new and noteworthy


Love's Learning Place: Truth as Aphrodisiac in Women's Long-term Relationships.

By Renate Stendhal (EdgeWork Books)

This wise little book belongs on your bookshelf if you treasure your lover but feel stuck in your sexual relationship. The key is to develop the language for erotic truth and find ways to communicate it, says Lambda award-winning author Renate Stendhal, a psychological counselor in Berkeley and San Francisco. "More effective than booze, drugs, pain or separation, truth-telling is a skill that can be learned, and one doesn’t have to be a master to reap the erotic benefits."

Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art
by Richard Meyer

Focusing on the careers of Paul Cadmus, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz, Gran Fury, and Holly Hughes, "Outlaw Representation" explores how gay artists responded to the threat of censorship by producing their own "outlaw representations" of homosexuality.

Swinging on the Garden Gate : A Spiritual Memoir
by Elizabeth J. Andrew

A bold and probing story explores bisexuality as a creative expression of God and examines the various ways in which the spirit resides in the world.

Lovers' Legends: The Gay Greek Myths
by Andrew Calimach

"A refreshing collection of Greek myths with their fig leaves duly, and rightly, removed. . . a sheer pleasure to read."

Lesbian Art in America : A Contemporary History
by Harmony Hammond


"The first comprehensive history of lesbian art that firmly roots it in the seismic upheavals of feminist and queer liberation politics." --Jonathan David Katz, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Studies, City College of San Francisco

The Homosexuality of Men and Women
by Magnus Hirschfeld, Michael A. Lombardi-Nash (Translator)

One of the founders of the scientific study of sex, Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) led the field with his pioneering objective examinations of homosexuality, tranvestism, and gender identity. Now available for the first time in English translation.

Reflecting Narcissus: A Queer Aesthetic
by Steven Bruhm

The figure of Narcissus, literally falling for himself, has profoundly influenced Western philosophy and literary theory. Yet, Narcissus is rarely if ever seen in his primary attitude as a man erotically desiring another man.

Images of Ambiente : Homotextuality and Latin American Art, 1810-Today
by Rudi C. Bleys

Bhupen Khakhar
by Timothy Hyman

Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar is featured in QAR's Fall' 99 Siteworks. This beautifully written and profusely illustrated book offers an overview of his work and places the artist's sexuality in a larger context.

Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts
by James M. Saslow

Pictures and Passions  is a groundbreaking work of nuanced scholarship that's lucid and engaging and will appeal to general readers, students, artists, and sophisticated gift givers. Gay and lesbian art and experience are shown in a broad context that includes non-Western cultures (with a chapter on Asia and Islam); traditional media and modern commercial and mass media including magazines, photography, advertising and the Internet. Even QAR gets a mention!

Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz
by David Wojnarowicz, Dan Cameron, Mysoon Rizk, Cynthia Carr (Editor)

Published in conjunction with a major retrospective of the artist's work at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, this book includes excerpts from Wojnarowicz's own writings and four essays that explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of his accomplishments. 

The Homoerotic Art of Pavel Tchelitchev
by David Leddick

The painter's erotic oeurve, completed during a ten year span from 1929-1939, reflect Tchelitchev's passion for the male form and his vision of uninhibited sexuality. The edition is limited to one thousand numbered casebound copies and one hundred specially numbered and slipcased copies.

The Passionate Camera : Photography and Bodies of Desire
by Deborah Bright (Editor)

This superb collection of essays and photographs offers a multi-faceted exploration of the body, sexuality and queer culture. We were so impressed with this book that we've decided to include an online exhibition based upon it, as part of QAR's Winter '99 Siteworks.

 

photography

Affectionate Men : A Photographic History of a Century of Male Couples (1850's to 1950's)
by Russell Bush, Ron Lieberman (Designer)

A charming and beautiful book, Affectionate Men  assembles antique prints from around the world. Over a period of 100 years we see changing styles in clothes, hair, and attitudes, but a constant expression of affection and love.

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits
by Loren Cameron
1 Edition, paperback
Cleis Press, 1996

Butch/Femme
Manuela Soares, ed.

Five lesbian photographers celebrate the gender roles, erotic desires, and self-perceptions of lesbian life. Featuring essays by Judy Grahn and Nisa Donnelly.

