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The thread about Michael Cunningham's loo got me to thinking about some of my favorite books that were written by gay/lesbian authors, or about LGBT themes.

Literate bitches unite! Let's hear your likes (and of course your dislikes too).

by Anonymousreply 10910/05/2014

Fell in love with the classic Baldwin, Giovanni's Room when I was a teenager. I recently loved Julia Glass's Three Junes.

by Anonymousreply 101/28/2013

I read Cunningham but was underwhelmed by him. Flesh and Blood was my favorite.

I definitely loved David Leavitt's books. And Christopher Bram's books, at least the first few. "Hold Tight" was a great period romance.

I remember thinking Ethan Mordden's "How Long Has This Been Going On?" was a more emotionally resonant version of Tales of the City. (And I do love the Tales books and sequels, though I have mixed feelings on the author himself.)

I loved "The God In Flight" which was a very Victorian take on a gay romance - written, shockingly, by a woman.

And the most recent book I loved was "At Swim, Two Boys."

I have to admit, I've been bad about reading fiction in the last 5 years or so. Have to read too much non-fiction for work.

by Anonymousreply 201/28/2013

I've liked all of Andrew Holleran's books, the ones I've read, which I think is most, but not all of them.

Also, Jim Grimsley and K. M. Soehnlein (link below).

by Anonymousreply 301/28/2013

Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty. The movie version stars Dan Stevens(Matthew, Downton Abbey), and I liked it even more than the book.

I haven't liked all of Hollinghurst's works, though.

by Anonymousreply 401/28/2013

Richard Stevenson's Donald Strachey series of books about a gay PI are (mostly) great.

by Anonymousreply 501/28/2013

The one author I really remember disliking was Felice Picano.

The books I tried to read of his were all characters cataloguing their tricks and places they were seen: "I fucked this hot guy, who was [fill in a way to say 'not gay acting' here] and then we went to this fabulous party...."

by Anonymousreply 601/28/2013

R6, I didn't like Felice Picano, for much the same reason, until I read "Like People in History," which is a book I often recommend. It has survived every book purge I've had since I first read it in 1995 or so.

by Anonymousreply 701/28/2013

That was the one that I hated R7! No disrespect to you, it just didn't work for me.

by Anonymousreply 801/28/2013

Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar. And, the movie may have tarnished its reputations, but Myra Breckinridge is a great book. Scathing at times.

Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman.

by Anonymousreply 901/28/2013

Loved Tipping the Velvet. Despise anything by the trashy Rita Mae Brown, who had the nerve to compare herself to Flaubert.

by Anonymousreply 1001/28/2013

are there any fantasy/YA style books with gay characters?

by Anonymousreply 1101/28/2013

A single man by Christopher Isherwood. Loved the film as well.

by Anonymousreply 1201/28/2013

Rita Mae Brown is DEFINITELY not Flaubert but I loved the heartfelt bitchery of Sudden Death.

by Anonymousreply 1301/28/2013

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill is a contemporary wonder. If the title is off-putting, you just don't get the allusion.

Middlesex is a decent read by the famed Jeffrey Eugenides. Less gay than it is a look at the spectrum of gender and sexuality. An ode to the Greeks, too.

by Anonymousreply 1401/28/2013

There's a special place in my heart for Emma Donoghue, author of Life Mask and Stir Fry.

Hey R12, if you like Isherwood, you also might want to read his buddy John Lehmann, who was also part owner of Hogarth Press. Lehmann write volumes of memoirs, especially about his time in 1930s Germany and gay culture there.

by Anonymousreply 1501/28/2013

Thanks R15 for your advice.

by Anonymousreply 1601/28/2013

As Meat Loves Salt is excellent.

by Anonymousreply 1701/28/2013

I second The Line of Beauty. The scene with Thatcher is one of the funniest things ever written and the end is just so poignant. Hollinghurst's The Swimming Pool Library is also excellent.

by Anonymousreply 1801/28/2013

Nothing but Top 40 Oldies so far.

