Browsing: (Long) Before Stonewall

November-December 2018

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Calypso by David Sedaris Little, Brown. 259 pages, $28. OF COURSE the book is funny; it’s by David Sedaris. We’ve known this about Sedaris since the morning of…More

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Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 480 pages, $45. EDWARD LEAR, born in London in 1812, produced some of…More

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Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage by Gillian M. Rodger U. of Illinois Press. 242 pages, $28. MELISSA MCCARTHY’S Saturday Night Live impression…More

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THE OTHER DAY is a play that grows on you—in a good way. This bare-bones production staged at the Theater at the 14th Street Y begins with two men dawdling after a meeting of their twelve-step program.

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Set mostly in the Delta region of Mississippi where [Nick] White was born and raised, the collection (Sweet & Low) is divided into two sections. In a story in the first section, “The Lovers,” a widow slowly realizes the truth about her husband’s secret life after she discovers an unrecognizable pocket watch among her husband’s belongings. …
The stories in the second section are interlinked, focusing on the life of one Forney Culpepper, who matures from childhood to early middle age over the course of six varied and finely crafted stories.

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Nicola Griffith’s new novel So Lucky, a slim book about the progress of a little-understood chronic disease, multiple sclerosis, seems unexpectedly narrow in scope when compared to previous efforts. However, the subject matter is partly autobiographical.

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