'Upstream: Selected Essays' by Mary Oliver

When Oliver closely observes the natural world, and thus enacts her maxim that “Attention is the beginning of devotion,” she deftly engages the reader with her detailed worldview… read more

'White Girls' by Hilton Als

Reading White Girls one comes smack up against the most unpleasant of truths: America is neither post-racial, post-queer, nor post-feminist…. read more

‘My 1980s and Other Essays’ by Wayne Koestenbaum

My 1980s and Other Essays is an incredibly timely hodge-podge of prose that expertly blends nostalgia-free self-reflections, reluctant bits of advice, and breathless love letters to idols literary, artistic, and musical[…]… read more

'Among the BloodPeople: Politics and Flesh' by Thomas Glave

Broken into chapters that seem disparate at first, Bloodpeople soon connects by focusing our attention on the body politic—the black, queer, Caribbean body; the black body on the periphery fighting for acceptance of its humanity and for its intense desire to survive and tell its story. … read more

Notes after Fifteen Viewings of 'The Fifth Element'

I suppose there are certainly more problematic films that I could have chosen to fall unabashedly in love with. Of course, that’s little comfort. I’m essentially saying that sometimes I want to look the other way, to pretend cultural oppression and enforcement aren’t an integral part of mainstream film…. read more

How The Dead Teach the Living: A Dying Reader's Guide

  “all day and night, music, a quiet, bright reedsong. If it fades, we fade.” -Rumi   The summer that I turned 20 I met Jack Kerouac. He didn’t meet me. Much time had passed, the earth wedged too firmly between us. I washed my car carefully in preparation, filled it with bright sunflowers, photographic… read more