Browsing: East of the Rhine

September-October 2018

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Has the Gay Movement Failed? by Martin Duberman Univ. of California Press 246 pages, $27.95 WHEN A WRITER puts a question mark at the end of a…More

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History of Violence: A Novel by Édouard Louis Translated by Lorin Stein Farrar, Strauss, Giroux 224 pages, $25. IT IS CHRISTMAS EVE, and Eddy Bellegueule, the protagonist…More

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White’s favorite 20th-century Japanese fiction writers are Jun’ichirō Tanizaki and Yasunari Kawabata, and he praises both for showing that “there’s more to contemporary literature than American coffee-cup realism.”What he prizes in these writers, and many others, is strangeness, an idea that runs throughout The Unpunished Vice.

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Shake It!  Their wrestling may be fake, but three members of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have been producing a breakfast cereal called BootyO’s that’s real and edible and probably…More

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A Shipload of Exceptions to Billy Budd Article Editors Note:Quite a few letters were received regarding errors in an essay in the July-August issue titled “For the Love of…More

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Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World by Frédéric Martel Translated by Patsy Baudoin MIT Press. 262 pages, $27.95 “IN IRAN, there are no homosexuals,”…More

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THE WORLD knows him as Peter Berlin, but his      real name is Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen-Heune. “Peter Berlin” was a stage name that he adopted upon arriving in…More

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THE YEAR WAS 1928. The Russian poet and diarist Mikhail Kuzmin had just performed his final public reading. He had been invited by a group of students whose enthusiasm…More