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May-June 2014

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Our Deep Gossip
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“I’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD why more people don’t love poetry.” These are the very first words in Christopher Hennessy’s collection of interviews with gay male writers, Our Deep Gossip, and they belong to novelist Christopher Bram, who provided the book’s foreword.

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Returning to Reims
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This autobiography comes off rather like the one published in 2010 by France’s gay minister of culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, La Mauvaise Vie (The Bad Life). It left embarrassed readers wondering why Mitterrand would have wanted to present the public with such an unflattering depiction of himself.

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Who Will Die Last?
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Who Will Die Last?  Stories of Life in Israel by David Ehrlich Syracuse Univ. Press.  154 pages, $19.95 STAND IN LINE to enter a movie theater in Israel,…More

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Frog Music:  A Novel by Emma Donoghue Little, Brown and Company 416 pages, $27. IT CAN BE SOBERING to think that throughout history millions of life stories have been…More

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One of the most admirable features of Maupin’s writing is his ability to lead the reader anywhere and make what happens there believable and poignant. Even though strained coincidences and chance encounters permeate The Days of Anna Madrigal and the others in the series, … we willingly surrender to plot and character.

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IN THE EARLY 1950s, the New York publishing company Greenberg was convicted of sending obscene materials through the mail. The publishers were fined and the books were effectively banned. The offending texts were three gay novels (none with explicit sexual content): Quatrefoil (1950), by James Barr; The Invisible Glass (1950), by Loren Wahl; and The Divided Path (1949), by Nial Kent.

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For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco Beacon Press. 112 pages, $15. Sturge:  A Memoir Edited by Sanford Phippen Downeast Graphics.  304 pages, $30.…More

Artpop
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Reviews of the novel Exception to the Rule, and Lady Gaga’s album Artpop.

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Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America by Kevin Cook W. W. Norton.  288 pages, $25.95 CATHERINE “Kitty” Genovese was a petite, 28-year-old bartender…More