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Who's afraid of 'The Boys in the Band?'

Who's afraid of 'The Boys in the Band?'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 18, 2018

The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics, edited by Matt Bell (Wayne State University Press), is a hodgepodge of professorial contributions discussing aspects of the film/play.

Brotherhood way

Brotherhood way

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 18, 2018

In his beautifully written, lucid, and emotionally intense third memoir, prolific author, poet, and educator Rigoberto Gonzalez describes his tumultuous early life with his brother Alex and their coming-of-age into adulthood amidst grief and trauma.

Novel ideas: Spring fiction reading list

Novel ideas: Spring fiction reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 11, 2018

Michael Imperioli makes his literary debut with The Perfume Burned His Eyes (Akashic), a novel in which 16-year-old narrator Matthew becomes enmeshed with the late rock legend Lou Reed and his trans muse Rachel.

Phallic attentions

Phallic attentions

  • by Peter Garland
  • Apr 11, 2018

Throughout human history, the phallos has been a symbol that stood for much more than sex. The classic book "Phallos: A Symbol and Its History in the Male World" (1972) documents some of the more striking uses of the phallos as a symbol.

Nigerian gay coming-of-age story

Nigerian gay coming-of-age story

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 11, 2018

I found Udozinma Iweala's neck-snapping new novel "Speak No Evil" (Harper) a welcome palate-cleanser after the tooth-rotting peachiness of "Call Me by Your Name."

National Poetry Month reading list

National Poetry Month reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 11, 2018

Observed every April since its 1996 launch, National Poetry Month was created by the American Academy of Poets as a means of celebrating and calling attention to poetry.

Living for the city

Living for the city

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 28, 2018

A new paperback edition of "Insomniac City - New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me" by Bill Hayes (Bloomsbury) comes emblazoned with a blurb from a B.A.R. review of the hardback.

Intimate access to Elizabeth Bishop

Intimate access to Elizabeth Bishop

  • by Garland Richard Kyle
  • Mar 21, 2018

There are few lesbian couples who are as famous, highly regarded, and talked about in Rio de Janeiro as American Pulitzer and National Book Award honoree poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian "modernist designer" Maria Carlotta Constallotta de Macedo Soares

Spiritual ecstasy in retreat

Spiritual ecstasy in retreat

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 21, 2018

Spiritual agonies and ecstasies of several kinds are the subjects of Stephen Hough's new, first novel, "The Final Retreat" (Sylph Editions).

The ends of the affair

The ends of the affair

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 14, 2018

I wouldn't call voyeurism the theme of Alan Hollinghurst's absorbing new novel "The Sparsholt Affair" (Knopf), but it is its seed, its germ.

Scissor sister

Scissor sister

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 14, 2018

If you're a sporadic drag queen like me, the pink, purple, and silver glitter palette on the cover of Jake Shears' new memoir should be enough to draw you in.

Heaven sent

Heaven sent

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 7, 2018

A dream by Tony Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner opens "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels of America."

Wintertime book season puzzle

Wintertime book season puzzle

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 7, 2018

Below are six newly released books that have piqued our interest, followed by passages from each of them. Match the title to the prose!

Patty Duke's final words

Patty Duke's final words

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 7, 2018

In the new book "In the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress," the late Oscar winner Patty Duke reflects on her extraordinary career and the many legends with whom she crossed paths.