by Anonymousreply 1901/28/2013

R17, I liked As Meat Loves Salt, too.

by Anonymousreply 2001/28/2013

Do you have anyone new to post about, R19?

by Anonymousreply 2101/28/2013

I'm a fan of Stephen Mccauley's books featuring homo main characters, the most well known of which was "The Object of My Affection" made into a movie starring Jennifer Anniston and Paul Rudd (I think).

by Anonymousreply 2201/28/2013

from the last book thread, someone recommended Justin Torres' "we the animals" - was fantastic!

by Anonymousreply 2301/28/2013

William Benemann has a new book out call Men in Eden. It is a biography of William Drummond Stewart, an early fur trader in Western America. He had many intimate relations with other men.

by Anonymousreply 2401/28/2013

Lots, anything by Michael Cunningham,Paul Monette, Bart Yates, Michael Thomas Ford, just to name a few

by Anonymousreply 2501/28/2013

I've been trying to finish Al Parker's biography, Clone, but I just keep thinking that while the sexual anecdotes are fun to read about, he died young and he didn't really accomplish too much. I enjoy watching and re-watching his porn films, but his life just wasn't all that interesting.

by Anonymousreply 2601/28/2013

The younglings might not understand or appreciate, but Ethan Mordden' s Buddies series (particularly Buddies) documents and captures the Glory Days of gay, unfortunately a bygone era. I LOVE those books!

Really loved At Swim, Two Boys, too.

by Anonymousreply 2701/28/2013

I just finished Jeffrey Sharlach's "Running in Bed" which is an entertaining and ultimately, heartbreaking, look at gay life in New York in the 70s and 80s. Very vivid.

by Anonymousreply 2801/28/2013

Supposedly Cunningham has a big dick...

by Anonymousreply 2901/29/2013

Patricia Highsmith's 'The Price of Salt'

by Anonymousreply 3001/29/2013

Thanks for that, R28. I just ordered a copy.

by Anonymousreply 3101/29/2013

Some of my favorites:


"Maurice" by E. M. Forster

"Goodbye to Berlin" by Christopher Isherwood

"Orlando" by Virginia Woolf

"Billy Budd" by Herman Melville

"Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin

"Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh


"Summer Will Show" by Sylvia Townsend Warner (the greatest lesbian novel ever written, IMO)

"The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith (the second greatest lesbian novel ever written)

"Victorine" by Maude Hutchins

"Belchamber" by Howard Sturgis

"The Swimming Pool Library" by Alan Hollinghurst

"The Bell" by iris Murdoch

"At Swim, Two Boys" by Jamie O'Neill

"As Meat Loves Salt" by Maria McCann

by Anonymousreply 3201/29/2013

Mary Renault, "The Charioteer."

by Anonymousreply 3301/29/2013

Harriet the Spy is kid lit's most iconic baby dyke

by Anonymousreply 3401/29/2013

Lol R34!

by Anonymousreply 3501/30/2013

HERO by Perry Moore is a good YA fantasy book.

by Anonymousreply 3601/30/2013

Guys, please help!

I'm reading 'Hollywood Gays' by Boze Hadleigh. It is a very interesting book. Should i trust Hadleigh as a source though? Actually in Wikipedia, it is written that Hadleigh's veracity concerning some source material has been questioned. Gays who are well-informed about it, drop a line and answer me!

by Anonymousreply 3705/05/2014

Back when I was a little baby dyke I loved Kinflicks by Lisa Alther.

by Anonymousreply 3805/05/2014

Yes, R29, it's more than respectable.

by Anonymousreply 3905/06/2014

Lots of good books/authors already mentioned.

I review books for a local biweekly magazine, and most of my reviews also appear on Amazon and other websites. Since the magazine is LGBT inclusive, I even review lesbian erotica (Doesn't do much for me, but a well written book is a well written book, regardless of the subject matter) and books about transgender individuals. I've also presented some local and visiting authors in readings here.

