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Posted on June 9, 2014 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Positively Literary, The Arts

1Voice/1Play/1Day Project1Voice Honors Women with a Staged Reading of For Colored Girls… by Chael Needle Project1VOICE, a national organization that seeks to strengthen and promote African-American theater arts, is returning once again with its fourth-annual 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY, an event when, as its title implies, a diverse array of theaters and institutions will be projecting in one [...]

Boystown 5: Murder Book

Posted on May 20, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Boystown 5: Murder Book Marshall Thorton MLR Press Reviewed by Sally Hessney Boystown 5: Murder Book, the fifth installment in Marshall Thornton’s hardboiled detective series, opens with a bombshell. Private investigator Nick Nowak’s lover, Bert Harker, has been murdered by a serial killer called the Bughouse Slasher. Shattered, Nick has the presence of mind to [...]

Mothers and Sons

Posted on May 5, 2014 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Positively Literary, The Arts

[DRAMA] Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally Golden Theatre Reviewed by Alina Oswald You read the title. Skim over the brief summary. Think you know what Mothers and Sons, a recent play by four-time Tonywinner Terrence McNally, is all about. And yet, nothing prepares you for what unfolds in front of your eyes, when sitting [...]

Christopher Hewitt Award 2014

Posted on April 25, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Christopher Hewitt Award Call for Entries for 2014 Literary Award UPDATE: The deadline for the 2014 Christopher Hewitt Award has been extended to July 1, 2014. A&U is currently accepting entries for the second annual Christopher Hewitt Award. (A list of last year’s winners and runners-up can be viewed here.) Fiction/Poetry/Drama/Nonfiction contest An award will [...]

I Loved You More

Posted on April 16, 2014 by in Positively Literary

I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer Hawthorne Books Reviewed by Sally Hessney Tom Spanbauer’s latest novel, I Loved You More, is about a writer, Ben Grunewald, who is left bereft and brokenhearted after a rift opens up between him and his best friend, Hank Christian. The rift is caused by Ben’s other friend, Ruth [...]

Logic as the Second Person Singular

Posted on April 14, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Logic as the Second Person Singular AIDS sufferers in Papua New Guinea have been buried alive by their terrified relatives….If they killed the victims with a machete it would expose them to infection, they believe. —The Telegraph, August 28, 2007 The birds are gone, it’s all dead now so you can stop taking pictures of [...]

Memorial Quilt

Posted on April 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Memorial Quilt The last time we kissed our friend, was in upstate New York. She lived off a patch of gravel-strewn lane where willows overhang the road’s shoulder and the light’s raked retreat can mask subtle patterns ahead: a scrap of lawn, hoarfrost, the taut chill of breath. Where, slowly, silver branches switch and set [...]

Where Ghosts Come From

Posted on March 27, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Where Ghosts Come From Fiction by Christian Hanz Lozada The family knows Dad hated mahu, gays. After 20 years here, an American wife and kids, he still acted fresh off the boat to the core, haunted by a wife who hurt his machismo. But he hurt his masculine image when he changed from engineering to [...]

Ethel Merman

Posted on March 25, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Reviewed by Nancy Ellegate Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa…and Me by Tony Cointreau Prospecta Press Reviewed by Nancy Ellegate Ethel Merman and Mother Teresa? Both were “other mothers” to Tony Cointreau whose family had made a fortune from the liqueur of the same name. He grew up well-off in New York City, with regular visits to [...]

Body Counts

Posted on March 11, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Body Counts A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival by Sean Strub Simon & Schuster Reviewed by Larry Buhl Even those intimately familiar with the darkest days of the AIDS crisis might not know Sean Strub. Diagnosed with HIV in 1985, Strub protested with ACT UP at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and and was part [...]