Browsing: Summer Reading

July – August, 2012

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DEREK JARMAN (1942-1994) is one of those artists whose interests were expansive and who had the creative powers not only to indulge them but to do so with distinction across a broad range of categories. …

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K. MURRY JOHNSON’S Image of Emeralds and Chocolate is a black gay love story set in both contemporary and slave times, a book that’s destined to become a classic in black and gay vampire literature. …

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AS a longtime devotee of the films of Luchino Visconti (1906-1976), I’m thrilled to report that this new critical study on the work of Visconti is an admirable addition to any film aficionado’s library. …

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It was mid-1970 when Bornstein-twenty-something, anor-exic, altruistic, and seeking spiritual meaning-started a cross-country pilgrimage that landed him in Colorado. There, while looking for new boots, he found a Scientology center. He entered, and he stayed. …

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IT HAS BEEN nearly fifty years since the publication of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences, but interest in both the book and in the way he wrote it remains so high …

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While most of the essays in this new collection have been published elsewhere …, they remind us how erudite and fluid White the essayist can be as he moves between history, experience, and reflection. …

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DAVID AUBURN’S new play, The Columnist, is a stroll down memory lane for many of us of a certain age. … [and] End of the Rainbow … is a play with music rather than a musical. It marks the Broadway debut of Tracie Bennett, who inhabits the role of Judy Garland as she struggled with the addiction to pills and alcohol that would soon be her undoing.

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Scholars are divided over whether it’s appropriate to use the term “lesbian” to refer to 18th-century relationships between two women, since the word was not used at the time. But despite the absence of the word, people were aware that such relationships and such women existed.

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Rub Out the Words starts in 1959, when Naked Lunch was first published in Paris, and ends in 1974, when, after living abroad for 25 years, Burroughs returned to New York City to take a teaching job at City College.

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[The “Murder House”] figures as prominently as any character in American Horror Story, the new hit show from out TV mogul Ryan Murphy, [and] When American Horror Story returns for a much anticipated second season, Murphy will present an entirely new cast in a new location.

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