My favorite genre is gay mysteries, with my favorite author in that area being Mark Richard Zubro, who has two long-running series based in Chicago, one about a gay police detective and another about a high school teacher with a professional ballplayer boyfriend. Also like Greg Heren's mysteries, which are based in New Orleans, and Mark Abramson's, which feature a young waiter in the Castro.

But my favorite author overall, who crosses over several genres, is Alan Chin, who does some great novels. My favorite is "Matchmaker", about a gay professional tennis player. Check his books out, if you can.

by Anonymousreply 4005/06/2014

Long ago, I secretly read part of a book called "The Boys On The Rock."

by Anonymousreply 4105/06/2014

Gay-themed: EARTHLY POWERS (Anthony Burgess).

by Anonymousreply 4205/06/2014

Remember the Gay Manual? Or how about the "Gay Man's Guide to Heterosexuality" that explained all the strange customs of the you know who's.

by Anonymousreply 4305/06/2014

Remember Doug Guinan's 90s book "California Screaming"?

The gays can be very funny. He just died very recently.

by Anonymousreply 4405/06/2014

If you want to read gay novels that are funny, check out the work of Kage Alan. His latest is "Gayias: Operation Thunderspell." Debut work was "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientatio."

by Anonymousreply 4505/07/2014

There used to be so many more gay-themed literary journals out there. The one I most remember was Christopher Street which regularly featured fiction from many of the authors that have already been mentioned in this thread.

Jonathan, a relatively new journal of gay men's fiction, is a great new one that I've found. The stories cover a wide breadth of experience and the writing is quite good.

by Anonymousreply 4605/07/2014

A gay author I discovered about year ago and I absolutely love is Jeff Mann. His primary focus is the bear community with a penchant for BDSM, but his prose is so extraordinary -- he's also a poet -- that he's just a wonder to read.

I LOVED his Civil War novel "Purgatory," about a Rebel soldier who falls for the Yankee they take prisoner in the final days of the war. Again, lots of BDSM stuff here -- not my own personal kink, but Mann really gets you into the story and you totally fall for these characters.

Am currently reading his newest novel, "Cub," a clearly autobiographical yarn of a husky teenager coming to grips with being gay in a small town in West Virginia.

by Anonymousreply 4705/07/2014

Was reading "London Triptych" by Jonathan Kemp, which is about three gay men living in different periods (1890s,1950s,1990s) in London. I had to stop reading about 150 pages in. The underlying theme with all three is "gat men are empty, sad, pained souls, who use sex to make themselves feel whole for brief periods." How fucking depressing.

by Anonymousreply 4805/07/2014

[quote] Jeff Mann ...I LOVED his Civil War novel "Purgatory," about a Rebel soldier who falls for the Yankee they take prisoner in the final days of the war. Again, lots of BDSM stuff here -- not my own personal kink, but Mann really gets you into the story and you totally fall for these characters.

Agree on that book.

And FYI, there's a sequel, "Salvation," coming out on Aug 15. Just got a reviewer copy the other day.

by Anonymousreply 4905/07/2014

r40/r49 -- not sure how I feel about that; on the one hand, I'm pleased to revisit characters I loved, but, on the other hand, "Purgatory" had such a strong through-line narrative with an exquisite ending that I'd just like to imagine their future on my own.

by Anonymousreply 5005/07/2014

Just finished These Things Happen by Richard Kramer. Thought it was a pretty good read. I liked the way each chapter is from a different characters points of view. However, the bitchy NY queen got on my last nerve.

by Anonymousreply 5105/07/2014

AT SWIM, TWO BOYS by Jamie O'Neill


THE FOLDING STAR by Alan Hollinghurst

THE LINE OF BEAUTY by Alan Hollinghurst

by Anonymousreply 5205/07/2014

I discovered it myself. Boze Hadleigh lies about his interviews with stars. It's obvious if you read the book.

by Anonymousreply 5305/08/2014

Do gay men like lesbian books?

by Anonymousreply 5405/18/2014

[quote]I discovered it myself. Boze Hadleigh lies about his interviews with stars. It's obvious if you read the book.

