Queer city contains something to alarm or fascinate on every page. The mail on sunday “Droll, provocative and crammed to busting with startling facts. The guardian “Succinct, perceptive and robust. Daily telegraph in queer city, the acclaimed Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way–through the complete history and experiences of its gay and lesbian population.
Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day #ad - . Ackroyd takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early nineteenth century. Much to be recommended. The spectator “a nimble, uproarious pocket history of sex in his beloved metropolis. Independent “ackroyd has an encyclopedic knowledge of London, and a poet’s instinct for its strange, mesmerizing drives and urges.
The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First CenturyChicago Review Press #ad - African american ragtime pianist Tony Jackson's most famous song, "Pretty Baby, " was written about one of his male lovers. Alfred kinsey's explorations of the city's netherworld changed the future of American sexuality while confirming his own queer proclivities. What emerges from the boys of fairy Town is a complex portrait and a virtually unknown history of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States.
The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century #ad - Some, such as reporter John Wing, were public figures. A history of gay chicago told through the stories of queer men who left a record of their sexual activities in the Second City, this book paints a vivid picture of the neighborhoods where they congregated while revealing their complex lives. Female impersonators and striptease artists Quincy de Lang and George Quinn were arrested and put on trial at the behest of a leader of Chicago's anti-"indecency" movement.
Others, like henry gerber, who created the first "homophile" organization in the United States, were practically invisible to their contemporaries. But their stories are all riveting.
The Unpunished Vice: A Life of ReadingBloomsbury Publishing #ad - For white, each momentous occasion came with a book to match: proust's remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels.
. With characteristic wit and candor, he recalls reading Henry James to Peggy Guggenheim in her private gondola in Venice and phone calls at eight o'clock in the morning to Vladimir Nabokov--who once said that White was his favorite American writer. Featuring writing that has appeared in the new York Review of Books and the Paris Review, among others, The Unpunished Vice is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature.
The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading #ad - His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. But it wasn't until heart surgery in 2014, that white realized the key role that reading played in his life: forming his tastes, shaping his memories, when he temporarily lost his desire to read, and amusing him through the best and worst life had to offer.
Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. A new memoir from acclaimed author Edmund White about his life as a reader. Literary icon edmund white made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read.
The Sins of Jack Saul Second Edition: The True Story of Dublin Jack and The Cleveland Street ScandalGrosvenor House Publishing #ad - The Sins of Jack Saul Second Edition: The True Story of Dublin Jack and The Cleveland Street Scandal #ad - Glenn chandler, creator of taggart, explores his colourful but tragic life and reveals for the first time the true story about what really went on behind the velvet curtains of Number 19 Cleveland Street. This is the first full-length account of one of its key players, a working class Irish Catholic rent boy who worked his way into the upper echelons of the aristocracy, Jack Saul, and wrote the notorious pornographic memoir The Sins of the Cities of the Plain.
The cleveland street scandal, involving a homosexual brothel reputedly visited by the Queen's grandson, shocked Victorian Britain in 1889.
What's Left of the NightNew Vessel Press #ad - He is by turns exhilarated and tormented by his homosexuality; the Greek-Turkish War has ended in Greece’s defeat and humiliation; France is torn by the Dreyfus Affair, and Cavafy’s native Alexandria has surrendered to the indolent rhythms of the East. With this lyrical novel, tinged with an hallucinatory eroticism that unfolds over three unforgettable days, celebrated Greek author Ersi Sotiropoulos depicts Cavafy in the midst of a journey of self-discovery across a continent on the brink of massive change.
What's Left of the Night #ad - A stunning portrait of a budding author—before he became one of the 20th century’s greatest poets—that illuminates the complex relationship of art, life, and the erotic desires that trigger creativity. In june 1897, the young constantine cavafy arrives in Paris on the last stop of a long European tour, a trip that will deeply shape his future and push him toward his poetic inclination.
When Brooklyn Was Queer: A HistorySt. Martin's Press #ad - Not only has brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history—a great forgetting. Ryan is here to unearth that history for the first time. Through them, when brooklyn was Queer brings Brooklyn’s queer past to life, and claims its place as a modern classic.
