GBLT literature

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i'm wondering if any of you can recommend some good books that focus on GBLT themes or have queer characters or whatever. i've read a lot of baldwin & i love his writing, but am looking for something new, perhaps written by a woman? (jeanette winterson i don't really care for, and i liked 'stone butch blues' but the writing didn't blow me away.)

any folks want to share their favorities?

j c (j c), Sunday, 14 May 2006 11:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I like Ethan Mordden.

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Sunday, 14 May 2006 12:38 (thirteen years ago) link

i like Gary Indiana - especially "Resentment".

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 14 May 2006 12:47 (thirteen years ago) link

David Feinberg's "Eighty-Sixed" is probably my favorite GBLT novel. It is interesting to read Louise Fitzhugh's "Harriet the Spy" through the GBLT filter (and it's a fantastic book anyways). Alison Bechdel's long-running comic "Dykes To Watch Out For" is pretty nice (and she has some new biographical comic book out involving her father, who was secretly gay, and which Douglas recommends). George Herriman's "Krazy Kat" is, of course, the finest queer comic strip. Gertrude Stein's "Tender Buttons" is very oblique prose poetry that seems to wander around sex and love, as do a few other of her books.

I dunno, when I was a teen I read a fair amount of GBLT lit but much of it was vaguely interchangeable. In particular I'd avoid any coming out stories.

¯\(º_o)/¯ (Chris Piuma), Sunday, 14 May 2006 18:42 (thirteen years ago) link

If you like things that are a bit light-hearted, there is always Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown and of course Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series. I just finished reading a book with gay/bi characters in it - How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Mark Acito and it was very fun reading. I've always liked the poems of Audre Lorde and also Adrienne Rich as well.

Sara Robinson-Coolidge (Sara R-C), Sunday, 14 May 2006 21:27 (thirteen years ago) link

By the way, a certain amount of modern sci-fi includes (or even focuses on) GLBT characters as a matter of course even though in classifying the books the sci-fi part usually trumps the other kind of "other". I like Melissa Scott's Trouble and Her Friends even though it's pretty outdated as cyberpunk now, and Ammonite by Nicola Griffith. I'm sure I'm missing/forgetting lots more.

Laurel (Laurel), Monday, 15 May 2006 18:11 (thirteen years ago) link

OMG I totally forgot Delany. Dahlgren, or any of his biographical stuff. Maybe wait until you're hooked before you try the porn novels.

¯\(º_o)/¯ (Chris Piuma), Monday, 15 May 2006 18:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Armistead Maupin tops the Guardian's Big Gay Read poll. I'm glad to see Rita Mae Brown on there. Bingo is a favorite of mine.

Jaq (Jaq), Monday, 15 May 2006 22:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, that list reminds me that I have The Long Firm somewhere but it's BLEEEEEEEEAK and I don't think I ever finished.

Laurel (Laurel), Monday, 15 May 2006 22:45 (thirteen years ago) link

i thought about mentioning delany and then thought i'd leave it to his other fans here - joanna russ's the female man, maybe, as ground-breaking here? - not that i've finished it ever. i dunno, do the sexualised aliens in say octavia butler's trilogy or the third sex in the ian macdonald that was up for the hugo last year - do they fall under this category, or is it something different?

tom west (thomp), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 00:20 (thirteen years ago) link

The Female Man is so good, so smart. Depending on your taste, you might like Dennis Cooper. If you have Sonic Youth's Goo you can read a sample of his work inside the cover.

Hemoglobin Hummingbird (HemoHum), Friday, 19 May 2006 22:47 (thirteen years ago) link

the phrase "GBLT" makes me think of sandwiches

does sonic youth's sister have anything interesting to contribute to the discussion of philip dick? or uh not.

tom west (thomp), Saturday, 20 May 2006 23:07 (thirteen years ago) link

The phrase "BLT" makes me think of queer stuff. You need to have more gay sexing.

Casuistry (Chris P), Sunday, 21 May 2006 01:21 (thirteen years ago) link

alan hollinghurst - the folding star
harlan greene - why we never danced the charleston

and what (ooo), Sunday, 21 May 2006 04:13 (thirteen years ago) link


anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 21 May 2006 05:47 (thirteen years ago) link

The whole point of the T is that it covers all those Ts.

Casuistry (Chris P), Sunday, 21 May 2006 06:09 (thirteen years ago) link

well not two spirited, does it?

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 21 May 2006 21:06 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Hollinghurst's Line of Beauty
Eugenides' Middlesex
Stace's Misfortune
Ball's Peninsula of Lies is an interesting non-fiction read

Here's some interesting lists that I stumbled across:

The Publishing Triangle 100 List
Gay & Lesbian Reading GROUND (lots of interesting stuff)

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Friday, 7 July 2006 18:20 (thirteen years ago) link

"GROUND" was supposed to be "Group".


My fault for syringe-feeding while typing.

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Friday, 7 July 2006 18:22 (thirteen years ago) link

jc, maybe try audre lorde's 'zami' for a relevant contrast to baldwin?

Josh (Josh), Friday, 7 July 2006 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link

This is where I point out that the new Bechdel book, "Fun House", is completely fantastic.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 7 July 2006 23:18 (thirteen years ago) link

so is the new bechdel book "fun home"!

tom west (thomp), Saturday, 8 July 2006 00:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Dammit. Overcorrection. Also, I have already lent the book out. It is being widely loved.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 8 July 2006 07:19 (thirteen years ago) link

well, i was raised by pedants, and i lay much the same stress on that as someone else might on "raised by wolves"

tom west (thomp), Saturday, 8 July 2006 07:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm all for friendly pedantry.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 8 July 2006 08:25 (thirteen years ago) link

She read here yesterday, but I couldn't make it.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 8 July 2006 13:55 (thirteen years ago) link

speaking of lesbian comix, has "hothead paisan" ever been collected into any sort of anthology?

joseph (joseph), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:06 (thirteen years ago) link


tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 04:45 (thirteen years ago) link

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