He actually went to trouble of requesting Wikipedia take down questioning material!!!! And they did!

Sorry to hear Doug Guinan died. California Screaming is brilliantly funny. The best 'summer light reading' gay novel in a decade.

by Anonymousreply 5505/18/2014

Are you sure Doug Guinan has died r44? I can't find anything about it online. He was / is in real estate, wasn't he?

by Anonymousreply 5605/18/2014

[quote]Do gay men like lesbian books?

Generally, probably not.

As I oreviously mentioned, I am a gay man who reviews LGBT books for a local newsmagazine, and I have to be inclusive, to some extent (My reviews tend to be 50% gay, 20% lesbian, 20% generic "lesbian and gay studies" and 10% transgender.

Having to read lesbian novels with erotic content was something I had to get used to. :) Ultimately, good writing is good writing, regardless of the subject matter.

I try to avoid "heavy" erotic content, bordering on porn, since that is not what I am supposed to review. Overall, gay male novels tend to have more heavy erotic than lesbian ones but ... ironically ... many of the heavily-erotic gay male novels I see are written by WOMEN, usually heterosexual ones. Male erotic romance novels have a significant hetero female following, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 5705/18/2014

He's never much caught on in the US but Patrick Gale's novels are pretty wonderful.

I like some of his earliest from the late 1980s the best like The Aerodynamics of Pork, Kansas in August and Facing the Tank. They're much quirkier and funnier than his more recent books.

Of those I enjoyed Notes at an Exhibition and Rough Music.

And he's very hot! Check out his website.

by Anonymousreply 5805/18/2014

"The Velvet Rage," non-fiction by Alan Downs, published in 2006.

by Anonymousreply 5905/18/2014

[quote]Do gay men like lesbian books?

We don't like lesbians, so ... No.

by Anonymousreply 6005/19/2014

I agree with [R27]'s pick. In fact, I think that the "Buddies" series by Ethan Mordden should be required reading for gay men. Except for the final book that he added years later. I hated what he did to Little Kiwi and Bauhaus!!

by Anonymousreply 6105/19/2014

"Misadventures in the (213)" by Dennis Hensley is hilarious. As with Doug Guinan and "California Screaming", Hensley never wrote another novel (although Misadventures in the (213), like Tales of the City, was an adaptation of newspaper article he wrote).

by Anonymousreply 6205/19/2014

[quote]Sorry to hear Doug Guinan died. California Screaming is brilliantly funny. The best 'summer light reading' gay novel in a decade.[quote]

Agree completely, also sorry to hear he died.

I am still loving Vidal and Baldwin after all these years.

There are so many brilliant gay novelists, but I can't seem to warm up to the writings of "queer theorists" always comes off so pedantic and shrill.

Queer theory, in general, seems to be the refuge of academics whose limitations prevent them from writing gay fiction.

Not universally true of course.

However when I was a student at Duke I had this horrible teacher, John. M. Clum who was constantly shrieking his astounding banal opinions about musical theater as though he had just discovered how to split an atom.

Clum also ranted about "masculine gays" and complaining that young gays were not respectful of their "sissy roots"

He was nasty and waspish. However, he got some of his own bak his when his awful book "Something for the Boys" was excoriated by reviewers.

All of which could have been entertaining if he hadn't been so shrill and humorless.

by Anonymousreply 6308/06/2014

Sarah Waters, a very good Lesbian Brit writer.

She is old school, literary writing. You can tell she is well educated, has honed her craft and is a real writer, not like some of these hacks who just sit down and start typing.

She creates characters and settings so real you think you are there with them.

Her books tend to be long, but if you don't mind that, give them a try.

by Anonymousreply 6408/06/2014

r64, will check out Walters work, sounds just like what I am looking for thanks.

r63, I also was at Duke with that odious. nasty and completely mediocre John M. Clum. I can't believe the didn't fire his ass. I guess he is still there.

by Anonymousreply 6508/06/2014

just fyi r65 the name is Sarah Waters not "walters"

by Anonymousreply 6608/06/2014

I didn't go to Duke, but I've read John Clum's book "Acting Gay." Kind of dull.

by Anonymousreply 6708/06/2014

my gawd, r63 John M. Clum sounds like the prototypical datalounger: angry.delusional and oblivious.

