Bookmark: November, 2013
Robert Siek’s Purpose and Devil Piss (Sibling Rivalry Press) chronicles a decade in the life of the Brooklyn-based poet, with poems that wittily and insightfully capture the queer quotidian: gym culture, dentist appointments, menial jobs and, naturally, plenty of sex. Siek’s diaristic tone (and his ability to make light of his darker subject matter) makes for an inviting and appealing debut.
Before (or after) seeing the much-buzzed-about steamy lesbian film adaptation, be sure to check out the original Blue is the Warmest Color (Arsenal Pulp Press), a graphic novel by French author/illustrator Julie Maroh. Critically acclaimed when it was first published in France, the English translation is now available in paperback.
Fashion lovers rejoice! In conjunction with the exhibit at the Museum at FIT, Yale University Press has now released A Queer History of Fashion: From Closet to Catwalk, edited by Valerie Steele. With contributions by some of the most respected minds in queer and fashion scholarship today—as well as 100 color illustrations—A Queer History is both an intellectually rigorous read and a beautiful object destined for New York City coffee tables.