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Christopher Bram

Autor(a) de Father of Frankenstein

15+ Works 2,288 Membros 29 Críticas 13 Favorited

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Obras por Christopher Bram

Father of Frankenstein (1995) 429 exemplares
Hold Tight (1988) 232 exemplares
Surprising Myself (1987) 228 exemplares
Gossip (1997) 186 exemplares
In Memory of Angel Clare (1989) — Autor — 166 exemplares
Almost History (1992) 162 exemplares
Exiles in America (2006) 119 exemplares
Best Gay Erotica 1998 (1998) — Editor — 28 exemplares

Associated Works

Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 399 exemplares
Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong (1991) — Contribuidor — 257 exemplares
Men on Men 3: Best New Gay Fiction (1990) — Contribuidor — 206 exemplares
Aphrodisiac, fiction from Christopher Street (1980) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create (1995) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Best American Gay Fiction 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Gods and Monsters [1998 film] (1998) — Original novel — 90 exemplares
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Lavender Mansions: 40 Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica (1997) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Flashpoint: Gay Male Sexual Writing (Richard Kasak Books) (1996) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered (2010) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers (1999) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



FYI review - the book contains the following:
Part I - Into the Fifties
-Chapter One, Innocence (Gore Vidal, Truman Capote)
-Chapter Two, The Kindness of Strangers (Tennessee Williams)
-Chapter Three, Howl (Allen Ginsberg)
-Chapter Four, Soul Kiss (James Baldwin)
-Chapter Five, Going Hollywood (Gore Vidal)
Part II - The Sixties
-Chapter Six, The Great Homosexual Theater Scare (Tennessee Williams, Susan Sontag, Edward Albee)
-Chapter Seven, The Medium Is the Message (Truman Capote, James Baldwin)
-Chapter Eight, Love and Sex and A Single Man ), (Christopher Isherwood)
-Chapter Nine, The Whole World Is Watching (Gore Vidal, Vidal v. Buckley, James Baldwin, Truman Capote)
-Chapter 10, Riots (Gay bookstores, politics, Mart Crowley, Edward Albee, Stonewall)
Part III - The Seventies
-Chapter 11, Old and Young (E.M. Forster, Frank O'Hara, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote)
-Chapter 12, Love Songs (Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, James Merrill, Adrienne Rich)
-Chapter 13, Annus Mirabilis (Edmund White, Larry Kramer, Andrew Holleran, Armistead Maupin)
-Chapter 14, White Noise (Felice Picano, Edmund White, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal)
Part IV - The Eighties
-Chapter 15, Illness and Metaphor (Larry Kramer)
-Chapter 16, Dead Poet's Society (Melvin Dixon, James Merrill, Thom Gunn, Andrew Holleran, Mark Doty, Christopher Isherwood)
-Chapter 17, Tales of Two or Three Cities (David Leavitt, Armistead Maupin, Peter Cameron, Edmund White, James Baldwin)
-Chapter 18, Laughter in the Dark (Charles Ludlam, Stephen McCauley, Larry Kramer)
Part V - The Nineties and After
-Chapter 19, Angels (Terry Kushner, Andrew Sullivan)
-Chapter 20, Rising Tide (Allan Gurganus, Samuel Delany, Tony Kushner, Michael Cunningham, Paul Russell, Mark Merlis, Michael Nava, Edmund White, Larry Kramer)
-Chapter 21, High Tide (Michael Cunningham, Armistead Maupin, Tony Johnson)
-Epilogue, Rewriting America
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Lemeritus | 6 outras críticas | Jun 1, 2024 |
A quick run-through, more biographical than literary, of the big names of Gay (Male) Lit in the USA from about 1945-2000. We start with the Triumvirate (Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Truman Capote), move on to the Beats, then the AIDS generation, the Violet Quill and its handful of survivors. It's a pleasant, chatty survey, maybe a little too heavily based on Gore Vidal's memoirs in the early sections, but quite shrewd when it gets to writers Bram presumably knows personally, and it might introduce you to one or two new names. Since it excludes women and writers who didn't live in or come from the USA, it sometimes seems a bit narrow in its focus, but I suppose you can't cover everything in one book.… (mais)
thorold | 6 outras críticas | Oct 14, 2023 |
