'Great Pleasures' by Edward Southgate

 Author Edward Southgate, in the very readable Great Pleasures, gives us a snapshot of a man, in the thrall of youth, grappling with growing older…. read more

‘The Padisah’s Son and the Fox’ by Alex Jeffers

Winner of the Lambda Award for Gay Erotica 2014 In the 1978 Oliver Stone film Midnight Express, a young American is sent to a prison in Turkey for attempting to smuggle hashish out of the country. I was thinking again about this dark movie as I was reading The Padisah’s Son and the Fox, a… read more

Where are Joe Buck and Ratso Rizzo?

I still recall prowling the stacks of the Epiphany branch of the New York Public Library on East 23rd Street, as I usually did, and seeing a book cover which for some curious reason attracted my attention. It was the corny drawing of a lanky cowboy wearing a cowboy hat and holding a transistor radio… read more

Remembering 'Variety Photoplays'

In the late 1960s, I was in the 8th Street Bookstore looking at a copy of Variety Photoplays by Edward Field, a poet who was well known for his earlier work Stand Up, Friend, With Me. In the wintry, crowded bookstore I noticed a man looking at me and curiously smiling. But hell, this was… read more

Lambda Finalists gather in NYC

Last week 14 Lambda Award finalists gathered in New York’s GLBT Center to read their work in advance of the Lambda Awards in May. The evening kicked off with a refreshing if not playful ballad from Blue Boy author, Rakesh Satyal who performed an original song, “Hello Lammy” sung to the tune of “Hello Dolly.”… read more