The Neurotic Professor: Gift Guide

Professors love to read what other professors are writing. They also like books that win big shiny awards. Here are 10 books that meet that criteria. Remember students: giving your professor a brand new expensive biography could make the difference between an A- and an A. Trust us…. read more

Queering NYTimes' 100 Notable Books

The Times’ epic 100 Notable Books list was published online last week and the list includes both surprises and snubs. Patti Smith’s Just Kids—which just won the National Book Award—is not among the official 100, but the memoir does appear in Janet Maslin’s editor’s picks, along with Wendy K. Moffat’s A Great Unrecorded History: A… read more

Sam Steward: Scholar & Pornographer

Samuel Steward is a little known ancestor but one worth knowing. Not as the crazy uncle in the attic but the strong headed gay cousin a friend of Alice B. Toklas until her death and a keeper of a stud file of all his sexual encounters. After teaching popular English classes for twenty years, Steward became… read more

Justin Spring allies with Borders on World AIDS Day

Secret Historian Signing Benefits Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV CHICAGO—Justin Spring will be signing copies of his biography, Secret Historian (FSG) on Wednesday, December 1, at 7 PM at the Lincoln Park Borders in Chicago (2817 N. Clark Street). The signing is part of December One at Borders, a series of special events at stores nationwide to commemorate World… read more

Patti Smith wins National Book Award

As you’ve already read, singer-songwriter, poet, and now author, Patti Smith, walked away with the National Book Award earlier this week for her memoir, Just Kids (Ecco). Read Reginald Harris’ review of Just Kids here. The full list of finalists and winners below…. read more

Justin Spring and Honor Moore [Video]

Justin Spring, just nominated for a National Book Award for his seminal biography, The Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade with poet and biographer, Honor Moore at the New York Public Library, on September 29, 2010. Listen to a podcast of the conversation, and check out the… read more

Justin Spring's Obscene Biography

Too controversial for Vanity Fair? Secret Historian may be the Big Gay Book of 2010. Justin Spring’s Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward is shaping up to be The Big Gay Book of 2010. It’s not often that a tome this scholarly contains so much sex and sadness. But that’s what makes… read more

'Secret Historian' By Justin Spring

While I may not remember my first encounter with Phil Andros, I do know the one that made the strongest impression on me occurred in the bathroom of a friend’s house in New Jersey: There I discovered a copy of The Boys in Blue, Andros’ tale of cops on the make in 1970’s San Francisco—he… read more

New LGBT Books for June

UPDATED: LGBT Pride Month brings with it a whole host of new books, including memoirs by a gay icon, John Waters, and a not-so-gay icon, Christopher Hitchens, who nevertheless candidly explains exactly what went on at night in his all-boys boarding school in Cambridge. Hitchens’s book, Hitch-22, though not as queer-centric as most of these… read more