Category Archives: What’cha Reading

The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History and Queer Politics

Matt Bell, gay studies, lgbt studiesA week ago I published a blog post asking for book suggestions so imagine my surprise when a professor from a local university who happens to live in my neighborhood reached out to let me know about a book he has collaborated, edited and recently published called, The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics.

Inspired by the play / movie, this book includes a collection of essays on the 1970 film “The Boys in the Band” that would be of interest to those interested in queer studies and film.  For those who may have never had a chance to see this groundbreaking film, I’d suggest you consider streaming it.

For more information visit: The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics 

Popular gay novel “call me by your name” coming to theaters this fall

Andre Aciman, gay literature, LGBT novelLast week I asked for some book suggestions and as always happens when I put out such a request Call Me By Your Name  was suggested. This is one of my favorite gay-themed novels so imagine my surprise when one of the people who left a comment said that the book is being made into a movie.

Elio the young man that the book centers on is played by Timothée Chalamet and the American graduate student who moves in with Elio’s family for the summer, Oliver, is played by Armie Hammer. If you are unfamiliar with the book, I would highly recommend reading it and then keep an eye out for the movie which according to IMDB will open in late November 2017.

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club meets Monday, April 10

boston gay book club, readingNext Monday Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club will meet in the Back Bay at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury Street to discuss, Pale Fire, by Russian author, Vladimir Nabokov.

Nabokov’s 1962 999-line poem / novel titled “Pale Fire” is written by the fictional poet John Shade, with a foreword written by Shade’s neighbor and academic colleague, Charles Kinbote. Together these elements form a narrative in which both fictional authors are central characters.

What’cha Reading

ReadingI’m currently reading a great book that has captured my imagination called, A Discovery of Witches. It is an historical-fantasy novel by Deborah Harkness, that centers on Diana Bishop, an alchemical history professor at The University of Oxford who is compelled to embrace her magical heritage, which she has ignored and engage in a forbidden romance with a charming vampire.

If you’ve read anything lately that you enjoyed, please share it in the comments section of this blog, because at the rate I’m reading this book, I’ll be looking for suggestions very soon. I’m open to all genres.

Boston Gay Men’s Bookclub meets January 23rd

Boston Gay Men's Book Club, gay bostonAre you looking for an alternative to bars to get out and meet people? Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club which meets each month at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe might be worth checking out. Each month this group gathers to socialize and discuss a different book in one of my favorite bookshops in Boston.

Later this month they will reconvene in the Back Bay to talk about the 2014 book by John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhkes Across America.  You can read The New York Times’ review here.

All are welcome to join when the group meets on Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe located near Mass Ave at 338 Newbury Street.  Be sure to sign up to the “Meet Up” group and RSVP, here.

You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon here.

Gay book reviews blog

gay-book-reviews-blogWith the holidays in full swing and Christmas in less than two weeks a lot of you may be hopping on planes and traveling to get back to family.  Should you be looking for recommendations for gay themed novels to pass the time while you are traveling or off from work, I wanted to point out the blog Gay Book Reviews.

Most of the reviews are of gay romance novels, which isn’t exactly my favorite genre but there are some mysteries and suspense novels interspersed. I want to see more LGBT-themed literature regardless of the genre so I wanted to give the site a shout out to encourage anyone looking for book suggestions to check out the blog.  Links are provided to Amazon.com for the books that are reviewed to make it easier to download to your kindle or order online for delivery.

Gay Book Reviews blog 
Gay Book Reviews is a permanent link in my Blogroll

Information is beautiful: Novels everyone should read

novels, reading, booksBy day I’m a marketing schmuck who works for a consulting firm where I address the role data plays (or should play) in organizations to help them gain better insights into everything they do so when I saw this word cloud I thought it was pretty cool. The website informationisbeautiful.net has a bunch of different word clouds on a wide variety of topics.

This word cloud was compiled from a consensus of top book lists and prizes. If you click on the link below you can interact with the word cloud by looking at the demographics and gender. Each book also provides a link to its page on Amazon.

Novels Everyone Should Read

My reading preferences err towards books few have read in part due to genre preferences so I was surprised to see that I read 37 of the suggested novels.