Tag: Edmund White

  • Stonewall 1979: The Politics of Drag

    Most people feel awkward around drags — uneasy, even frightened. So many of our social responses are dictated by our recognition of someone’s gender, which we generally assume coincides with his or her sex. Confronting a man dressed as a woman jams our social signals and frustrates our habitual social responses. If we can be temporarily […]

  • The Adventures of Mao on the Long March: A Marathon Reading

    Walter Mosley, Lydia Davis, Kurt Andersen, Deborah Eisenberg, Francine du Plessix Gray, John Guare, A.M. Homes, Edmund White, Oscar Hijuelos, Patricia Marx, and a host of others will all be involved in this marathon reading of Frederic Tuten’s noted 1971 noted novel. Hosted by The New Inquiry, BOMB Magazine, and ForYourArt, it’s part of New […]

  • QUEER READS

    Don’t know your Sarah Waters from your Edmund White? Get with the program at the LGBT Center’s first annual Rainbow Book Fair, where vendors and publishers of thousands of pages of gay literature will be peddling their wares. Authors will also be on hand for readings and signings, such as playwright Norman Beim (The Tyranny […]

  • Authorial License Hangs Over Edmund White’s Terre Haute

    From Jean Genet to Truman Capote to Norman Mailer, the 20th century is riddled with writers who set off to chronicle the evil that men do, and returned smitten—”enthralled,” in Genet’s words. The esteemed novelist (and Genet biographer) Edmund White makes his own contribution to this genre by proxy with the crisply acted and intermittently […]

  • Hustle and Glow: Edmund White Tackles

    I have always disliked it when people use the phrase “my story,” as though their life was a grand narrative that they could unspool in one giant gust of telling, if only they could take a deep enough breath. It’s not the egalitarian idea that everyone has a story which bothers me, but the singularity […]

  • A Tale of Two Fannys

    Fanny is the portrait of two ladies erased by history. In 1829, Frances “Fanny” Wright was the most controversial woman in America: the first female to speak out against slavery, a leading labor activist, a proto-suffragette, and the founder of a utopian commune. Rather than resurrect her forgotten life in a biography, Edmund White has […]

  • AIDS Culture: The Next Wave

    This June marks the 20th anniversary of the moment when AIDS entered our consciousness. In that time, the epidemic has wrought enormous changes in style and sensibility, but some of these shifts are hard to see—or perhaps we’d rather not see them. Like all social traumas, AIDS begets forgetting, and new treatments have given artists […]

  • Amour No More

    To the trio of avowedly autobiographical novels—A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, each rather less impressive than its predecessor—that chronicled Edmund White’s life through the mid ’80s, the author now appends The Married Man. In it he tells the story that leaked into The Farewell Symphony and shadowed […]