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'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara

What begins as an atmospheric bildungsroman set in a mythically ahistorical New York City morphs by slow degrees into a harrowing meditation on otherness and the redemptive possibilities of survival and friendship… read more

The Banal and the Profane: Shawn Syms

“Through fiction we are often trying to solve—or at least somehow address—the problems and contradictions that preoccupy us in real life. In crafting a novel about compulsive gambling and fetishistic sex, that’s definitely what I’m doing.”… read more

'Intimacy Idiot' by Isaac Oliver

The collection conveys how the author, alongside his fellow New York City denizens, both does and doesn’t connect with strangers in public or in bedrooms … read more

'This Life Now' by Michael Broder

“The past is a foreign country,” wrote novelist L. P. Hartley in 1953’s The Go-Between. “They do things differently there.” This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press), the debut collection from Lambda Literary Award finalist Michael Broder, foregrounds its narrator as the go-between for his current and past selves, to American decades where things were… read more

Gore Vidal: Devil with a Soul

In Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) author Michael Mewshaw reveals an individual as gorgeous as any of Vidal’s historical or fictional characters. His portrayal of Vidal is not a bouquet, yet it does reflect the love of a friendship lasting four decades. Mewshaw was in awe of… read more

‘Bad Kid’ by David Crabb

Crabb artfully mines the high drama of the goth/new-wave culture that sustained him during his hormone-fueled and drug-influenced teenage years for comedy… read more

'Dangerous When Wet' by Jamie Brickhouse

Dangerous When Wet is a fabulous new memoir about a man who has it all–a great job in publishing, a longtime boyfriend, fun friends and a caring family. But Brickhouse has some serious life challenges too, including addictions and HIV… read more