The Ridiculous Theatre Company allowed Ludlam free rein to write, perform in, and direct a series of dazzling, perverse, non-naturalistic comic pieces. His intent was to counter the humorless accounts of gay men’s marginal, miserable lives that had dominated American theater.
Author Archive | Richard Canning
Mark Merlis—author of four groundbreaking gay novels – died on August 15th 2017 in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital. The cause of death was pneumonia, related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which he had been diagnosed with just a year ago. Aged 67, Merlis is survived by his life partner – and since […]
Lane’s performance in this production is simply jaw-dropping. Kushner’s pleasure in writing such a dark character is evident: he gave Cohn a lot of the best lines.
Cecil Dreeme is remarkable, compelling, and utterly unclassifiable.
THE PERIOD loosely called “gay liberation” is invariably thought of as falling somewhere between the buttoned-up climate of the 1950s and the emergence of AIDS in the ’80s, but for Jim Downs and many others, it ultimately comes down to the ’70s.
Cassandra Langer’s biography of Romaine Brooks ultimately builds on, rather than displaces, the 1974 biography of Brooks by Meryle Secrest, Between Me and Life, to which it rather frequently makes reference.
James Merrill: Life and Art by Langdon Hammer Knopf. 912 pages, $40. JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995) was that rare breed: a 20th-century poet who had money. His father had founded Merrill Lynch and provided a lifelong income for his son. Merrill had extraordinary talent too, and, if this marvelous, comprehensive critical biography showcases every […]
THIS BOOK is a bona fide curiosity—a volume of 125 short surveys of major, minor, and often totally neglected works of British, Irish, and Commonwealth gay male fiction.
The Plaster Fabric by Martyn Goff Valancourt Books. 200 pages, $16.99 The Youngest Director by Martyn Goff Valancourt Books. 218 pages, $15.99 A Room in Chelsea Square by Michael Nelson Valancourt Books. 164 pages, $15.99 The Leather Boys by Gillian Freeman Valancourt Books. 155 pages, $14.99 Denis Bracknel by Forrest Reid Valancourt Books. 226 pages, […]
The Homoerotics of Orientalism by Joseph Allen Boone Columbia University Press 520 pages, $50. ONCE EVERY DECADE or so, a book appears that revolutionizes the field of GLBT studies. For many critics, Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality may have been that title in the 1970s. John Boswell’s Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality […]