'The Weather in Proust' By Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

The Weather in Proust is a collection of nine essays, five of which were intended to become part of a book on Proust and an additional four that encompass Sedgwick’s three decades of queer scholarship…. read more

Jack Halberstam: Queers Create Better Models of Success

In September 2011, Duke University published Jack Halberstam’s most recent book, The Queer Art of Failure, a fascinating examination of how “we conceive of the idea of failure in our society, not so that we may correct ourselves, but so that we may see how our various ‘failures’ may actually produce a preferable alternative to conformist lifestyles and the status quo.”

Sinclair Sexsmith sat down with Halberstam to talk pronouns, Occupy Wall Street, queer parenting, gay marriage, academics, butch identity, and the queer art of failure…. read more

'Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader' by Gayle S. Rubin

Through Rubin’s essays, readers will gain insight into the tenuous transition from second to third wave feminism, the pre-history and birth of queer theory, and the emergence of LGBT cultural studies from the margins of society to a legitimate field of academic and institutional research. … read more

‘The Queer Art of Failure’ by Judith Jack Halberstam

The Queer Art of Failure re-examines how we conceive of the idea of failure in our society, not so that we may correct ourselves, but so that we may see how our various “failures” may actually produce a preferable alternative to conformist lifestyles and the status quo…. read more

'The Promise of Happiness' by Sarah Ahmed

Who wouldn’t want to be happy? Beyond that, who would think to question happiness as a universal goal? In The Promise of Happiness (Duke University Press), Sarah Ahmed does just that. She unpacks the way that certain lives and object choices are associated with happiness or unhappiness, observing that happiness (or the desire for it)… read more

'A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness' by Cherríe Moraga

Xicana* writer Cherríe Moraga’s latest collection of prose and poetry covers a lot of thematic ground. Moraga has always viewed and written about the world with a critic’s sharp eye, and the analysis in her latest book extends from the political to the personal: from 9/11 and the election of Barack Obama to her feelings… read more

'Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare'

There’s no shortage of potentially queer content in the Shakespearean canon: cross-dressing, fairies, illicit desire and incomprehensible families. It’s surprising that more queer theorists have not pursued Shakespeare’s queer possibilities, leaving him to the Elizabethan scholars and historians. A new anthology, Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke University Press) rectifies… read more

New in March: Bachardy, Vidal, Jansson

& Books Not Found Anywhere Else Compiling this list every month is bar none my most challenging duty. Gathering a list of LGBT books published every month isn’t as easy as it seems. Pub dates change. Genres evolve. Authors come out. However, this is perhaps one of the most important jobs I get to do…. read more

New in February UPDATED

“Make It Be Spring!” Here’s a list of new LGBT-relevant books to help us cope with the impending winter storms. From Homo Thugs to Shakesqueer, we’ve got it all. Kelley Eskridge‘s acclaimed novel, Solitaire (Small Beer), was reissued late last month and we hope to bring you a Q&A soon. Reality TV-show star Tabatha Coffey has… read more

'Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories' by Elizabeth Freeman

A professor of English, Elizabeth Freeman sets her literary sights on the overlaps and continuities between sexual and temporal dissidence. Despite the queer academy’s distance from corporeality and the promotion of more transcendental approaches to historiography, Freeman boldly outlines history as an erotic, embodied experience. With her feet firmly rooted in visual and literary references,… read more