Collaboration, The Photographs of Paul Cadmus, Margaret French and Jared French
Paul Cadmus, TwelveTrees Press

This collaboration represents a collective vision of male beauty, at the same time that it reveals aspects of their unusual relationship. The photographs also document the unique world of Fire Island in the 1950's.

Compound Fracture
Robert Flynt

Robert Flynt's photographs of male nudes underwater employ a range of printing techniques to produce haunting images of poetic beauty: with sixty-two four color plates. See his work in the QAR Archive, Winter '97.

Dreams of the Woman Who Loved Sex: Photographs and Stories
by Tee Corinne

Originally published in 1987, a new edition of this landmark work includes art work, 2 new stories, and a new introduction. If you aren't familiar with Tee's work please visit the QAR archive.

Fully Exposed : The Male Nude in Photography
by Emmanuel Cooper
2nd Edition, Paperback
Published by Routledge, 1995

George Platt Lynes Photographs, 1931-1955
by Jack Woody, George Platt Lynes
Hardcover
Twelvetrees Press, 1990

Hard to Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film
from Their Beginnings to Stonewall
by Thomas Waugh
Hardcover
Columbia University Press, 1996

The Homoerotic Photograph : Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe
by Allen Ellenzweig
Columbia Univ Press, 1992
Hardcover

The Male Nude
by David Leddick

Nearly one thousand images of the male nude from the beginning of photography to the present. Please visit David Leddick's online presentation, One Hundred Years of Male Nudes, in the QAR archive.

McDermott and McGough, A History of Photography
by Mark Alice Durant

This first monograph of their photographic work underscores their mission--to seek a future through the past.

Naked Men : Pioneering Male Nudes
by David Leddick

Decades before Stonewall there was a group of daring men who shattered society's taboos against the male nude. This handsome volume combines photographs by George Platt Lynes with stories of the models who posed for him in the 1930's, 40's and 50's.
1998 Lambda Award Winner!

Particular Voices :
Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers

by Robert Giard

This book contains almost 200 portraits accompanied by text from each of the writers' most significant works. A stunning and impressive accomplishment. 1998 Lambda Award Winner! Please visit the Giard exhibition in QAR's Archive.

Playing with the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe
Arthur C. Danto
University of California Press, 1996
Hardcover

Rrose Is a Rrose Is a Rrose : Gender Performance in Photography
by Jennifer Blessing, Judith Halberstam, Lyle Ashton Harris
Published by Harry N Abrams, 1997
Hardcover

Sites Unseen
by Shimon Attie

Attie's hauntingly beautiful color photographs document six public art projects temporarily installed throughout Europe between 1991-96. This handsome volume also features James E. Young's introductory essay describing and contextualizing this series of provocative installations.

When We Were Three: Travel Albums of George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescot
by Glenway Wescott

Covering the period between 1927, when the threesome first met, through 1943, when Lynes' departure upset the relationship, this book contains two new essays and over 125 images. As with all Arena Editions titles, it was printed in Italy on fine Italian stock.

Whitman's Men:
Walt Whitman's Calamus Poems Celebrated by Contemporary Photographers

Richard Berman and David Groff,editors

Taken from the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, the Calamus Poems are united with the work of seven gifted contemporary photographers, who add an extra visual dimension to his ageless lines about man's desire for his fellow man. A truly beautiful edition.

 

art history

Ars Erotica: An Arousing History of Erotic Art

by Edward Lucie-Smith

This elegant social and artistic history of the erotic illuminates the perception of sexuality through time.

Artspeak
A Guide to Contemporary Ideas,Movements and Buzzwords

by Robert Atkins 1990
Abbeville Press
Paperback

The Complete Reprint of Physique Pictorial : 1951-1990
Published by Taschen America Ltd., 1997
Hardcover

Damn Fine Art by New Lesbian Artists
by Cherry Smyth
Hardcover
Cassell Academic, 1996

Eros in Pompeii : The Erotic Art Collection of the Museum of Naples
by Michael Grant, Antonia Mulas (Photographer)
Stewart Tabori & Chang, 1977
Paperback

Gay and Lesbian Studies in Art History
Whitney Davis, editor

The first anthology of its kind has a dozen essays on a wide range of subjects. The diverse group of authors combine personal, scholarly and political approaches as they look at art history from a queer point of view.

