Gender studies

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 6:00am

Trans issues addressed through an audiobook and photography Beast by Brie Spangler, read by Andrew Eiden (Blackstone Audio c.2016) $34.95 8.5 hours, 7 CDs. In its most basic description, it’s a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it’s a muscle — a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells beating when you […]

Season’s readings

Posted on 30 Dec 2016 at 6:45am

The best books of 2016 — in fiction, nonfiction and children’s lit Got books? If you were me, the answer would be, “Ohhh, yeah!” Shelves of them, in fact, over the last 52 weeks Here are some of the better reads in 2016, in no particular order. FICTION I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t […]


Posted on 09 Dec 2016 at 7:35am

Gamechangers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot (Simon & Schuster 2016) $25; 310 pp. Growing up, Molly Schiot “thought only men could be champions.” Most popular sports-themed movies indicated as much; so did TV shows. Few tales of women in sports were widely known, so Schiot, a Hollywood director, searched until she […]

A Jones for history

Posted on 25 Nov 2016 at 7:20am

Legendary AIDS activist Cleve Jones writes the memoir he’s always wanted Activist Cleve Jones has lived an extraordinary life, filled with world-changing friends and figureheads from Harvey Milk to Dustin Lance Black. Portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the Gus Van Sant-directed Milk, Jones founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt (the story of which is […]

The plague years

Posted on 25 Nov 2016 at 6:30am

How journalist David France turned his Oscar-nominated AIDS documentary into a compelling new book David France’s Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary, How To Survive A Plague, brought to light how AIDS activists, through the coalitions ACT-UP and TAG, helped push medical breakthroughs forward by becoming part of the process. Constructed from hundreds of hours of incredible archival […]

Pat down

Posted on 11 Nov 2016 at 6:30am

Queer crime queen Patricia Cornwell, on Scarpetta and embracing ‘Chaos’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor It’s been a while since Patricia Cornwell has been in Texas, and she is jonesing for one thing only the Lone Star State can adequately deliver. “What I wanna know is, where is the best chicken fried steak and white […]


Posted on 14 Oct 2016 at 6:00am

  The Essential RuPaul: Herstory, Philosophy & Her Fiercest Queens by John Davis, Illustrated by Libby Vanderploeg (Smith Street Books 2016) $14.95; 95 pp. The Queen has spoken. Everyone listens because, well, how can they not? Her bearing, her stature, her very demeanor demand attention from all her subjects and in this new book, these […]

Take the plunge

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 7:20am

Lesbian author examines swimming from all angles The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle Books 2016); $18.95; 141 pp. People say you’re all wet. Maybe that’s not the nicest thing you’ve ever heard, but hey! If something’s true, it’s true, right? Yep, you love being in a pool, lake, pond, the ocean, a puddle, […]

Trans hero

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:55am

‘Alters’ explores a teen beset by superpowers … and new sexual identity When a new comic book title issues a “No. 1,” collectors often perk up their ears. Getting in on the ground floor of a new imprint is like attending opening night of a new play, or discovering a great new chef. So the […]

Walking down memory lane

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:50am

A spate of gay memoirs shed light on conversion therapy, pro wrestling and two different trans journeys Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley (Riverhead Books 2016); $27; 340 pp. From the time he was in fifth grade, Garrard Conley understood that he was a sinner. It became apparent with the thrill he got looking […]