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When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Here's my take on Sedaris, or maybe my take on Sedaris before I listened to this book: Naked is easily his best work because it's his most thorough, ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
Wonder Boys
For a straight man, Chabon is very gay friendly. I know there's been stuff written, possibly by Chabon himself, about early gay liaisons he undertook, ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Crying of Lot 49
I'm if anything a fussy writer. The sort of guy who prefers to come up with excuses why all the factors surrounding the writing of some story or chapt ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Midnight's Children
An important novel. Rushdie's narcissistic narrator, Saleem Sinai, achieves this narcissism from being the first child born on the day India won its i ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 12, 2008
As a quick game take a moment to think of the most vile and perverse sex act you can. Really, push yourself. That sex act is in this novel somewhere.

Mar 18, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
Forbidden Colors
For those who don't know, Yukio Mishima is one of Japan's most-revered writers of the 20th century. He committed suicide in 1970 that tragic and noble ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
I had a friend back in Pittsburgh who was incredibly smart and very kind and funny, but had a tendency toward literary snobbishness. (I know: can you ...more
Oct 19, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
Pale Fire
A novel in the form of a work of criticism. After the death of the renowned poet John Shade, his neighbor and colleague Charles Kinbote gets hold of t ...more
Jun 27, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
A novel written as theme-and-variations, in line with the musical genre. In seven parts, Kundera (as a very present, questioning narrator) posits vari ...more
May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
Wise Blood
I like Flannery O'Connor, but I don't love her. This is a problem, I know, because if one reads half as obsessively as I do the words of other writers ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
Bastard Out of Carolina
One thing I know for sure is that Bastard out of Carolina is, in the end, a very conservative book. Its focus is on the family. Ruth Anne Boatwright i ...more
Nov 06, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
Cloud Atlas
This book can be called a matryoshka novel, delivering six compelling stories in six different locales and time periods, all accordion-folded into one ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 18, 2007
The Farming of Bones
A diasporic novel in line with Coetzee's The Life and Times of Michael K and McCarthy's The Road. Which is to say, it follows people trying to escape ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
Dorian: An Imitation
Self's title here works two ways. His Dorian is an imitation of Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, and Self's Dorian Gray, which is to say his hero, is ...more
Sep 22, 2008
Sep 24, 2008
The Spell
Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, which won the 2004 Booker, may be one of the best novels I've read, among those novels in the Forsterian/Jamesian t ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature
More of a series of profiles and reviews of gay male and female authors than a cohesive study of gay literature, this collection of essays is still a ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
**spoiler alert** Right from his choice of a title, Larry Kramer—one of the founders of AIDS activist group ACT-UP and still today a vocal, vehement c ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Here They Come
Very early on in this book, its narrator—a preteen girl of unspecific age—confesses to saying "fuck" a lot: "I curse all the time, or maybe it's just ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 26, 2007
They All Seemed Asleep
This chapbook was described to me as "an action-adventure story about a homosexual uprising and some shadowy militant figure named The Cat." That's wh ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
I thought this book would be light and breezy, probably because of ill-informed notions I had of Smiley as a writer (I guess I placed her near Anne Ty ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 05, 2009
Angels in America:  A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Angels in America is seven hours long. You need to break the two parts up over the course of a weekend, probably. And it might be the first and it mig ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Kite Runner
For a better review than this one, scroll down to Linda's.

Really boring and sentimental, with dull language almost throughout: "All my life, I'd been
Jul 06, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
I had some mixed reactions to the this book, a memoir of growing up with a closeted father. I thought at times she pushed so hard to connect the going ...more
Nov 05, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Told in three parts, it tells the story of Briony Tallis, an eleven- or twelve-year-old girl who writes stories of princesses and heroism, and how one ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 31, 2007
The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture
The central claim of this book is that since Stonewall, whatever it is that has formed and shaped gay culture has transformed. Well, of course; such a ...more
Jun 05, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
The Braindead Megaphone
I want to be careful with this review and revise it a lot, mostly because of the metaphor Saunders titles his book of essays after: a general loudness ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
How Fiction Works
I write realist fiction.

Lots of times I'm able to hold onto this as a source of pride, in that I "believe in" realism and what it can accomplish—what
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
**spoiler alert** How did Sethe's baby die? As soon as the novel opens we know she and her daughter Denver are haunted by a ghost and that this ghost ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Jungle Portraits
Delia keeps hunting stories to a minimum here, and instead tries to make her 1930s reader feel the wealth of exotica that Africa has to offer. Or at l ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
Antigay: Homosexuality and Its Discontents
There are a good amount of crappy and useless essays in this book (usually the more personal/memoiristic tended to be the more worthless), but there w ...more
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
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