The never-before-told story of Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day. An ala glbt round table over the rainbow 2019 top ten selection******named one of the best lgbtQ BOOKS OF 2019 by Harper's Bazaar***"A romantic, exquisite history of gay culture. Kirkus reviews, starred“A boisterous, motley new history.
. Entertaining and insightful. The new york times book reviewhugh ryan’s when brooklyn was queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond.
When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History #ad - . No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. In intimate, moving prose he discusses in new light the fundamental questions of what history is, who tells it, evocative, and how we can only make sense of ourselves through its retelling; and shows how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
London Under: The Secret History Beneath the StreetsAnchor #ad - Highly imaginative and delightfully entertaining, London Under is Ackroyd at his best. To go under london is to penetrate history, water, and ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: the hydraulic device used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge that leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, and telephone; the sulphurous fumes on the Underground's Metropolitan Line.
. Pauls, and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface. There is a bronze age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St.
Pennsylvania StationLethe Press #ad - As the elegant old train station is dismantled piece by piece to make way for the crass new Madison Square Garden sports arena, Frederick must undergo a reckoning he has dreaded all his life. Award-winning author Patrick E. Frederick bailey is a quiet, cultured, closeted architect reluctantly drawn into the effort to save Pennsylvania Station from being demolished.
Horrigan delves into the fractured psyches of mid-twentieth-century gay men, conjuring a picture of New York City and the nation on the brink of explosive cultural change. But when he meets curt, his family, a vibrant, he is overtaken by passions he hasn't felt in years, immature gay activist more than half his age, putting everything he cares about--his friends, his career and reputation--at risk.
Pennsylvania Station #ad - Manhattan, 1962.
Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before StonewallCounterpoint #ad - What was left unsaid in the crime pages provides insight into the figure of the queer man as both criminal and victim, offering readers tales of vice and violence that aligned gender and sexual deviance with tragic, gruesome endings. Instead, crime stories take the shape of their times and reflect cultural notions and prejudices.
In indecent advances, james polchin recovers and recounts queer stories from the crime pages—often lurid and euphemistic—that reveal the hidden history of violence against gay men. Published in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969, Indecent Advances investigates how queer men navigated a society that criminalized them and displayed little compassion for the violence they endured.
Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall #ad - What makes polchin's readings stand out is the way he pursues an underlying story across several seemingly separate crimes. Alexander chee, the new Republic Stories of murder have never been just about killers and victims. A fascinating new book on the treatment of gay men in true crime and crime fiction that reexamines the violence that people at the Stonewall Inn had faced every day, and the rage crackling up underneath.
Victims were often reported as having made "indecent advances, " forcing the accused's hands in self-defense and reducing murder charges to manslaughter. Polchin shows, with masterful insight, how this discrimination was ultimately transformed by activists to help shape the burgeoning gay rights movement in the years leading up to Stonewall.
Wild Animals I Have KnownChelsea Station Editions #ad - Wild Animals I Have Known #ad - Kevin bentley faithfully kept a frank, literate diary of his experiences as this generation of gay men tumbled into the era of AIDS. They left home in droves, bus, traveling by plane, Pinto or Volkswagen towards a life free from discrimination. Struggling to make ends meet, many worked in bookstores and restaurants, all the while taking advantage of a scene of sexual hedonism.
In the late ’70s there was a massive migration of young gay men to San Francisco.
The Sparsholt AffairVintage #ad - Spanning three generations, the sparsholt Affair plumbs the ways the friendship between these two men will influence their lives—and the lives of others’—for decades to come. Richly observed and emotionally charged, this is a dazzling novel of fathers and sons, of family and legacy, and of the longing for permanence amid life’s inevitable transience.
In 1940, and charismatic david sparsholt arrives at oxford University to study engineering, athletic, unaware of his effect on others—especially on Evert Dax, the handsome, the lonely son of a celebrated novelist who is destined to become a writer himself.