The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art
by Guerrilla Girls

An anonymous group of artists formed in 1984 to expose racism, sexism and homophobia in the art world, this is the latest action in the Guerrilla Girls' crusade for equality in the arts. Their book tells the stories of great women artists who got left out.

In a Different Light
Nayland Blake, Lawrence Rinder and Amy Scholder

This fascinating book documents a landmark exhibit at UC Berkeley, featuring over 100 reproductions, essays, fiction and more; all in response to the curators' question: "How are queer artists looking at the world?"

Lesbian Art : An Encounter With Power (Art & Australia Book)
by Elizabeth Ashburn

One of the titles the Traditional Values Coalition would like to ban from our libraries. (SF Chronicle 2/27/98)

Looking at Lovemaking : Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 BC - AD 250
by John R. Clarke

The sexual revolution has reached ancient Rome in this stunning and controversial book.

Nothing but the Girl : The Blatant Lesbian Image
by Susie Bright
Published by Cassell Academic, 1996
Hardcover

Outlooks: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Culture
by Peter Horne (Editor), Reina Lewis (Editor)
Paperback
Routledge, 1996

Pop Out Queer Warhol
Jennifer Doyle, Jonathan Flatley and José Munoz, editors

Though Warhol became the star of pop culture and the avant-garde, this diverse collection of illustrated essays is the first to explore, analyze and celebrate the role of his sexuality in the making of his art. Warhol has been reclaimed as a queer artist!

A Small Boy and Others : Imitation and Initiation in American Culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol
by Michael Moon

By exploring the memoirs of James, the dances of Nijinsky, The Pop Art of Warhol and such films as Midnight Cowboy and Flaming Creatures-- Michael Moon makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of sexuality and identity in American culture.

Speaking For Vice: Homosexuality in the Art of Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley and the First American Avant-Garde
Jonathan Weinberg 1995, Yale.
Paperback

The Sexual Perspective
Homosexuality and Art
in the Last 100 Years in the West

Emmanuel Cooper

Profusely illustrated historical survey of queer art, examining work by a wide range of artists from the Renaissance to the 1990's. Its publication marks a milestone in queer cultural history.

 

artist monographs


Francis Bacon: A Retrospective

by Francis Bacon; edited by Dennis Farr, Michael Peppiatt, and Sally Yard

The interview-shy Francis Bacon, who during his lifetime repudiated attempts to analyze or categorize his work, is as enigmatic as his paintings. Now the first major retrospective of Bacon's paintings since his death in 1992 is on view at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. And the accompanying catalog, filled with rich color plates, includes lucid analysis that dispels some of the mysteries behind the work.
Caravaggio
by Catherine Puglisi, Timothy Wilson-Smith

The soulful, tormented, ethereally talented painter has become an icon. Puglisi sifted through the scholarship, discoveries and trash of the past 20 years, and wrote a book that does justice to the painter's glorious work but doesn't shy away from the juicy parts of his life either: the most beautiful Caravaggio book ever.

F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
by James Crump, F. Holland Day
Hardcover
Twin Palms Press, 1995

Robert Gober
Essays by Paul Schimmel and Hal Foster.

One of the most acclaimed installation artists of our time in the act of creating a new work for the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art.

Jerome: After the Pageant
Thomas Avena & Adam Klein
foreword by Klaus Kertess

Avena warns us: "To enter Jerome Caja's world is to risk one's own innocence." Take the risk on this beautifully written, profusely illustrated, and truly important book. Read an interview with the authors in QAR's Archive.

Marsden Hartley
Bruce Robertson 1995,
Harry N. Abrams
Hardcover

David Hockney Paintings
by Paul Melia, Ulrich Luckhardt
International Book Import Service, 1997 Hardcover, 200 pages

Michelangelo
by Anthony Hughes

Hundreds of stunningly clear color reproductions in this thoughtfully designed volume from the Art and Ideas series.

Pierre Et Gilles (Jumbo Series)
by Bernard Marcade, Ian Cameron
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published by Taschen America, 1997

John Singer Sargent: The Male Nudes
by John Esten, Donna Hassler
Universe Publishing

Tom of Finland: His Life and Times (Stonewall Inn Editions)
by F. Valentine, III Hooven
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1994
Paperback

 

biography

Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma
,
Michael Peppiatt

Much of Peppiatt's material about the painter comes directly from the floor of Bacon's studio, where years' worth of photographs, newspaper articles,letters, and other personal detritus were only recently retrieved. From these and other sources, interviews, and the author's own 30-year acquaintance with Bacon, Peppiatt has crafted a fine and balanced biography of a most enigmatic man.

