Arts & Culture :: Books

It takes two to tangle

It takes two to tangle

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 19, 2019

Carmen Maria Machado's new memoir "In the Dream House" addresses the topic of lesbian domestic abuse, though it also circles the subject.

Call me an unsatisfying sequel

Call me an unsatisfying sequel

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 12, 2019

Andre Aciman has published the sequel to his incandescent debut novel, "Call Me By Your Name."

Which witch is which?

Which witch is which?

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 12, 2019

Writer Augusten Burroughs reveals yet another fascinating aspect about himself in " Toil & Trouble." Wait for it: he's a witch.

Monster mash

Monster mash

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 5, 2019

Jeanette Winterson's 11th novel is "Frankissstein: A Love Story" (Grove Press).

Ice queen Adam Rippon pens memoir

Ice queen Adam Rippon pens memoir

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 5, 2019

In his effortlessly breezy and entertaining memoir "Beautiful on the Outside," U.S. Olympic athlete Adam Rippon demonstrates a natural knack for comedic writing.

Talking puppets talking trash

Talking puppets talking trash

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 29, 2019

Call it an uptick in the collective unconscious or call it news, there's no mistaking the mushrooming of new books, fiction and non-, about Fascism.

Gay epic play connects

Gay epic play connects

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 29, 2019

The new play "The Inheritance" by Matthew Lopez, is an epic of current gay life in New York performed in two parts, lasting a total of 7.5 hours.

Love on the docks

Love on the docks

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 22, 2019

The area around New York City's West Village piers in the 1970s was a hidden, secretive enclave where anonymous gay sexual activity was rampant, nude sunbathing was celebrated, and offbeat, radical works of queer art were created and appreciated.

Telepathic hackers: Caleb Crain's 'Overthrow'

Telepathic hackers: Caleb Crain's 'Overthrow'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 15, 2019

From its very title, Caleb Crain's second novel, "Overthrow," is comedy of the highest order.

Five gay authors who played the intelligence game

Five gay authors who played the intelligence game

  • by Peter Garland
  • Oct 15, 2019

"The necessity of procuring good intelligence is apparent and need not be further urged." — George Washington, 1777. Here are five homosexual authors through history who dabbled in espionage.

There is nothing like a Hollywood Dame

There is nothing like a Hollywood Dame

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Oct 15, 2019

As Sloan De Forest shows in TCM's "Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History" (Running Press, $23), today's gifted actresses continue to make noteworthy films.

Dishing Barbra: Ethan Mordden's 'On Streisand'

Dishing Barbra: Ethan Mordden's 'On Streisand'

  • by John F. Karr
  • Oct 15, 2019

I was initially dismayed to see Ethan Mordden's latest book, "On Streisand" (Oxford Press, hardcover, $21.95).

Debbie Harry Faces It: Blondie singer's memoir and fan art

Debbie Harry Faces It: Blondie singer's memoir and fan art

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 9, 2019

Blondie cofounders Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were guests at the Arts & Ideas series hosted by the Jewish Community Center on October 3, to discuss Harry's memoir, 'Face It.'

Fall for fiction: new book season

Fall for fiction: new book season

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 8, 2019

The first new Henry Rios mystery novel in 20 years, "Carved in Bone" (Persigo Press) by award-winning gay author Michael Nava, is set in mid-1980s San Francisco.