After a month of constant movement, in which I read little more than half of what I had planned, I finally am settling into my new place, unpacking, and preparing to wrap up my summer reading.
American poet Henri Cole’s memoir of his life in Paris hybridizes text and image, poetry and prose, in order to paint a vivid and moving portrait of the city.
In Pierce the Skin, American poet Henri Cole explores the ways in which poetry might capture the interior life of the gay male subject, all the while reflecting upon the loneliness endemic to queer life and the restorative power of nature.
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George Chauncey’s Gay New York shatters the myth that before the 1960s gender variant people had never understood themselves as anything but gay men or lesbians trapped inside a closet of self-loathing.
Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy and earnestly engaging with the world in his first collection of nonfiction, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, which groups together sixteen personal essays that reflect upon his growth as an activist and a writer.