Friday, July 18, 2014

OutWrite 2014!

The fourth annual OutWrite LGBT Book Festival occurs in two weeks (August 1-3)! It's all happening at the DC Center (where we meet on third Wednesdays). That's in the Reeves Municipal Center at 2000 14th St NW, one block from the U St Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines.

The weekend is full of book readings, writing workshops, book discussions, and poetry readings. In addition, several LGBT publishers will be exhibiting books you won't see anywhere else. And both new and used books will be on sale all day on Saturday August 2nd. Check it out!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rebel Rebel: Arthur Rimbaud's Brief Career

'On a winter day in 1883, aboard a steamer that was returning him from Marseilles to the Arabian port city of Aden, a French coffee trader named Alfred Bardey struck up a conversation with a countryman he’d met on board, a young journalist named Paul Bourde. As Bardey chatted about his trading operation, which was based in Aden, he happened to mention the name of one of his employees—a “tall, pleasant young man who speaks little,” as he later described him. To his surprise, Bourde reacted to the name with amazement. This wasn’t so much because, by a bizarre coincidence, he had gone to school with the employee; it was, rather, that, like many Frenchmen who kept up with contemporary literature, he had assumed that the young man was dead. To an astonished Bardey, Bourde explained that, twelve years earlier, his taciturn employee had made a “stupefying and precocious” literary début in Paris, only to disappear soon after. Until that moment, for all Bardey or anyone else in his circle knew, this man was simply a clever trader who kept neat books. Today, many think of him as a founder of modern European poetry. His name was Arthur Rimbaud.' Continue reading Daniel Mendelsohn's essay in the latest
New Yorker.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rodney Garland's "The Heart in Exile"

Following up on an earlier post, I offer my review of The Heart in Exile, a 1953 novel of London’s homosexual underworld. It is not great literature, but overall I liked it. I was never bored while reading it. I humbly nominate it for a future meeting. Please read the review on my blog.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sappho in Poems & Songs

The Actors of Dionysus try “to put flesh on the bones of ancient greek drama.” Their latest offering is a CD The Sweetness of Honey, which will be released next month in London.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Follow ups to Wilde and Cavafy …

… in earlier posts on Wilde's journalism and Cavafy in translation in TLS letters to the editor.

Friday, June 13, 2014

yet another parallel universe

On Google+, I have created a "Community" for Bookmen DC. Anyone is welcome to join. And I will continue to maintain Bookmen on Facebook.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Lunch Poems" Reading, NYC, 6/11/14

The Poetry Project is putting on an all-star, fiftieth-anniversary reading of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems on Wednesday, June 11, at St. Mark's Church in New York City … for those of you lucky enough to be in NYC tomorrow evening.