Browsing: Fall Reading

September – October, 2007

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… In Strange Tribe, Gregory’s son John Hemingway has written a tell-all memoir that explores the Hemingway clan in all of its dysfunctionality. This book represents a gesture of contrition and healing toward his sad, dead father. …

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… This case sets the stage for Cristian Berco’s fine study of homosexual sodomy in Spain from the 1500’s to the 1700’s. Working from 500 Inquisition trial proceedings involving homosexual sodomy in Aragon, Spain, Berco situates these court cases within the complexities of the period’s social landscape.

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“I WANT to kill myself sometimes when I think I’m the only person in the world and the part of me that feels that way is trapped inside this body that only bumps into other bodies without ever connecting with the only person in the world trapped inside of them,” Johnny agonizes in Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (1987). “We gotta connect. We just have to. Or we die.”

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Commentary on the news

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SARAH SCHULMAN’S latest novel, The Child, is a complex story about people who are caught in the clutches of our society’s systems. The novel follows the lives of two characters, Eva and Stew, whose lives intersect briefly. The plot is advanced in vignettes. Multiple viewpoints, from secondary as well as primary characters, create a sense of ironic distance as the reader watches powerlessly while the characters are propelled headlong into disaster.

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The following is adapted from a speech delivered by the author in acceptance of the annual leadership award given for outstanding service to the GLBT community by the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus … The author is the founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network … As part of his speech, Mr. Jennings announced that he and his partner … were funding the creation of the Eugene Cummings Prize, to be given for the best paper on LGBT issues at Harvard College each year.

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JOAN ACOCELLA writes beautifully on every topic she covers, and this collection of her biographical essays over the last two decades shimmers with droll observations, vivid images, and wise insights about important artists.

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