'Blue Stranger With Mosaic Background' by Wayne Koestenbaum

I recently attended a taping of Oprah Winfrey’s “Lifeclass” with Deepak Chopra and Perez Hilton—who, swears he’s enlightened now—at Radio City Music Hall. Oprah’s adoring fans took notes in spiral notebooks and on their iPads. I appreciated Oprah & co.’s attempts to heal but I wasn’t quite connecting with the collective euphoria. Chopra noted something… read more

Wayne Koestenbaum: The Horror and Fascination of Humiliation

“If you stumble upon negative comments concerning your body or your personality, remember that the online universe equalizes every utterance, and that negative or humiliating comments concerning your body or your personality weigh no more than a feather. Imagine the feather blowing away.”

Poet, critic, and author Wayne Koestenbaum took some time to talk with Lambda about the process of writing about humiliation, Harpo Marx, and how poetry informs his cultural criticism…. read more