Bit late for Pride, but nonetheless.
Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein
A new edition of the classic drama portraying gay life in New York in the 1970s and 80s–winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, now coming to Broadway in a revival hailed by The New York Times as “irresistibly compelling.”
What begins as a chance encounter in a New York nightclub leads drag performer Arnold Beckoff on a hilarious yet touching pursuit of love, happiness, and a life he can be proud of. From a failed affair with a reluctant lover to a committed relationship with the promise of a stable family, Arnold’s struggle for acceptance meets its greatest resistance when he faces off against the person whose approval is most important to him: his mother.
This edition contains for the first time ever both the original scripts for the three one-act plays (TheInternational Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!) as they were performed in the 1970s, as well as the revised script for the 2017 revival that condensed all three into Torch Song. It also includes a never-before-published introduction by Harvey Fierstein, as well as photographs from both the original production and the revival starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl and directed by Moisés Kaufman.
Praise for Torch Song Trilogy
“Harvey Fierstein has created characters so vivid and real that they linger in the mind, talking the night away, long after the lights have been turned out and everyone has left.”—Time
“Gorgeously funny . . . a devastatingly comic play with just the right resonances.”–New York Post
“Sassy, sweet, and moving.”—People
Gay Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics
A bold and provocative look at how the nonprofit sphere’s expansion has helped—and hindered—the LGBT cause What if the very structure on which social movements rely, the nonprofit system, is reinforcing the inequalities activists seek to eliminate? That is the question at the heart of this bold reassessment of the system’s massive expansion since the mid-1960s. Focusing on the LGBT movement, Myrl Beam argues that the conservative turn in queer movement politics, as exemplified by the shift toward marriage and legal equality, is due mostly to the movement’s embrace of the nonprofit structure. Based on oral histories as well as archival research, and drawing on the author’s own extensive activist work, Gay, Inc. presents four compelling case studies. Beam looks at how people at LGBT nonprofits in Minneapolis and Chicago grapple with the contradictions between radical queer social movements and their institutionalized iterations. Through interview subjects’ incisive, funny, and heartbreaking commentaries, Beam exposes a complex world of committed people doing the best they can to effect change, and the flawed structures in which they participate, rail against, ignore, and make do. Providing a critical look at a social formation whose sanctified place in the national imagination has for too long gone unquestioned, Gay, Inc. marks a significant contribution to scholarship on sexuality, neoliberalism, and social movements.
Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution by Stephen S. Mills
“‘[W]hat does it mean to crave the land?’ Stephen S. Mills asks in this ambitious book of poems that imbricates 18th– and 21st-century narratives, domestic tension and national strife, profligate sex and the accountability of gay marriage, forms of incarceration and suicide by proxy. In these poems, New England, Texas, Florida, Indiana, and New York cohere into a collective land that produces personal melancholia, an ‘excess of black bile.‘ Mills’ precision of language acts as link, as hinge, as community-builder and balm for times when words are Twitter-cheap. We’re starved for truth and Mills knows it. His language doesn’t flinch in poems that live up to his adage, ‘words / are our currency—our lifeline.'”
– Richard Tayson, author of The World Underneath and The Apprentice of Fever
“’Spoiler Alert: We are all monsters,’ writes Stephen S. Mills in his empathetically explicit Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution. Audacious and fascinating, Mills investigates our demons, linking his 21st century speaker to 18th Century Mary Agnes. The two have red hair and ‘a redheaded / temper or so they used to call it.’ They both wind up in prison ‘guilty’ of passion and desire. Mills’ poems expertly balance lyricism, reportage, and a haunting narrative. This is phenomenal book.”
– Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout and Scald
I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arcenaux
Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media.
In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can’t Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I’m Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul‑searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.
It hasn’t been easy being Michael Arceneaux.
Equality for LGBTQ people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being Black in America is…well, have you watched the news?
With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of today’s boldest writers on social issues, I Can’t Date Jesus is Michael Arceneaux’s impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in today’s America. Leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned, he describes his journey in learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite.
He eloquently writes about coming out to his mother; growing up in Houston, Texas; being approached for the priesthood; his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants and maybe fleas; and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.
Perfect for fans of David Sedaris, Samantha Irby, and Phoebe Robinson, I Can’t Date Jesus tells us—without apologies—what it’s like to be outspoken and brave in a divisive world.
The Gay Heritage Project by Damian Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir
Is there such thing as gay heritage? Three of Canada’s most gifted performers set out to find the answer by going beyond Google to discover forgotten heroes and stories (and a few well-known names), compiling everything into one extraordinary history lesson that shines new light on contemporary gay culture. A hilarious, thought-provoking meta tale that connects queer communities everywhere.