He's a real find! Those Amazon user reviews on your link are hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 6808/06/2014

I am a theatre historian and I can tell you Clum's work is embarrassingly bad--how he got tenure at Duke remains a mystery.

by Anonymousreply 6908/06/2014

[R61]: I think Ethan Mordden's last Buddies volume was deliberately written to explore some of the taboo topics in gay culture--the issue of infidelity in longtime relationships, the pursuing of a sugar daddy, bisexuality, etc. I was put off when I first read it, I admit. But recently I gave it another go, and I thought that, if you realize it's a breakaway from the other volumes, it's actually enjoyable in an eerie sort of way--like walking through a haunted forest with Gandalf to protect you. And, like the other books, it's very funny while it tells us what gay life was like back in the day.

by Anonymousreply 7008/06/2014

agreed r69, It is one thing to be shrill and shallow as John Clum is famous for being but he so frequently bungles simple facts like dates etc, it is hard to believe anyone would hire him at all let alone give him tenure.

I can only imagine the shit he spews in front of students when he is so reckless in print.

I would think twice about having someone that questionable on faculty

by Anonymousreply 7108/07/2014

Joseph Hansen]s Dave Branstetter mysteries

by Anonymousreply 7208/07/2014

R63, my favorite quote from the Amazon reviews for the awful John M. Clum's awful book

[quote]I was shocked at the shoddy level of fact-checking for this book. I counted nearly an error a page. Did Clum not bother to proofread? Did St. Martin’s bother to copyedit? Aside from the fact that Clum keeps inserting his personal (and not very interesting) history into the narrative (the absolute nadir is his chapter on Sondheim shows and the men he was dating at the time), his book is almost free of original ideas. To put it in Broadway terms, this book falls somewhere between “Moose Murders” and “Saturday Night Fever [quote]

by Anonymousreply 7308/07/2014

John M. Clum says he is on something called "pre-retirement leave" from Duke University.

That is the phrase he uses. I have no idea what that means. I guess he isn't teaching [which is a very, very good idea] Perhaps the only way to get rid of him was to put him on some kind of leave.

Not sure what you do when you have a tenured professor who is so below the level of an acceptable standard if they can't be fired. Maybe the go on "pre-retirement leave"

by Anonymousreply 7408/07/2014

I find David Halperin to be incredibly interesting and accessible, though I know this thread isn't really about queer theory titles.

by Anonymousreply 7508/07/2014

yes r75 I really like David Halperin also. "How to be Gay" is a great book and as you say accessible in that most of the references are contemporary or explained without footnotes.

Reassuring to see the dislike for John M. Clum is so widespread. I knew I couldn't be the only one. As ridiculous as he is on paper, he is even worse as a speaker which I guess is how he is selling his sorry ass these days.

by Anonymousreply 7608/07/2014


by Anonymousreply 7708/07/2014

I love "A Single Man" the novel. The movie isn't bad either but the book is one of my all time faves.

"The Celluloid Closet" amazing FUN book about gay history as represented in film.

Once I read that Vidal had fucked Kerouac, I reread "On the Road" and got all the homosexual subtext or bi subtext..whatever.

Gay theory: I recommend "Cruising Utopia" by Jose Monez.

For a fun summer read I second the suggestion "California Screaming. Hilarious.

and to ad my 3 cents to this discussion of author John M. Clum, I once heard him refer to Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson as "overrated" and "completely mediocre" and that "compared to Mary Martin" they were both hacks.

