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Curious and Curiouser

Curious and Curiouser

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” So joked Woody Allen back in the day. That was almost as glib as Mike Nichols’ similarly “classic” quip that “homosexuality used to be the ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ — and now it won’t shut up.” These […]

The Lessons of Loneliness

The Lessons of Loneliness

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Abdellah Taïa, the gay Moroccan writer who lives in Paris, will be in Brooklyn on April 10 to do a reading at the main branch of the Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. The event, co-sponsored by the Belladonna* Collaborative and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop with additional support from Seven […]

A Sterling Debut Novel

A Sterling Debut Novel

BY DAVID NOH | “Say My Name” is an extraordinary first novel by Allegra Huston, which spins the tale of Eve, a garden designer, trapped in a dead marriage but revivified by a passionate affair with the much younger Micajah, the son of an old flame. A luminous sensitivity, sage emotionalism, and a true descriptive […]

Legacy of the Unspeakable

Legacy of the Unspeakable

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay novelist Alan Hollinghurst, who won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for “The Line of Beauty,” will appear at the 92nd Street Y on March 29 at 8 p.m. in support of his new novel, “The Sparsholt Affair.” The book opens in the 1940s at Oxford, where three male […]

A Great Comic and a Good Man

A Great Comic and a Good Man

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | A poster with a large color picture of Bob Smith stood on the landing as guests headed downstairs at Carolines. “Sorry for your loss” from the staffer was followed by the realization that, damn, Bob Smith was a good-looking guy. Smith, 59, died after a 10-year, full-tilt battle with ALS, long known […]

PEN American Center Fêtes Edmund White

PEN American Center Fêtes Edmund White

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | At its annual awards ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center on February 20, pioneering gay author Edmund White accepted the PEN American Center’s 2018 Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. The award, which was announced on February 8, comes with a $25,000 stipend and is given each year to “a […]

Reading Mark Merlis With Affection

Reading Mark Merlis With Affection

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a warm gathering of colleagues, admirers, friends, and family of Mark Merlis, the late novelist was recalled as a writer of “impeccable” “voice, details, and language,” a blunt-spoken but generous mentor, and a “humble person” who — making his living as a health policy expert — shunned attention from his social […]

A Step Away from Touche

A Step Away from Touche

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | John Latouche was just 41 years old in 1956 when he was felled by a massive coronary. But according to his friend composer Ned Rorem, “Since he had lived three lives in one, wasn’t he really 123 years old when he disappeared forever?” Howard Pollack’s “The Ballad of John Latouche; An American […]

A Tribute to Mark Merlis

A Tribute to Mark Merlis

On December 12, as part of the LGBT Community Center’s Second Tuesday Lecture Series, an esteemed group of gay writers will pay tribute to Mark Merlis, an award-winning novelist (“American Studies,” “An Arrow’s Flight,” “Man About Town,” “JD”) who was recognized as a modern gay master. Merlis died in August at the age of 67 […]

All About Andy

All About Andy

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “I liked Andy immediately because I felt he was very accessible,” Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni recently said as she was promoting her new book “After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land,” according to a profile in Vanity Fair. “Andy had an extraordinary magnetism. He was kind of an amoeba or Zelig-like. When people say he […]

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