Sean Strub: AIDS, History, and Survival

“I’m not buying into ‘we were all heroes’ and ‘we changed the world’ and all that stuff. That’s just too rah-rah and simplistic; we deserve a more nuanced understanding of those times and how it affected us, what motivated us then and what the outcomes are today.”… read more

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

Martin Duberman: History Lessons

“I think more gay people need to acknowledge that we have had a different experience growing up and therefore our relationships are somewhat different and our general stance on the world is much more ironic and anti-authoritarian than the mainstream…”

Noted writer and historian Martin Duberman took some time to talk with Lambda Literary about the history of the LGBT movement and the future of radical politics…. 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

4th Annual Rainbow Book Fair: Photo Gallery

The Fourth Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair took over the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center on Saturday, March 24th. It was an afternoon of literature, conversation, and inspired panel discussions…. read more

Edmund White: Invention, Imagination, and Memory

“…gays only make up about 3% of the population so we spend our whole lives ‘translating’ straight movies, books, ballets into gay terms and studying the heterosexuals around us—we know much more about them than they know about us, just as blacks know a lot about whites but whites know virtually nothing about blacks.” At… read more

'Elizabeth Taylor: A Passion for Life' by Joseph Papa

In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Big Daddy Pollitt says, “I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?” Elizabeth Taylor answers yes, again and again. Author Joseph Papa captures her fierce life force in Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life, The Wit and Wisdom… read more

'A Life Like Other People's' by Alan Bennett

In a memoir of his parents’ marriage, playwright and author Alan Bennett, 77, paints with words scenes from a time when individuals and families had purpose and place. Yet amidst formal English ways there are delicious forays into the subversive. Questions about his mother’s mental illness open the 242-page book and remain central to the… read more