Andrew Holleran, the author most notably of Dancer From the Dance, has a story in the latest issue of Granta, and while new work by a major gay writer is always a cause for celebration,
I know I asked this before, but I thought hmm maybe I should rephrase my question.
And I don’t mean romance like the notebook or graphic “romance”. I mean like 2 guys maybe in high school trying to hide they’re dating because one isn’t out yet etc. The typical “gay” cliche haha
Tale of Two Summers, Brian Sloan
Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club:
My favorite LGBT book published in 2013 is Clay by David Groff. This slender volume of poems is relentless, romantic, brutal, nostalgic, painful, hot, surprising, and incredibly moving. The past and presence of HIV and AIDS run through this very contemporary collection. I’m lucky enough to be friends with David and with Clay, the subject of many of the poems. But the appeal of this book goes way beyond the personal. This is a book for right now that I believe last the test of time.
For LGBT Month: excellent reads from Open Road Media
I read, too, you know.
I read Nebraska by George Whitmore in sips one week. The book begins with a boy on one leg. Continues through his months moored to a bed. His uncle slides back into town from the military. Queerness limns the lips of the story. The boy with one leg damns his uncle something unspeakable. Years later, the boy tries to face the lies he told about his uncle. He performs a twisted act of grace, an unsolicited helping hand.
If I believe anything, I believe it’s the reader’s duty when moved by a story to tell the writer of the story. I didn’t know anything about Whitmore. Now I know he died over 20 years ago. I can’t tell him, so I tell you. There’s poetry in the writing of this story. Poetry like I haven’t seen anywhere else. Nebraska should be a classic.
In honor of National Coming Out Day, discover ten classic books to bolster any and all self-exploration.