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Author Archive | Rosemary Booth

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Reviews of Writers Who Love Too Much; David Bowie Made Me Gay; Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture; and Our Horses, Ourselves.

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Alison Bechdel Comes of Age

IF THEATER IS a temporary rearrangement of life to spark discovery, the musical Fun Home, adapted from cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir of the same name, exceeds requirements, not only yielding insights but whipping up exuberance out of anguished chaos in the process.

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What Makes a Culture Tolerant?

What accounts for the range of differences in acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout the world?

In Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality, sociologist Amy Adamczyk has woven an impressive tapestry of nuanced answers to this urgent and complex question.

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Fun Home, the Musical, Opens in Boston

IF THEATER is a temporary rearrangement of life to spark discovery, the musical Fun Home—the touring Broadway production is currently playing at the Boston Opera House—exceeds requirements, not only yielding insights but whipping up exuberance out of anguished chaos in the process.

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Do-Over

The New Old Me is animated by humorous takes on L.A., like the obsession with exercise. Maran describes L.A. workouts as wildly more intense than those of the Bay Area. In her old Berkeley gym, “the first drop of sweat was my signal to stop, sit down, and have a cold drink,” …

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The Taxidermy of Short Fiction

Dave Madden, in his late thirties, holds a doctorate in creative writing and teaches at the University of San Francisco. His work to date has been nonfiction, and it has won critical acclaim.

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Out amid The Troubles

  Tender: A Novel by Belinda McKeon Little, Brown and Co. 416 pages, $27.   IRELAND has changed dramatically over the past half-century. Ragged gypsies aren’t huddled with barefoot children on the bridges over Dublin’s Liffey River, begging for alms—a common sight in the late 1960s. The low-level but savage sectarian war over Northern Ireland […]

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Not Speaking Its Name

  Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond Edited by Evelyn Louise Crawford & MaryLouise Patterson University of California Press. 440 pages, $27.95     THROUGHOUT his prolific career Langston Hughes addressed volatile issues of racism, poverty, and war. Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare […]

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Sappho Transfigured

IT SEEMS everyone’s boarding the Sappho boat these days, eager to travel with the ancient poet and tell the world who she was. One person well qualified to be Sappho’s herald and interpreter is singer, songwriter, and musician Jeri Hilderley, who pays homage to the poet with a stirring new CD, Time Traveling with Sappho.

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The Radicalization of Langston Hughes

Selected Letters has assembled a finely textured account of this beloved, productive writer who stayed connected with everyone but kept his own counsel and, in the face of daunting obstacles, endured.

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