Resident Alien by Quentin Crisp
by Quentin Crisp, Donald Carroll editor
Alyson Publications, 1997
Hardcover

Confessions of a Window Dresser: Tales from a Life in Fashion
by Simon Doonan

Doonan is Barneys' window dresser extraordinaire. "Let's face it," he says, "window-dressing is a nonessential poofy profession whose one raison d'être is the creation of desire." Images of his traffic-stopping displays combined with his irreverent good-humor make this book a joy to behold.

Genet : A Biography
by Edmund White
Vintage Books, 1994
Paperback

Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall
by Joanne Glasgow (Editor)

Author of the lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness, Hall fell in love with Evguenia Souline, a poor, friendless, Russian exile. These passionate letters to Souline, contain Hall's ideas about the origins of homosexuality, the obligations of marriage and ideas about art.

Keith Haring Journals
Keith Haring, with a preface by David Hockney

Haring's journals track his emergence as a Pop Icon and his friendships with other artists, writers and musicians. At the same time they reveal him to be a visionary, committed to extending the boundaries of art.

Jasper Johns: Privileged Information
by Jill Johnston
Hardcover
Thames & Hudson, 1996

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
by Randy Shilts

The Mayor of Castro Street is focused on the narrative of Harvey Milk's political rise from running a small business on Castro Street, to organizing local gay men and lesbians around grass-roots issues, to winning an elected office. But in many ways this is also a forceful and engaging story of the gay rights movement in the second half of the 20th century.

Cole Porter: A Biography
by William McBrien

...McBrien's achievement is substantial. No previous biography of Cole Porter has been so painstakingly researched, and this one may well survive as the definitive account of his life.   The New York Times Book Review, Alexander Chancellor

Marcel Proust
by Edmund White

White has a novelist's eye for the telling detail or the remarkable phrase and, like Proust himself, concentrates upon the minutiae of the past so that it might live again. He has a wonderful sympathy with his subject.  The New York Times Book Review, Peter Ackroyd

The Paris Diary & the New York Diary: 1951-1961
by Ned Rorem

"It's not that I'm more self-involved than other people, I'm just more free about showing it." Rorem's honesty, intelligence and empathy makes his diaries delightful and ultimately moving.

The Life and Work of Henry Scott Tuke
by Emmanuel Cooper
Paperback
Published by Gay Mens Press, 1998

Walt Whitman: A Gay Life
Gary Schmidgall
Dutton, 1997
Hardcover

 

 

fiction

Cavedweller
by Dorothy Allison

"It reaches back to the conventions of straightforward storytelling and pays close attention to the way women get by ...the way they choose who they will be."
  The New York Times Book Review

Crystal Diary : A Novel
by Frankie Hucklenbroich
Firebrand Books, 1997
Paperback

The Farewell Symphony: A Novel
by Edmund White
Alfred A. Knopf, 1997
Hardcover

The Gag Reflex
by Steven Key Meyers

Meyers' latest novel follows club-owner Rex Black as he seeks to parlay his Upper East Side dive into an entertainment empire. Available in full and for free in html and Adobe Acrobat formats from Free Air Press.

Inside Out
by Juliet Carrera

This new novel weaves contemporary issues into a compelling tale of political treachery and persistent love. Great word-of-mouth on this one.

Maurice : A Novel
by E. M. Forster

A beautifully written novel about two men who fall in love, and the prejudice they face in the early years of the 20th Century- a classic.

Naked
by David Sedaris, Geoffrey Kloske (Editor)

Sedaris' sardonic and very funny account of his life and times.

Plays Well With Others
Allan Gurganus
Hardcover, 336 pages
Alfred A. Knopf, 1997

The President's Son : A Novel
by Krandall Kraus
Paperback, 320 pages
Published by Consortium Books, 1995

The Selected Writings of Jean Genet
by Jean Genet, Edmund White (Editor)

This comprehensive volume brings together for the first time a generous selection of Genet's greatest work.  

