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“It used to be that if you told your parents that you were gay, they imagined you were living these aimless nights of danger. Now you tell your parents that you are gay, and they want to meet your boyfriend.”… read more
The book stretches broad enough to embrace many narratives, a compelling gay narrative among them… read more
“For me, I’m less interested in things that reflect the world and the familiar literature that I already know. I want things to take me into new zones.”… read more
“I’ll name Baldwin as my influence till the cows come home – I have – but people will not talk about my work in those terms.”… read more
“[…] write your truth however painful it is or may be. You have to do that in order to create a narrative that is honest and true to your art or your idea of art. Let the pain guide you.”
Author Danny M. Hoey Jr., took some time to talk to Lambda Literary about the intricacies of his debut novel, The Butterfly Lady, and the intersections between his professional academic life and his artistic ambitions…. read more
“I learn things when people write intelligently about my books. That’s what you want as a writer, you want to be taken seriously and you want to be read intelligently. You can learn from an intelligent review—not necessarily a ‘positive’ review.” Waiting for the Barbarians , the latest collection of essays by Daniel Mendelsohn, covers… read more
“There’s no question that I’ve always identified with a wide range of sexual desires.”
By now, John Irving trusts his audience to suspend its recognition of his set pieces—something like a regional stage director presenting a re-purposed backdrop. In his latest novel, In One Person, those mainstays —an absentee father, wrestling mats, “sexual outsiders”— are transformed through a shift in point of view and tone (less darkly comic, more serious). Moreover, this time out, someone in Irving’s world fesses up to harboring bisexual desires.
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“…I don’t want to try and boil down the book, but I just think there’s a whole kind of crazy spectrum of the way that men feel about each other and interact with each other that doesn’t often get described”
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach’s bestselling literary jock novel—named one of the NY Times’ “10 Best in 2011”— astutely maps the complicated and intense relationships of a set of baseball players at a fictional college campus.
Lambda Literary ambushes Harbach with questions on his novel’s tone, as ripe with homoeroticism as any locker room. And the author gamely replies.