Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Phallos, The Village

Further gay reading for the literate commuter.
May 10, 2013


Beloved gay humorist David Sedaris returns with a new book of personal essays—and his same winning wit and offbeat charm. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (Little, Brown and Co.) finds Sedaris traveling the world, remembering his father, occasionally adopting the personas of provincial Americans and embracing potentially awkward medical procedures. 
Fans of out science fiction giant (and critic, academic, etc.) Samuel R. Delany will be happy to revisit an expanded, retooled version of his 2004 novella Phallos (Wesleyan University Press). Three essays and a new afterword now supplement this sprawling, erotic story-within-a-story-within-a-story, set primarily in the Mediterranean during Hadrian’s imperial rule.
For a reminder of what Greenwich Village used to be fifty years ago—and a crash course in the neighborhood’s much longer history—check out cultural critic John Strausbaugh’s new nonfiction book The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village (Ecco). The material couldn’t be richer, and Strausbaugh tells the story of the famed center of progressive New York culture with passion and style.