Browsing: Eccentricities

May-June 2014

Holding on Upside Down
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Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell Farrar, Straus and Giroux 480 pages, $30. IT’S AN ARRESTING ODDITY: the fact that…More

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I’VE REWOUND, fast-forwarded and paused but I still can’t find him. At one point I thought I’d spotted him in the closing circus scene of 8½. Or was that him,…More

Glenway Wescott
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SAY THE NAME “Glenway Wescott” at a cocktail party or gay studies conference and most people will draw a blank (“Glenway Who?”). But every so often someone may dimly recollect this 1920s expatriate American writer …

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES is certainly not a “gay” play; nor does its author, Eve Ensler, market it as such. It is considered primarily a “feminist” play, but ever since its…More

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ON AUGUST THIRD, 1916, Roger Casement, a retired British consul and renowned humanitarian, was executed by the British government for treason. This was a death penalty offense, but he…More

Anything Goes
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Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre by Ethan Mordden Oxford Univ. Press. 346 pages, $29.95 The Passionate Attention of an Interesting Man: A Novella and Four…More

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THERE’S A REASON why Henry James burned his papers in the garden of Lamb House: when a famous writer dies, he’s vulnerable. People swoop in and write up his life, often in a way that Joyce Carol Oates would later call “pathobiography.”

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