'The Kills' by Richard House

Mistakes come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like the one Rem Gunnersen makes when he kidnaps a customer’s dog in a wrongheaded act of revenge, are small—relatively speaking. Others, like the United States’ military involvement in Iraq, are huge; they’re global in scope. Richard House’s novel The Kills is a chronicle of such mistakes… read more

'Bitter Eden' by Tatamkhulu Afrika

Novels about war, like novels about all-boys schools, are usually as much about male bonding as they are about war or growing up. In this regard, Tatamkhulu Afrika’s Bitter Eden, which is set in a series of WWII POW camps, fits the mold…. 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

'Humiliation' by Wayne Koestenbaum

That Wayne Koestenbaum is a formidable talent is evident within the first few pages of his short book of literary criticism,Humiliation (Picador). In it, Koestenbaum thinks through the concept of humiliation in many different contexts, personal and political. What emerges is a poetic and often profound theoretical work of both academic and cultural import…. read more

Jackie Kay: Living Inside a Story

“In a curious way, we are what we read, much more than we are what we eat.” Scottish author Jackie Kay won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her novel Trumpet(Picador), based on the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, born Dorothy Tipton, who lived as a man for most of his life. She is… read more

New In January: Toibin, Levithan & Rich

How beautiful the turning of the year! If, like many of us, you made a resolution to read more books this year, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got tons of new tomes. Radclyffe and Richard Labonté kick off 2011 with new Best Romance anthologies both from Cleis Press. Meanwhile, the king of… read more