This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

Is Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life this year’s definitive gay novel? In the Atlantic, writer Garth Greenwell argues that Yanagihara’s book is the ambitious gay literary novel that many critics have been longing for.

Vulture uses Yanagihara’s A Little Life as a jumping-off point to the question: Are “very long novels” in vogue, in sharp contrast to the oft-perceived distractibility and short attention span of our generation?

At Cannes, Rooney Mara–in an upset against co-star Cate Blanchett–tied for Best Actress for her performance in the lesbian-themed Patricia Highsmith adaptation Carol; Out has the first official clips from the film.

New York Magazine profiles Mac Malikowski’s new journal Mouthfeel, which takes the concept of “food porn” to a whole new level of literalness, juxtaposing beefcake men with culinary imagery. (Link NSFW.)

Brown Girl Dreaming author Jacqueline Woodson has yet another accolade to add to her growing list of them; the Poetry Foundation, in a biannual tradition, has named her the Young People’s Poet Laureate.

Words Without Borders, an organization devoted to translations of acclaimed international literature, has devoted the entirety of its most recent Pride issue to spotlight queer writing from around the world; Iceland, the former Czechoslovakia and China are represented.

In an interview with Vice, author David Sedaris opens up about his estranged sister’s suicide two years ago last month.

Prolific speculative fiction author Tanith Lee has passed away at the age of 67; Lambda Literary interviewed her back in 2010.

Out interviews Kevin Clarke on his studies of Charles Leslie’s SoHo-based collection of male-centric, historic homoerotic art.

Vulture has collected excerpts (with links) to when young poet John Ashbery was the New York Herald Tribune‘s art critic.

Robert Kirby of the Comics Journal recaps, in text and in photography, the inaugural Queers & Comics Conference at CUNY.

Autostraddle offers a nonfiction literary guide to the historical underground gay scene in most major U.S. metropolises.

Musician Frank Ocean is starting his own magazine, Boys Don’t Cry, and six editors have something to say to him about that.



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One Response to “The Ambitious ‘A Little Life,’ Queers & Comics, Frank Ocean’s New Magazine, and More LGBT News”

  1. 12 June 2015 at 3:52 PM #

    The interesting thing about A Little Life, is that it is matter of fact about it’s characters and the author Hanya Yanagihara, isn’t at all ‘surprised’ by any character in the book as being gay, straight or otherwise, she tells the story of Jude with great Empathy and Care. Yanagihara’s novel is actually a page turner, I was in no hurry to end it and was pleased that Mrs. Yanagihara didn’t cheat the reader at the end but kept the depth of her pages in at least some semblance of reality.

    Hard to do in a media infused society where brilliance is hidden under the thin skinned Culture of America.



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