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This week in the LGBT-themed arts:
Playwright Horizons is showcasing Robert O’Hara’s new play Bootycandy, a scathing and extremely politically incorrect satire focusing on the intersections of gay life and black culture, and featuring five versatile actors playing multiple roles.
Update: The New Yorker takes a trip through Afterwhiles, the Ossining, NY estate of the author John Cheever, with his daughter Susan. We earlier reported that the somewhat ramshackle house is on sale for the surprisingly low price of $450,000.
We Who Feel Differently Journal is devoting their Fall 2014 issue, “This is Not a Line,” to contemporary issues surrounding HIV/AIDS; the issue’s title is a riff on the René Magritte painting The Treachery of Images, which features the quote “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” (“This is not a pipe.”)
A diverse array of twenty-one artists, scholars, and professionals–among them Lambda Literary Award winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel Fun Home was recently adapted into a musical–have been awarded MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowships.
This coming Sunday, Sept. 21, sees the advent of this year’s annual Brooklyn Book Festival, New York City’s most prominent and esteemed free literary event.
This October, the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival will be held in New York City. The festival will showcase nine natives of the Asian city-state and five Singaporean-Americans, and include an LGBT-themed session, “The Politics of Love.”
September is National Suicide Prevention Month; Michael Carosone of the Huffington Post muses on the potential of LGBT representation in literature to stop gay teen suicides.
The Outhousers has posted an in-depth interview with artist Dale Lazarov, who independently publishes gay erotic comics.
Bob Crewe, the gay songwriter for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Patti LaBelle and other acts, passed away last week at 83; NPR has an appreciation.
The Cut compiles “The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History,” a list that stretches from 1765 (over half a century before Mary Shelley) all the way to the present.
A new Pew Research study suggests that, contrary to the popular belief that overall interest in literature is waning, youths are actually reading more than older generations.
Photo: Bootycandy via Playwrights Horizon