Monday, July 11, 2016

We're everywhere, even in theater (imagine!)

Our recent discussion of Michael Sherry's Gay Artists in Modern American Culture: An Imagined Conspiracy triggered a memory of a "Doonesbury" strip from the late 1980s/early 1990s that is very much on point.  Alas, I no longer have the actual comic, and my efforts to find it online have been in vain.  So the best I can do is to share the following description of the episode I found online:

"I was looking for an old Doonesbury strip where Jeremy Cavendish learned someone was gay, and said he hoped none of those people ever got into the arts. It was really well done."

(The posting that inspired this comment is well worth reading in its own right, by the way, as are the other comments.)

If any of you happen to have a Doonesbury collection from that era and find that strip, do let me know!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Collecting LGBT at the LoC

The following article appeared last week in the Library of Congress Gazette, an in-house staff rag. It reports on an hour-long symposium in which the speakers discussed the LGBT collecting policies at the Library. The interest of the Library in LGBT materials has understandably increased in recent years. While there is certainly much more to collection policies and the handling of these particular materials than presented here, still, this may be of interest to members of BookmenDC. (Click the image to read the article.) —Giogio


Thursday, June 23, 2016

"My First Gay Bar"

Following up on the great column by Justin Torres in the Post, some well-known gays reminisce in the Times about their first experiences in gay bars. Especially good is Torres's own contribution.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In Praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club

I was MIA last week … just getting around to reading the papers.


This op-ed by Justin Torres should be written on vellum.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Short Story Readings

Jonathan Harper from Daydreamers and Greg Shapiro from How to Whistle — TONIGHT  7:00pm at Upshur Street Books.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Good Gray Poet

Today is Walt Whitman's birthday (born in 1819).


Happy Birthday, Walt!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"In the Empire of the Air"

Philip Clark's edition of Donald Britton's poems has just been published by Nightboat Books. Christopher Bram interviews him at Lambda Literary.