Gay science fiction/horror seems to be a trend of mine lately. My book for the month of July is Augur of Shadows by Jacob Rundle. It is Book One in the Destined series. Jacob John Rundle was born in 1985, in Galesburg, IL. He attended Knox College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Language and Literature. He served eight years in the United States … [Read more...] about Book of the Month: Augur of Shadows
Deb Jannerson. The Women of Dauphine. Nine Star Press, 2019. 221 pages The Women of Dauphine is New Orleans poet and essayist Deb Jannerson’s debut novel, and while it is aimed at young adults, it is not an easy or comfortable read. It is perhaps better to say this is a necessarily uncomfortable read. At the heart of the story is lesbian ghost … [Read more...] about The Women of Dauphine
The Stonewall Reader Edited by the New York Public Library 336 pp. Penguin Classics There are already a great many books on the subject of the Stonewall uprising. Perhaps the best-known and most widely-read are those by Martin Duberman and David Carter, but many others have been published in recent years. With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the events, it was … [Read more...] about Book Review: The Stonewall Reader
The Drama of Celebrity. Sharon Marcus. Princeton University Press, 2019. 328 pages. The Drama of Celebrity by Sharon Marcus, the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is a must read for anyone interested in an intellectual understanding of how celebrity works. Why do so many people care so much about … [Read more...] about Book Review: Brown White Black
Jimmy Neurosis. James Oseland. Ecco, 2019. ISBN: 978-0062267368. 293 pages. Long before James Oseland was a judge on Top Chef Masters, he was a teenage rebel growing up in the pre–Silicon Valley suburbs, yearning for a taste of something wild. Diving headfirst into the churning mayhem of the punk movement, he renamed himself Jimmy Neurosis and embarked on a journey into a … [Read more...] about Jimmy Neurosis
Out For Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice. Clayton Delery. Exposit, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4766-6884-0. 220 pages. A year and a half ago I received in my inbox what at first glance appeared to be a spam email. Upon closer inspection the subject line said Rios murder / Ambush article. I opened the message and was astonished at what … [Read more...] about Out For Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice by Clayton Delery
The Pox Lover is a personal history of the turbulent 1990s in New York City and Paris by a pioneering American AIDS journalist, lesbian activist, and daughter of French-Haitian elites. In an account that is by turns searing, hectic, and funny, Anne-christine d’Adesky remembers “the poxed generation” of AIDS—their lives, their battles, and their determination to find love and … [Read more...] about The Pox Lover – An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris by Anne-Christine d’Adesky
An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward. Caroline Gerdes. Pelican Publishing Co., 2017. ISBN: 9781455622634. 192 pages. One of the inadvertent legacies of Hurricane Katrina was to give the 9th Ward of New Orleans a certain cultural cache in the national imagination. Prior to the storm, most people had never heard of the neighborhood and it was certainly not on … [Read more...] about An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward by Caroline Gerdes.
Cityscapes of New Orleans. Richard Campanella. LSU Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8071-6833-2. 400 pages. Local Tulane Professor Richard Campanella’s latest offering is especially appropriate given the city of New Orleans is celebrating its 300th birthday. Cityscapes of New Orleans is a collection of 77 previous published articles on a variety of topics ranging from vice … [Read more...] about Cityscapes of New Orleans
The Inheritance of Shame. Peter Gajdics. Brown Paper Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-941932-08-7. 355 pages. $17.99. Unfortunately, a book about surviving conversion therapy is still necessary. Author Peter Gajdics spent six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British … [Read more...] about The Inheritance of Shame by Peter Gajdics.