The Spell
by Alan Hollinghurst

Like The Swimming Pool Library, and The Folding Star, Hollinghurst's third novel is an ambitious exploration of gay male experiences and relationships.
non-fiction

Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America
by Molly McGarry, Fred Wasserman

In text and over 350 images, the book celebrates our gay and lesbian heritage, illuminates long-invisible worlds, and chronicles a vital aspect of American history.

The Best of the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review
by Richard Jr. Schneider (Editor), Charles Hefling (Illustrator)

The first collection from The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review offers a diversity of opinion-- balancing left with right, present with the past.

Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity
by Bruce Bagemihl

Written for the specialist and lay reader alike, this meticulously researched book is filled with fascinating facts and astonishing descriptions of animal behavior; a groundbreaking work that explodes the myth that homosexuality is not frequently found in nature.

Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit :
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore
by Randy P. Conner, David Hatfield Sparks, Mariya Sparks
Published by Cassell Academic, 1997
Hardcover

The Celluloid Closet : Homosexuality in the Movies
by Vito Russo
Published by HarperCollins 1987 (Revised)
Paperback

The Cornish Nightmare (D. H. Lawrence During the War Years)
by C. J. Stevens
Paperback, 120 pages
Published by John Wade, 1996

Gay By the Bay 
Susan Stryker and Jim Van Buskirk,
with an introduction by Armistead Maupin

A profusely illustrated and entertaining look at the growth of queer culture in San Francisco. "It is an odd thing, but everyone who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world." --Oscar Wilde

The Gay Metropolis : 1940-1996
by Charles Kaiser
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1997
Hardcover, 480 pages

Gay New York : Gender, Urban Culture, and
the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

by George Chauncey
Basic Books, 1995
Paperback

A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition
by Gregory Woods

A sweeping survey from Homer to David Leavitt, from Arabic poets of the classical age to to closeted Victorian memoirs to AIDS literature.

How to Survive Your Own Gay Life
by Perry Brass

Wise. Factual. Often controversial. This book explores the possibilities of creating rewarding relationships and a strengthening inner life. "Many gay men," Brass writes, "are stuck between childlessness and childishness. It is a dead-end that has become for them what the 'gay world' is about."

Men Together : Portraits of Love, Commitment, and Life
by Anderson Jones, David Fields (Photographer)
Published by Running Press, 1997.
Hardcover

Out for Good : The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America
by Dudley Clendinen, Adam Nagourney

...a rich and valuable book, a history of gay political activism since 1969 that unearths many previously little-known stories about organization building and political involvement...The New York Times Book Review, David J. Garrow

O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance
by Holly Hughes and David Roman

A collection of scripts and texts by the most important queer performers responsible for changing the style, form, and substance of alternative and mainstream theater.

The Queer Press Guide 2000
by Paul Harris (Editor)

Many artists are at a loss when it comes to promoting and publicizing themselves and their work. This guide lists gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender publications world wide, including phone and fax numbers, email and website addresses as well as the names of key personnel. A must for artists, writers, activists, publishers, photographers, PR gurus, Ad Agency mavens, organizations seeking to publicize their work and anyone else interested in the g/l/b/t press.

Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire
by Aaron Betsky
William Morrow & Company, 1997
Hardcover

Queerly Classed: Gay Men and Lesbians Write About Class
by Susan Raffo, editor
South End Press, 1997

Revolutionary Voices
by Amy Sonnie (Editor)

Revolutionary Voices celebrates the hues and harmonies of the future of gay and lesbian society, presenting not a collection of stories but a collection of experiences, ideas, dreams, and fantasies expressed through prose, poetry, artwork, letters, diaries, and performance pieces.

The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture
by Daniel Harris, Richard Kot (Editor)
Hyperion, 1997
1st Edition, Hardcover

Stagestruck
by Sarah Schulman

Schulman offers a terrifying account of having her novel "borrowed" by Jonathan Larson, (writer and composer of "Rent") and she uses it as a springboard to examine the broader issues of how gay themes are distorted in mainstream culture.

Symptoms of Culture
by Marjorie Garber

With style and humor, Garber offers an invigorating look at the amazingly complicated thing we call "culture" -- from Jell-O boxes to Sir Laurence Olivier's bisexuality to the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings.

Vested Interests : Cross-Dressing & Cultural Anxiety
by Marjorie Garber
1st Edition, Paperback
Published by Routledge Press, 1997

 

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