I was fortunate to meet Christopher Bram several months ago at a Dim Sum brunch hosted by a mutual friend. He personally recommended this book since I had expressed an interest in historical fiction. The novel spans the period from the civil war when the narrator Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd (stage name, Notorious Dr. August) is a teenager to the 1920s when Augustus is an old man narrating his life story to his silent nephew Tristan (unlike the somewhat annoying "boy" in Interview with the Vampire who you wish would keep his mouth shut) who also eventually shows up as a character in the book, first as a young boy and later as a grown man. There are classic historical novel elements such as major real-world events, people, and places like the Civil War, a cameo appearance by Brahms, and one of the amusement parks in Coney Island, Dreamland. These true-to-life landmarks, and other allusions, do ground the novel in real world history, and as the author notes at the end, "A lifelong love affair with American literature stands behind this novel." But the main character, Dr. August, "is entirely fictional but was inspired by several real improvisational pianists." That fact, makes this novel closer to a work of historical fiction like Aztec, by Gary Jennings whose main character Mixtli-Dark Cloud is entirely imagined vs. one like Lincoln by Gore Vidal where the protagonist was once a flesh and blood human. So for me, while I absolutely loved the historical context, this felt much more like a regular work of fiction enriched by history, but not one that really elucidated it to any degree. This is not meant as a criticism so much as an observation. As a pure work of fiction, whether historical or not, this novel succeeds on so many levels. Fitz is a witty and entertaining observer of his own life and that of his lifelong companions, Isaac, an ex-slave he meets as a teenager, and the prim and proper governess from Connecticut Alice they meet on a ship to Europe whom Isaac eventually marries. Fitz honestly opines about everyone he meets and everything he experiences. He's something of a free spirit, an itinerant musician, spiritualist, conjurer of ghosts, irreverent, and ungodly in a religious age. And while his behavior and choices as a younger man, by modern standards, may be called into question, as a whole he does have a moral character and lives what may be called a virtuous life. Bram, like any great writer, can inhabit very different characters and personalities, and imbue them with life and personality. He touches on big issues such as the racism embedded in American and European societies, as well as smaller issues of how individuals face up to their moral and spiritual struggles, the choices they make along the way, and the very real consequence of those choices.… (mais)
OccassionalRead | 1 outra crítica | Aug 20, 2022 |
Eminent Outlaws is one juicy anecdote after another that builds up into a sweeping history. I found this book almost gossipy at times, yet incredibly thought-provoking. It reminded me of Randy Shilts' historical "non-fiction novels," except this one is about famous men, not regular people. This book is only about gay male writers, so it doesn't cover any lesbian or gender non-conforming writers. The author Christopher Bram explains that he needed to narrow the scope, because it was already a big topic, and that lesbian literature deserves its own historian. Fair enough, and Bram mentions writers like Audre Lord, M.E. Kerr, Susan Sontag, and Ann Bannon when they enter his story. Eminent Outlaws is also focused solely on literary fiction, poetry, and plays. I was hoping to hear about science fiction legend Samuel R. Delany, and he's mentioned briefly. But Bram didn't try to make his book all things for all people; he stuck to what he is clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about.

Each chapter focuses mostly on one particular writer, but includes material about other writers that keeps the narrative colorful, connected, and flowing. You get to hear about Gore Vidal throughout the entire book because he's so long-lived. The book is divided into decades. My favorite parts were the Fifties and Sixties. It was such a different time, with such virulent homophobia. Reading about Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams especially, I got such a sense of how corrosive and damaging prejudice and self-hatred are, not just to human beings but also to writing. These guys were so talented and yet a lot of what they wrote was so wacko (from my modern-day viewpoint, which is the only one I have.) A lot of this early work sounds interesting historically, but the last thing I want to read is some story about a tortured, unhappy queer person who comes to a bad end (like being eaten by cannibals.) Apparently Christopher Isherwood was the first writer to have non-tragic gay characters who are happy, in The World In The Evening.

