Canonizing AIDS History: What Will We Learn?

History should always trump nostalgia because “nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” Whoever first said these words—baseball icon Yogi Berra, French actress Simone Signoret, or New Yorker magazine writer Peter De Vries—they apply to the history of AIDS activism…. read more

'The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words' edited by Vince Emery

With the publication of The Harvey Milk Interviews, editor Vince Emery humanizes the slain politician, allowing Milk’s own words to temper the hagiography advanced by Randy Shilts’s The Mayor Of Castro Street, as well as the subsequent documentary that brought Milk to a wider audience…. read more

Christopher Bram: Charting the Outlaws

“I would find a story thread, follow it, see where it would lead me, often to another thread and then another and another. I did not have to make up the funny lines. My subjects provided me with the best lines…”

Christopher Bram’s newest book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, covers a 50-year period and deliciously fills in details on the lives of a dozen gay writers who changed the fabric of our culture.

Bram took some time to talk with Lambda Literary about his new book, the publishing industry, and the state of literary fiction. … read more

'Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life' by Vivian Gornick

In Emma Goldman’s day, as in ours, many on the Left saw issues of sexuality, happiness, and what we might generally call the “personal” as peripheral to the class struggle. Yet Goldman herself demurred. She elucidated an anarchism that was a personal as well as a political platform, and, as the subtitle to Vivian Gornick’s book suggests, she lived it out in practice…. read more