So yes, tiresome silly queen, he.

by Anonymousreply 7808/07/2014

WHET Christopher Bram? Back in the early 1990s he was one of the biggest gay authors, and the successful film "Gods and Monsters" was based on his novel "Father of Frankenstein". I loved some of his other novels like "Surprising Myself" and "Hold Tight".

by Anonymousreply 7908/07/2014

r79 I also love Christopher Bram I think "Exiles in America" is his last book and that was about 6 years ago I think.

by Anonymousreply 8008/07/2014

Another vote for Sarah Waters. Excellent writing, absorbing stories. I have an early copy of her newest, The Paying Guests, and it's excellent. Two women fall in love in post-WW2 London. Halfway through and it's terrific.

Emma Donoghue is another terrific lesbian novelist.

by Anonymousreply 8108/07/2014

[quote]Are you sure Doug Guinan has died [R44]? I can't find anything about it online. He was / is in real estate, wasn't he?

He has, and he was.

He was surprised to learn he had bladder cancer two years ago just after turning 49, and spent two years treating it. The success/survivability rate is very high for a person in their 40s with early detection, but it was very aggressive, and after a grueling second round of chemo and surgery this winter, he suffered a stroke, and was gone.

He was my very first, close, gay male friend, we met as teenagers at the end of the "bad old days" in NYC. He was a film student, flight attendant, author, marathon runner, licensed family therapist, and real estate broker. The loss of his friendship is one of the toughest blows to me in years. He was also a lovely and thoughtful friend to my elderly parents. We used to joke and call him "The successful son they never had"!

In some small way his book keeps him alive. I hope so anyway.

by Anonymousreply 8208/07/2014

sorry for your loss r82. He obviously was an amazing, talented man.

by Anonymousreply 8308/07/2014

Are there any new, good novels that are:

A. Not young adult.

B. Not fantasy/sci-fi.

C. Not written by women.

Just took a look at Amazon's Best Sellers in Gay & Lesbian fiction, and they nearly all are one (or all) of those three, and that's not what I'm interested in.

by Anonymousreply 8408/07/2014

The Front Runner! The Front Runner! The Front Runner! 40 fucking years now, and no film! Why...............why don't 4-5 rich Hollywood gays (I'm looking at YOU: Murphy, Lourd, GEFFEN, more..) put up like $2MM each of their own money; make a nice low budget film with GOOD actors, under $10MM...

(Or HBO...)

Would appreciate other posters' thoughts; TIA.

by Anonymousreply 8508/07/2014

Isn't The Front Runner just a little bit dated?

by Anonymousreply 8608/07/2014

[quote]and to ad my 3 cents to this discussion of author John M. Clum, I once heard him refer to Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson as "overrated" and "completely mediocre" and that "compared to Mary Martin" they were both hacks [quote]

wow, he sounds PRICELESS. I guess he meant she could sing and because two of the greatest actors of the 20th century were unable to sing, that meant they were deficient in comparison.

so I guess he has a point.

An idiotic point, but a point nonetheless

by Anonymousreply 8708/07/2014

Something tells me this John M. Clum person has been posting on the DL for years.

As described here, he possesses all the qualities of your standard mid-range hysterical DL'r

As to how some of these loafs who get tenure and prominent universities, well that is subject for a book of its own.

There are many, many " John M. Clums "out there with tenure and plenty of students and co-workers scratching their heads as to how it happened.

by Anonymousreply 8808/09/2014

gawd, enough about this miserable man John Clum. Yes I know who he is and he doesn't deserve this much discussion. It is the kind of thing he thrives on.

FYI, Duke did find a way to kick his ass to the curb, he is no longer there.

by Anonymousreply 8908/09/2014

These are some of the books I enjoyed:

Larry Duplechan's Blackbird (about growing up gay & black in southern California)

Richard Friedel's The Movie Lover (poor little rich kid story given a gay & sarcastic twist)

Robert Ferro's The Blue Star (the lives of two men converging over a period of 20 years)

The first several Tales of the City books by Armistead Maupin (it lost me when the character Maryann began turning into an asshole)

David Leavitt's The Lost Language of Cranes (like father, like son)

Sarah Schulman's People in Trouble (AIDS & political awareness)

Gerald Wening's Firestorm (gay love in the Bible Belt)

