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PUBLISHED last year on the occasion of a major retrospective of Frida Kahlo’s work in the Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and Bank Austria Kunstforum, in Vienna, the Frida Kahlo Retrospective is accompanied by a coffee table-sized catalog. It is a stunningly beautiful book with glorious color and black-and-white illustrations.

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            One of the funniest passages in I Have Something To Tell You is when Chasten recalls critics charging that he and Pete simply weren’t “gay” enough.

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Francesca Wade wants us to rediscover the five subjects of the book within “a sense of place”—Mecklenburgh Square in Bloomsbury, London. The author offers mini-profiles of five writers: All five who resided at Mecklenburgh Square at some point between 1916 and 1940.

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RESIST EVERYTHING Except Temptation is a careful consideration of Oscar Wilde’s philosophical underpinnings. Through a close examination of his writings and political affiliations, Kristian Williams discovers a deep affinity for anarchism.

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In his powerful debut novel The Prophets, Robert Jones, Jr., depicts in exquisite, often excruciating, detail the social ruination that slavery brought to the antebellum South.

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Drag Queens and Beauty Queens is an ethnographic study that analyzes the symbiotic relationship between a “pair of spectacles”: the 100-year-old Miss America pageant (which Greene calls a “performance of gender” that’s “understood by gays as essentially a camp performance”) and its “drag counterpart,” the Miss’d America pageant.

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            Deep Song, a title borrowed from Lorca’s own work, starts with Lorca’s “García” roots in the countryside of southern Spain, a blended zone with many Arabic influences. It is also a place of interconnected family and business relationships. Some of these were helpful to the young writer and some ultimately fatal, Roberts argues with evidence gathered from multiple sources and laid together like the mosaics of Andalusia.

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            “Beauty and pleasure are at the center of teaching,” Mendelsohn observed in An Odyssey. “For the best teacher is the one who wants you to find meaning in the things that have given him pleasure, too.” Mendelsohn’s latest book achieves just that. Three Rings is not a book for everyone. But for readers who can’t help pondering how we make meaning of the motley mosaic of life, it is a delightful odyssey.

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Outrageous Misfits is also the story of Toronto’s gay scene from the 1970s to the present day. Brian Bradley, a Canadian journalist and writer for The Toronto Star, carried out extensive archival research, had access to journals and other primary sources, and inter- viewed key family members, friends, and associates. This leads to some repetition, but for the most part the narrative presses on relentlessly, from the highest highs to the lowest lows.

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Short reviews of Fiebre Tropical, Original Kink, and Tell Me about It 3: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions, and Life Stories

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