This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

The Guardian has a readers’ list of the most disturbing contemporary novels; classics by Burroughs and Easton Ellis are part of the tally.

The New York Review of Books is publishing the first complete edition, a century and a half in the making, of Walt Whitman’s collection of Civil War poetry Drum-Taps, from which some poems were taken, revised and inserted into Leaves of Grass.

Netflix is reuniting 9 to 5 costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for its new web series Grace and Frankie, a comedy in which the two title characters are stunned to discover that their husbands are gay and going out.

Bleeding Cool News talks with gay cartoonist Ed Luce about his sexy, yet incredibly humane, collection Wuvable OafReleased this month, the collection assembles “the first five years of his wildly entertaining comic.”

Literary Hub interviews the employees and patrons of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore, a landmark in the history of American literary fiction and poetry, and offer their recommendations of the best reads to find there.

Flavorwire proposes ten classic works of LGBT literature that, in their opinion, ought to be on every school reading list in the nation. Classics by Woolf and Baldwin sit aside more provocative choices from Genet and Eugenides.

A Wider Bridge profiles ten Israeli lesbian artists and political figures with active, multilingual social media platforms (links provided). Among them is Yael Deckelbaum, whose music has been featured on The L Word.

The Black Youth Project offers thirteen potential representatives for the next generation of black queer fiction and poetry.

Belo Miguel Cipriani, author of the memoir Blind, writes on the stigma he faces for his blindness, even in the LGBT community.

In season with the Lammys, the Bi Writers Association has announced the nominees for its third annual Bisexual Book Awards.

Texas A&M University’s Cushing Library is hosting an exhibit of Don Kelly‘s vast collection of rare, resurrected LGBT literature.

Legendary New York artist/writer Patti Smith is writing a new memoir.



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