Browsing: Sex Culture

Sept-Oct 2014

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THE STORIES in Foolish Hearts remind us that the short story was once a mainstream art form for ordinary folks to read and enjoy. Most of these stories are gay romances that end either happily or poignantly and, for the most part, don’t spend much time in the bedroom.

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Palmerino is a beautifully written and well-structured work, and after reading Vineta Colby’s 2003 biography titled Vernon Lee, I can say that Palmerino is based very closely on the life of Violet Paget (1856–1935)

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The Animals:  Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy Edited by Katherine Bucknell Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 481 pages, $30. THIS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION of the letters between Christopher…More

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Radio is the story of a middle-aged gay filmmaker returning to his homeland after living for over a decade in Paris. The book begins with the unnamed narrator musing to himself about the differences between euros and Estonian currency …

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Wilfred Owen by Guy Cuthbertson Yale.  352 pages, $40. WHEN CAVAFY wrote poems about his encounters with lads in Alexandria brothels and pickups in the mazes of bazaars,…More

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Reviews of the books: Gender Failure, Body Geographic, Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, and For Today I Am a Boy; and the film: Valentine Road.

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Under My Skin by Orville Lloyd Douglas Guernica Edition. 80 pages, $15. Haiti Glass by Lenelle Moïse City Lights/Sister Spit. 79 pages, $10.95 The Road to Emmaus by Spencer…More

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Ghost Image by Hervé Guibert Translated by Robert Bononno Chicago.  160 pages, $18. The Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976-1991 by Hervé Guibert Translated by Nathanaël Nightboat Books.…More

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Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves Oxford.  296 pages, $29.95 IT IS EARLY 19th-century America. Two New England women come to…More

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Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement by Ralf Dose Translated by Edward H. Willis Monthly Review Press. 128 pages, $23. THIS SHORT BIOGRAPHY of Magnus…More