books

More lives of a cat in 'Crossing'

More lives of a cat in 'Crossing'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 6, 2019

In author Pajtim Statovci'ssecond novel, "Crossing" (Pushkin Press), he has gone deeper. The territory is still the refugee experience, depicted with even more harrowing realism.

Our week beats your year

Our week beats your year

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 30, 2019

The headline is not meant to be insulting. It's an homage to a new book titled, "My Week Beats Your Year — Encounters with Lou Reed, 1972-2013" (Hat & Beard Press) compiled by Michael Heath and edited by Pat Thomas.

Heart of glass

Heart of glass

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 30, 2019

Novelist, architect and poet Luis Panini grabs love and lust by the collar and insists we pay careful attention to his unflinching assessment of how they intertwine, overwhelm, and ultimately burn each other out.

Gay men in velvet green

Gay men in velvet green

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 23, 2019

The rigors and satisfactions of living in remote places for a certain type of LGBTQ people are rarely articulated more artfully and artistically than they are in Mike Parker's "On the Red Hill."

Puzzling times: Summer mysteries

Puzzling times: Summer mysteries

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jul 23, 2019

Good murder mysteries simultaneously challenge the reader and afford a splendid way to relax, whether spending the summer at home or away.

Clothes make the man

Clothes make the man

  • by Terri Schlichenmeyer
  • Jul 23, 2019

What's your style, what makes you confident? How do you know what to wear for the occasion? Read "Naturally Tan" by Tan France, and see what fits.

Portrait of a tragic movie star's life

Portrait of a tragic movie star's life

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 23, 2019

There are fewer tales in Hollywood lore sadder than that of Barbara Payton (1927-67).

Second novelist tells all

Second novelist tells all

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 16, 2019

Only the excellence of Nicole Dennis-Benn's writing got me all the way through her second novel, "Patsy" (Liveright).

Post-Stonewall 50 reading list

Post-Stonewall 50 reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 16, 2019

Stonewall 50 celebrations may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean that there isn't an abundance of good LGBTQ reading to be found to take you through the summer and into the fall.

In Petipa's footsteps

In Petipa's footsteps

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jul 9, 2019

The image that probably comes to mind when you think of swans and ballet was the brainchild of Marius Petipa, the great 19th-century choreographer who brought "Swan Lake" back from oblivion.

'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.

Hollywood illusions

Hollywood illusions

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 9, 2019

"Justify My Sins" is based on Felice Picano's experiences of living in mid-1970s Hollywood working for actor Cary Grant, who wanted Picano to adapt one of his own books into a screenplay vehicle for him.

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.