Browsing: Just Before Dawn

November-December 2013

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ALI LIEBEGOTT’S FICTION is in a direct line of descent from the road trip novels of the Beat Generation

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Marcel Proust by Adam Watt Reaktion Books.  208 pages, $16.95 THIS IS an amazing book, given its small size, standing on the backs of much weightier biographies of…More

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Diary of a Gay Priest is one of the funniest and sanest memoirs I’ve ever read

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JUDY GRAHN was born in Chicago in 1940. This is just about the only ordinary thing that can be said about the self-identified working-class lesbian poet.

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In Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, B. Jack Copeland argues that we should not assume that Turing took his own life, because we don’t really know how he died. What matters more is …

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The essays are grouped by subject matter—personal history, writers, iconic movie stars, artists—but autobiographical elements appear in so many that the collection is surprisingly unified.

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Reviews of Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, Our Naked Lives, Henry Darger, Throw-Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist, and The Daylight Gate.

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Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution by Jorge Olivares Duke University Press 241 pages, $22.95 THE TITLE of the first chapter in Jorge Olivares’ study of…More