Secret Historian

Author: Justin Spring
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429932945
Release Date: 2010-08-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago's notorious South State Street, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research. During the early 1960s, Steward changed his name and identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat pro-homosexual pornography under the name of Phil Andros. Until today he has been known only as Phil Sparrow—but an extraordinary archive of his papers, lost since his death in 1993, has provided Justin Spring with the material for an exceptionally compassionate and brilliantly illuminating life-and-times biography. More than merely the story of one remarkable man, Secret Historian is a moving portrait of homosexual life long before Stonewall and gay liberation. Secret Historian is a 2010 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.


Author: David Sedaris
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641135676
Release Date: 2013-12-11
Genre: Fiction

Willkommen in der haarsträubenden Welt des David Sedaris. Sedaris packt die gegenwärtige Autobiographienmode beim sprichwörtlichen Schlafittchen und erklärt das weite Feld seines Lebens und das seiner Familie zum Minenfeld. In siebzehn Geschichten erzählt er von seinen Betätigungen als halbwüchsiger Tramper, Apfelpflücker, Möchtegern-Schauspieler, Collegestudent oder Nudist – witzig, anrührend, exzentrisch, pingelig und zutiefst charmant.

The Homoerotics of Orientalism

Author: Joseph A. Boone
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231521826
Release Date: 2014-02-25
Genre: Literary Criticism

One of the largely untold stories of Orientalism is the degree to which the Middle East has been associated with “deviant” male homosexuality by scores of Western travelers, historians, writers, and artists for well over four hundred years. And this story stands to shatter our preconceptions of Orientalism. To illuminate why and how the Islamicate world became the locus for such fantasies and desires, Boone deploys a supple mode of analysis that reveals how the cultural exchanges between Middle East and West have always been reciprocal and often mutual, amatory as well as bellicose. Whether examining European accounts of Istanbul and Egypt as hotbeds of forbidden desire, juxtaposing Ottoman homoerotic genres and their European imitators, or unlocking the homoerotic encoding in Persian miniatures and Orientalist paintings, this remarkable study models an ethics of crosscultural reading that exposes, with nuance and economy, the crucial role played by the homoerotics of Orientalism in shaping the world as we know it today. A contribution to studies in visual culture as well as literary and social history, The Homoerotics of Orientalism draws on primary sources ranging from untranslated Middle Eastern manuscripts and European belles-lettres to miniature paintings and photographic erotica that are presented here for the first time.

Black tattoo art

Author: Marisa Kakoulas
Publisher: Edition Reuss Germany
ISBN: 3934020712
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

Text in English & German. This amazing book is a photographic journey across the globe -- from Borneo to Belgium, Argentina to Athens, New York to New Zealand and beyond -- in search of avant-garde tattoo art that pays homage to the ancient roots of tattooing in their contemporary interpretations. No other publication has curated the work of so many esteemed international tattooists working in black ink and gathered them into one comprehensive volume. The journey begins with a look at the history of tattooing before featuring black tattoo portfolios divided into the following chapters: Neotribal, Dotwork, Art Brut, Traditional Revival and Thai/Buddhist.

The Gourmands Way

Author: Justin Spring
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374711740
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A biography of six writers on food and wine whose lives and careers intersected in mid-twentieth-century France During les trente glorieuses—a thirty-year boom period in France between the end of World War II and the 1974 oil crisis—Paris was not only the world’s most delicious, stylish, and exciting tourist destination; it was also the world capital of gastronomic genius and innovation. The Gourmands’ Way explores the lives and writings of six Americans who chronicled the food and wine of “the glorious thirty,” paying particular attention to their individual struggles as writers, to their life circumstances, and, ultimately, to their particular genius at sharing awareness of French food with mainstream American readers. In doing so, this group biography also tells the story of an era when America adored all things French. The group is comprised of the war correspondent A. J. Liebling; Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein’s life partner, who reinvented herself at seventy as a cookbook author; M.F.K. Fisher, a sensualist and fabulist storyteller; Julia Child, a television celebrity and cookbook author; Alexis Lichine, an ambitious wine merchant; and Richard Olney, a reclusive artist who reluctantly evolved into a brilliant writer on French food and wine. Together, these writer-adventurers initiated an American cultural dialogue on food that has continued to this day. Justin Spring’s The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at them as a group and to specifically chronicle their Paris experiences.


Author: Harald Weinrich
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406448186
Release Date: 2005
Genre: German literature

River Mother

Author: Justin Spring
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1515106411
Release Date: 2015-12-22

RIVER MOTHER: The Face of the Sphinx is the story of an extraordinary female shaman and leader of a hunter-gatherer tribe living between the second and third cataracts in Nubia. The story is set in the Proto-Egyptian Mother Goddess period c. 6000 B.C. and is told by River Mother herself. She begins by describing her birth and early life followed by the shamanic training and prophetic visions that eventually drive her to journey to the Nile delta where her spiritual beliefs are challenged by the somewhat different beliefs of Semitic tribes immigrating into the delta from the north. She rises to that challenge by becoming a great visionary leader whose impact on the spiritual and physical lives of the delta's inhabitants eventually brings them to honor her as a living Goddess by carving her face on a rocky outcropping on the Giza plateau-an outcropping that was gradually transformed over time into what we now know as the Great Sphinx of Giza. Although River Mother is a fictional character, her story is not a fantasy. It is rooted in the known artistic, cultural, Weathering, and historical facts of that period.


Author: Val McDermid
ISBN: 3426507269
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Clinical psychologists

"Als die verstümmelte Leiche der jungen Jennifer gefunden wird, ist DCI Carol Jordan sofort klar, dass ein extrem gefährlicher Psychopath am Werk ist. Und tatsächlich: weitere Morde folgen. Alle Opfer waren vierzehn Jahre alt, immer hat sie der Killer übers Internet kontaktiert. Carol will Profiler Tony Hill auf den Fall ansetzen--doch als dieser von seiner Vergangenheit eingeholt wird, scheint niemand mehr den Killer aufhalten zu können"--Page 4 of cover.