Martin Schecter's Two Halves of New Haven (coming to terms with being gay)

Andrew Tobias' The Best Little Boy in the Word (a coming out novel written by someone who ironically was then in the closet and wrote under the pseudonym John Reid)

Joe Keenan's hilarious Blue Heaven (but not its godawful sequel)

David Feinberg's funny and moving AIDS novel Eighty-Sixed

I should stick in an oldie . . . from 1925 . . . Andre Gide's The Counterfeiters

I also enjoyed a number of books others mentioned earlier (like The City & the Pillar, A Home at the End of the World, Dancer from the Dance) – but I do prefer Patricia Nell Warren’s The Beauty Queen over The Front Runner (which would be better as a film than as a novel).

One last thing. In the late 1970s when I started getting interested in film and began reading various books on the subject and subscribing to Film Comment magazine, I came across books/articles by critic Robin Wood that I really liked. Wood had been previously "straight" - or I should say straight-identified - but when he came out in the early 1970s, he began writing from a totally different philosophical perspective. One thing I came across was in a Film Comment back issue – an article titled "Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic" that I believe caused a little bit of a sensation back then. In case you’re curious, here it is . . .

by Anonymousreply 9008/09/2014

GREAT list r90

by Anonymousreply 9108/09/2014

R81, or any other folk here, have you read 'Fated Love' by Radclyffe?

Should i give it a try, or Radclyff is just a sensationalist and not really a writer?

by Anonymousreply 9208/09/2014

Read Sarah Waters "The Little Stranger" and thought about it for months, that usually does not happen, and read another one where the heroine is kidnapped and held at an old estate--forget the name--her books are so well written with clever twists and turns--betrayals--surprises--they should be indie films. Very good author.

what about the gay male writer who was a Hollywood hustler is the 60s and wrote several novels--some of 'em were great. I can't think of his name. John somebody? Someone on here knows who this is.

by Anonymousreply 9308/09/2014

R93, are you talking about John Rechy?

by Anonymousreply 9408/09/2014

Not high art but part remember the Gordon Merrick books? I remember reading them in the bookstore as a teenager. Some of the sex scenes were really well written.

Good times.. hard on in the 3rd aisle.

[quote]There are many, many " John M. Clums "out there with tenure and plenty of students and co-workers scratching their heads as to how it happened.[quote]

Do any academics here know what a tenured teacher has to do to get fired? I mean what are the behaviors that can get your ass fired even though you have tenure?

by Anonymousreply 9508/11/2014

tenure was created to protect teachers with unpopular ideas from getting fired as political backlash.

unfortunately, it often serves as a hideout for the mediocre.

Being a terrible writer and sloppy scholar {as in the case of John M. Clum and "something for the boys"] isn't grounds to dismiss a tenured prof.

On another note: Anyone know what the big fight Michael Cunningham had with Oprah was all about?

by Anonymousreply 9608/11/2014

r90 Wood is probably best known for his book "Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan".

He was a proponent of aesthetics and auteur theory - he wrote a great book on Hitchcock - before coming out as gay, at which point he took an increasingly political (Marx, Freud) stance in his criticism.

One of his former students at York U. in Toronto was gay film maker and porno hobbyist Bruce LaBruce.

Wood died in 2009, leaving behind a partner of over 30 years.

by Anonymousreply 9708/11/2014

I've been a huge fan of Robert Rodi's fiction, but his Cliff Notes style commentary on the books of Jane Austen ("Bitch in a Bonnet") I find impossible to put down. Currently 99 cents for the Kindle edition of Part One.

by Anonymousreply 9808/11/2014

r89, I read "Something for the Boys" and the experience was something like being trapped at Julius by a drunk old queen rambling incoherently about musical theater and injecting self serving tales of his own past.

As a sober old queen, I can tell you this is not an uncommon occurrence at Julius, but rarely is such a mess slapped between two covers by a publisher and called a book.

by Anonymousreply 9908/19/2014

As far as I can remember for the person who asked about Cunningham's fued with Oprah:

I believe Oprah wanted to feature one of his books in her Oprah book club. Most authors would be thrilled because of the revenue the mighty O's approval brings.