One thing that was really striking was that these fellas had such bad shrinks and literary agents! Tennessee Williams' therapist told him to stop having sex with men; James Baldwin's agent told him to burn Giovanni's Room. The only instance of good advice was when Allen Ginsberg, still a nobody, saw a dollar-a-session therapist in Berkeley who told him he should go ahead and live with the guy he liked if he wanted and he didn't have to live as a heterosexual. "You're a nice person; there's always people who will like you," he said. Ginsberg ended up staying with the guy he liked until the end of his life forty years later.

Another thing that I can't stop thinking about is the description of how the magazine Christopher Street opened in 1976, creating a space for a new generation of gay writers. The editors imagined that gay writers would have desks stuffed with unpublished gay-themed work that they could now send to Christopher Street. But in fact all the submissions were newly-written. This makes so much sense to me. Writers aren't morons. Generally we don't write for magazines that don't exist. And that makes me think two things, 1) That is as true today as it ever was. What are the holes in our literature now? What is not getting written? What audiences don't get to read stories that reflect them? Because I'm a YA writer, the first thing that comes to mind is that there is no YA novel about a transgender character that is written by a writer who is transgender. Where are the YA editors who are not just open to transgender stories, but who will go down in history for recruiting and championing the Great American Transgender YA Novel? 2) But some writers ARE that crazy, to write for markets that the publishing industry does not believe exist. That's what all the Eminent Outlaws in this book did. Thanks, guys! Much appreciated. I do get a real sense of "standing on their shoulders."

The section on the Eighties was a big downer, as you can imagine. It's tough to read about all these promising writers dying, or their friends and lovers dying. I was a little surprised at what a negative portrayal Larry Kramer got. Some of the things that he did that Bram described as "shooting himself in the foot" seemed pretty sensible to me (like leaving GMHC, which he had helped found, after not being invited to a meeting that he had made happen.) I also can't understand Bram's critique that Kramer criticized Mayor Koch too early and too often. Seriously? How could that even be possible? Larry Kramer clearly had a harsh, abrasive personality and gave unwarranted bad reviews to other writers. But he doesn't seem any worse in those departments than James Baldwin or Truman Capote, and they were described lovingly. I think maybe it's because unpleasant literary pioneers are cast in a warm glow of forgiveness once they are dead, and their struggles are not our struggles so we can't be so judgmental. Whereas Larry Kramer is a contemporary figure and, I dunno, maybe Bram has seen him at a party being a jerk and he just can't stand the guy.

My favorite part of the Eighties section, and not just because it was peppy and upbeat, was the part about Charles Ludlam. I saw Charles Ludlam as Camille and I saw The Mystery of Irma Vep, and as funny as the parts Bram quotes are, they were even more funny in real life. Those plays were probably the funniest things I have ever seen, so it was a pleasure to read about them.

I learned a lot from this book, like who the Publishing Triangle's Ferro-Grumley awards are named after. (I always figured it was some guy named Ferro-Grumley, but no.) And I learned about a bunch of writers I had never heard of, like Matt Crowley, Melvin Dixon, and Frank O'Hara (I had kind of vaguely heard of him, but had him mixed up in my head with both John O'Hara and Frank O'Connor.) And Eminent Outlaws has made me want to read or re-read some of the novels mentioned in it. I have to say that my least favorite aspect was Bram's literary evaluations, comments like that Gore Vidal was smarter than Tennessee Williams, or what James Baldwin's worst novel was. But I think that's the price you pay to read literary history.

If you've never heard of all these people and you think you'd find this book boring, I really doubt it. I got Eminent Outlaws out of the library at the recommendation of my high school art teacher/Facebook friend. It looked so long and dull that I left it unread and kept renewing it. Only when I could renew it no longer and it was coming due did I crack it open, promising to read at least fifty pages before I gave up. Twenty pages and I was totally sucked in. It's seriously dynamite. Famous people wander in and out of the book, in little incidents like JFK getting cruised, Ian McKellen deciding to come out, Jerome Robbins dancing with Lauren Bacall, Lincoln Kirstein coming up with the title "Breakfast at Tiffany's." I don't have the expertise to judge, but it sure seemed like a solidly-researched, factually-accurate book to me. I think it's a work for the ages.
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jollyavis | 6 outras críticas | Dec 14, 2021 |



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