Browsing: July-August 2018

July-August 2018

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American Crime Story:  The Assassination of Gianni Versace 9 episodes written by Tom Rob Smith The FX Channel A  FRESH POLAROID of fashion icon Gianni Versace dying on a rickety…More

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Disobedience Directed by Sebastián Lelio DISOBEDIENCE is a gripping drama based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman. The film is directed by Chilean…More

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Love, Simon Directed by Greg Berlanti 20th Century Fox TO UNDERSTAND the appeal of the sweet but spineless film, you first have to understand the mindset of the…More

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IN ME AND MY HOUSE, Magdalena Zaborowska reconstructs and analyzes the last decade of James Baldwin’s life when he lived in St. Paul-de-Vence, a small village in the south of France.

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 346 pages, $26. IT’S A QUESTION as old as Greek tragedy (or older): what part does fate play in our…More

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THIS DETAILED BIOGRAPHY tells the life story of Alain Locke, one of the major forces behind the Harlem Renaissance. As a critic and public intellectual, he helped establish the careers of many black writers and artists.

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            In My Ex-Life: A Novel, David Hedges is a fifty-something gay man, a successful college admissions consultant living in San Francisco, who helps spoiled children get into good schools. His boyfriend Soren has left him for an older man, a surgeon; he has become overweight; and his best friend Renata, a realtor, is trying to sell his ocean-view, under-market rental out from under him.

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In Forbidden Lives, Norena Shopland cites this spirit of rebellion as an animating force in the lives of the many Welsh LGBT pioneers whose stories she has collected in her book.

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Reviews of On the Road and  Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius; The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel; Apocalypse, Darling; and Patient Zero and the Making of the Aids Epidemic.

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[I] found The Last Word to be smoothly written. It was fun to observe someone with a vast catalogue of life experiences and the ability to turn them into witticisms. Reading this book, one can readily understand why Quentin Crisp was such a sought-after dinner guest.

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