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VIVA, Find Your Voice: Review

VIVA: Find Your Voice Directed by Paddy Breathnach Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by Alina Oswald “Why is everyone on this island addicted to drama?” Luis Alberto Garcia’s character, Mama,...

Tim Murphy: Advocate

One Building, Many Stories In a new novel, writer & activist Tim Murphy revisits the early days of AIDS by John Francis Leonard Activism, journalism, advocacy, and...

Peeling Back the Layers: Review

Peeling Back the Layers: A Story of Trauma, Grace and Triumph by Lawayne Childrey Outskirts Press Reviewed by T.J. Banks God, someone once said, comes through the wound....

When We Rise: Review

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones Hachette Book Group Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Writing a compelling memoir can be a delicate art....

Mark Olmsted: Advocate

Creativity as a Survival Tool In prison Mark Olmsted wrote his way back to sobriety and sanity by Larry Buhl Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Sean Black With...

Clean: Nonfiction by Norman Belanger

  Are you clean?” my Grindr date asks me. He’s cute and young, about thirty, give or take. His name is Kenny. “What do you mean?”...

“Albert’s Prayer”: Fiction by Marie Esposito

Albert's Prayer by Marie Esposito Albert wore a silver cross in his left ear. It dangled like a hanged man. A new Eartha Kitt song, “Where...

Christodora: Review

Christodora by Tim Murphy Grove Press Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Christodora is a brilliantly wrought novel epic in scope, but executed with a deft and sure hand....

Art & Understanding Anthology

Art & Understanding Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U Eds. Chael Needle & Diane Goettel Black Lawrence Press   Literature can form a counternarrative to the “official”...

How to Survive a Plague: Review

How to Survive a Plague The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France Alfred A. Knopf Reviewed by John Francis Leonard I love the...

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Friends have brought to my attention that my For the Long Run columns for A&U have all dealt with rather somber subjects—overcoming survivor’s guilt,...

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