Cunningham apparently asked Oprah NOT to feature his book because they don't have "the same audience" or something insulting like that.

At least that is what I remember.

by Anonymousreply 10008/19/2014

Call Me By Your Name, passionate, erotic young love, beautiful writing by Andre Aciman.

2 novels in which the male protagonist unexpectedly finds love in prison: Don Carpenter's searing Hard Rain Falling and MJ Hyland's This is How.

Many of my favourite British novels have gay characters or couples (Iris Murdoch, for example, almost always) but I just came across Lord Dismiss Us, first love and aching longing in a sometimes hilariously drawn boy's boarding school) - a gem.

A Scarecrow's Bible, Martin Hyatt. Closeted Vietnam vet in a trailer somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Aching, sad, sometimes dips, but stayed with me.

One, Mississippi by Marc Childress. High school outsiders, one of them gay and increasingly dangerous; not great literature but a compulsive read.

Keith Banner's short stories. Plugged them here once before, but I repeat my recommendation particularly of The Smallest People Alive, his first collection. Raw, tender, small town gay life pieces.

And James Purdy, lord, lord. Yes, repetitive, but the man's prolific output provides some excuse; and his bizarre and unique voice (and obsessions) set him apart. Read A Shallow Grave, at least. A full collection of his short stories was just published. (Buy it! Anywhere but amazon - THEY HATE BOOKS. Read about what Bezos is doing to the publishing world, if you haven't already, and join the boycott!)

by Anonymousreply 10108/19/2014

I love the lists of R90 and R101 !

Regarding the Oprah scandal, I thought the only one who turned her down was Jonathan Franzen (btw, WEHT?); that's hysterical about Michael Cunningham! He was 100% spot-on of course.

by Anonymousreply 10208/20/2014

Since I loved Call Me by Your Name and liked A Scarecrow's Bible, R101, I've ordered One, Mississippi. I'll check out James Purdy, too. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 10308/20/2014

I wonder if I knew you when, R99.

by Anonymousreply 10408/20/2014

R101 here, so glad to hear you're checking out James Purdy, R103, he was an odd bird but some of his work is mesmerizing. About One, Mississippi – it's much less literary, and I hope the end doesn't make you wish you never read it ... I felt like I couldnt get into it without a major spoiler but it's controversial, some might say opportunistic and sensationalized. If that's a word :)

I wish there was a DL Book club. Interesting recommendations and observations on favourite books are one of the things that keep me coming back. I wonder if I start at one on tumbler if anyone would be interested?

by Anonymousreply 10509/02/2014

I've posted in another thread, but I can't help but shill (sue me). I'm a gay author and datalounge semi-regular who was recently published and I think you folks would like my book. It's called THE HOME FOR WAYWARD LADIES and it's a comedy about three gay friends who have recently moved to New York after they've graduated from conservatory. As they work to try to make it in the theater, they vow to keep their oath of friendship without letting dick get in the way (hint: dick always gets in the way). Check it out; it's available on amazon.

by Anonymousreply 10609/02/2014

Boys Like Us by Peter McGehee

by Anonymousreply 10709/02/2014

I finished The Lost Language of Cranes a couple of weeks ago. It was a downer, but I did enjoy it. I always appreciate when an author really brings his/her supporting cast to life. In this case, I was far more captivated by Jerene's story than the main plot. Her reunion with her grandmother was beautifully crafted.

I guess now I need to read something by Alan Hollinghurst.

by Anonymousreply 10810/05/2014

Surprised to not see this one mentioned here: While England Sleeps by David Leavitt, 1993. A friend sent it to me and I've just started reading it. Uses WWII as a backdrop for what is evidently a real tearjerker of a homo love story. So far it's pretty funny.

What I'd really like to read is one of those "first time" collections. Is there one that's particularly good?

by Anonymousreply 10910/05/2014
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