'Hide' by Matthew Griffin

Hide is an exceedingly tough and emotionally wrenching book. Griffin’s writing is, however, simply beautiful… read more

'The Collected Plays of Mart Crowley' by Mart Crowley

Lambda Award Winner Allow me, dear readers (and especially those who are librarians), a moment of confession and contrition. Back in the early 1980s, when I was a young and not-quite-out gay man living and attending high school in the small, overwhelmingly Catholic Cajun town of New Iberia, Louisiana, I depended on the Iberia Parish… read more

'The Screwball Asses' by Guy Hocquenghem

As a self-professed queer theorist and pop culture aficionado, I will be the first to admit that I see queerness in everything. While this certainly comes in handy for generating articles and essays (something I also freely admit to loving to do), it’s also exceedingly hard to “turn off” when I’m trying to unwind and… read more

'The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America' by Margot Canaday

Lambda Award Winner For the vast majority of Americans, citizenship is something ultimately taken for granted, an inevitable “gimme” that—along with death, taxes, and complaining about the government—clearly defines what and who constitutes “real Americans.” However, this supposedly clear definition of citizenship is sketched along strictly delimited lines of “us versus them” (with “us” defined… read more

'Unfriendly Fire' by Nathaniel Frank

Lambda Award Finalist How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America To put it bluntly, members of today’s American military—whether on the home front or serving abroad—are quite literally living under the gun. They face persistent hostility, risking life and limb on a daily basis, and strive to do their job in spite… read more

'The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet' by Myrlin A. Hermes

Lambda Literary Award Finalist First off, a confession: although I love Shakespeare and consider myself an avid Shakespearean scholar and reader, Hamlet has always been one of my least favorite Shakespeare plays. After all, it lacks the lusty bloodletting of Macbeth, the utterly tragic pathos of King Lear, or the gender bending sexual dissidence of… read more

'Sweet Tea' by E. Patrick Johnson

Time and again, Southerners seem to be confronted with the same admonition and questioning curiosity voiced by Shreve to Quentin in William Faulkner’s magisterial Absalom, Absalom! Shreve, a Northerner, demands of Quentin to “Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live… read more

Family Bible: Melissa J. Delbridge

Here’s a test. Pick up and start paging through just about any book written by a Southerner. Chances are quite good that, before long, you’ll start to notice a terrain populated by quirky, eccentric, offbeat, and sometimes downright queer characters. This is, of course, the South, where things move a bit slower, people are generally… read more