Tag Archive: gay

On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. (Buy the limited edition hardcover, Kindle version,… Continue reading

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Translation Tuesdays: 4 Non-English Works About Drag Queens

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Four Non-English Novels about Drag Queens: so begins MP Johnson Week at The Driftless Area Review.

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Commonplace Book: Tennessee Williams and the importance of queens to American culture

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“Just imagine this place without queens in it. It would be absolutely barbaric.” — Candy from “And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens …” (circa 1970, unpublished one-act play), by Tennessee Williams

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The Marshall Moore Interview

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I recently reviewed Bitter Orange, by Marshall Moore at CCLaP. In this interview with the author, we discuss the superhero genre, the concept of self-loathing, and scheduling creative writing projects around a busy work life.

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CCLaP Fridays: Bitter Orange, by Marshall Moore

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This week Karl Wolff reviews “Bitter Orange,” by Marshall Moore, about a gay man coming to terms with his superpower to turn invisible. Does that make him a hero or a villain?

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CCLaP Fridays: Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, by Thomas Glave

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Over at CCLaP I review “Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh,” by Thomas Glave, a new anthology of fiction and non-fiction works about prejudice, sexuality, and diaspora.

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The NSFW Files: City of Night, by John Rechy

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This week I review the underground gay classic about hustlers and their world, John Rechy’s City of Night.

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Reviews in Brief: Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture, by Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Roslyn Weaver

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This book proves its usefulness in its good timing. Coleman and Weaver investigate the numerous pop cultural pieces here, analyzing how specific treatments reflect attitudes of society at large.

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Translation Tuesdays: Firefly, by Severo Sarduy

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Karl Wolff reviews Firefly by Severo Sarduy (release date, March 2013), a writer praised by Roland Barthes, for his verbal richness and dreamlike evocation of pre-Castro Cuba.

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Critical Appraisals: A Spy in the Ruins, by Christopher Bernard

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A Spy in the Ruins by Christopher Bernard constructs a postapocalyptic anti-narrative replete with verbal richness, political aggression, and erotic tenderness.

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