A Chosen Landscape

Author: Jon W. Finson
ISBN: 1522803556
Release Date: 2016-10-11

Often bawdy, always lyric, and sometimes romantic, A Chosen Landscape relates the tale of a young gay professor among the pleasures, temptations, and hypocrisies of life at a university in the Bible Belt. He journeys through the rich sexual country of this wickedly involuted world, usually titillated but often unsatisfied by his carnal escapades. Whether he can discover his chosen landscape in the duplicitous society of a smug Southern academic town remains to be seen."Here follows a gay wanderer's song cycle about his earlier years. In this genre a young man leaves home for the wider world in search of his fortune and some amorous exploits (perhaps even a mate). . . . Such lyrical fables conclude in one of two ways: with a chanson about arrival in a chosen landscape or about the wayfarer's last end. Enjoy the voyage as far as it goes. I did."

A Time of Confidences

Author: Jon W. Finson
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1500232092
Release Date: 2014-07-03
Genre: Fiction

"When we mourn our youth in later years, we do not regret our physical losses so much as our capacity for swift, generous affection and intuitive companionship." In this romantic and scenic novel of coming out, Scott Van Met journeys to Boulder, Colorado for summer school. There he encounters the magnificent landscape of the front range and the extraordinary beauty of David Stolz. David not only guides Scott through a series of hikes and climbs in the Colorado Rockies but also to a profound revelation of unexpected sexuality. Their adventures unfold over a period of just eight weeks that coalesce in an exquisite singularity.

The Fall of Valor Valancourt 20th Century Classics

Author: Charles Jackson
ISBN: 1943910480
Release Date: 2016-07-26

Charles Jackson (1903-1968) achieved international success with his first book, The Lost Weekend (1944), a groundbreaking novel about alcoholism that sold more than 600,000 copies and was adapted for an Academy Award-winning film version. Jackson followed this triumph with a novel that was even more daring, The Fall of Valor (1946), arguably the first major American novel to deal openly with the theme of homosexuality. The Fall of Valor is an unflinching portrayal of a marriage that has faded to a mere duty. John and Ethel Grandin take a summer vacation to Nantucket with the hope of recapturing the happiness they felt in the early days of their relationship. But instead the holiday blasts their marriage wider apart than ever when John falls hopelessly in love with a handsome marine captain. This edition features a new introduction by Michael Bronski, who argues that Jackson's novel deserves rediscovery and a place alongside later classics such as Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar, Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead, and the works of James Baldwin. "A finer and more skilful work than [The Lost Weekend] ... a milestone in our literary progress." - Saturday Review "A courageous, ruthlessly probing book." - Thomas Mann "One of the best books I've ever read." - Book Week

Encyclopedia of Television Shows

Author: Vincent Terrace
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476630946
Release Date: 2017-12-08
Genre: Performing Arts

 This is a supplement to the author’s Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925–2010. It covers 1,612 series broadcast between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2016. Major networks—ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC—are covered along with many cable channels, such as AMC, Disney, Nickelodeon, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, TNT, Comedy Central and History Channel. Alphabetical entries provide storylines, casts, networks and running dates. A performer index is included.

Robert Schumann

Author: Jon W. Finson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674026292
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

Arguably no other nineteenth-century German composer was as literate or as finely attuned to setting verse as Robert Schumann. Finson challenges long-standing assumptions about Schumann's Lieder, engaging traditionally held interpretations. Arranged in part thematically, rather than merely by strict compositional chronology, this book speaks to the heart of Schumann's music.