What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell Farrar, Straus and Giroux 208 pages, $23. GARTH GREENWELL is a poet and beginning novelist whose critically acclaimed novella Mitko came out in 2011. Psychologically penetrating and emotionally searing, Mitko is a taut portrait of the relationship between the book’s title character, a Bulgarian hustler, and […]
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MARKING the 25th anniversary of the publication of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s strange and difficult book The Epistemology of the Closet (1990) is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Let me try in a rather personal way. My first encounter with Sedgwick’s magnum opus occurred when I began researching my honors thesis. […]
Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT October 17, 2015–January 24, 2016 Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls Edited by Patricia Hickson Yale University Press. 184 pages, $60. THE FIRST exhibition ever to consider Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe together—their careers overlapped from the late 1960s to the […]
Those People Directed by Joey Kuhn Little Big Horn Films INDIE FILMS work as a rule because they probe a single theme: a slice of one person’s life; a snapshot of a relationship. They can’t get too complicated—budgetary restrictions see to that— but they’ll explore this central idea from all possible angles. Those […]
Love’s Refraction: Jealousy and Compersion in Queer Women’s Polyamorous Relationships by Jillian Deri University of Toronto Press. 168 pages, $21.95 JILLIAN DERI introduces this book by explaining that “for my research, I spoke with polyamorous queer, lesbian, and bisexual women in Vancouver, Canada, about how and why they practise polyamory.” Specifically, the interview subjects […]
Alice in Bed: A Novel by Judith Hooper Counterpoint Press 322 pages, $25. ALICE JAMES, the youngest sibling in an eccentric but brilliant family, was as an adult an invalid and a diarist. Her father was a suicidal, one-legged theologian, lecturer, and author of self-published books that no one bought. The family was […]
On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks Alfred A. Knopf. 397 pages, $27.95 IN THE MIDDLE of this richly detailed autobiography, published just four months before his death last August, Oliver Sacks tells a story about himself and a cat. In 1979, he bought a house on City Island, a small seaport […]
Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison St. Martin’s Press. 384 pages, $29.99 VITA SACKVILLE-WEST rode the dragons of her life, as Matthew Dennison remarks in his new biography, with the aplomb of a “disposessed aristocrat in the twentieth century.” Several biographers have attempted to tell the story of Vita […]
The Obelisk and the Englishman: The Pioneering Discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes by Dorothy U. Seyler Prometheus Books. 304 pages, $26. BY THE TIME I finished this book I had come to the conclusion that the subtitle was somewhat misleading. The middle— and largest—section does describe William Bankes’ 1815–20 travels through Egypt and the […]
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.