Search Results: "Wayne Koestenbaum"


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MOIRA ORFEI IN AIGUES-MORTES by Wayne Koestenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Koestenbaum may be reaching to combine the mad genius of Pale Fire with the florid outlaw sexuality of Jean Genet, but his narrator has neither the wit of the former nor the nuance of the latter."
From poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, 1993, etc.), a first novel made up of the lunatic rantings of ailing concert pianist Theo Mangrove. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 1993

"Out of the closet and off the wall."
A wildly idiosyncratic attempt by Koestenbaum (English/Yale), who's gay, to establish opera as a paradigm of homosexuality. ``I hypothesize that opera's hypnotic hold over modern gay audiences has some connection to the erotic interlocking of words and music, two contrary symbolic systems with gendered attributes,'' Koestenbaum says. Read full book review >

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MY 1980S AND OTHER ESSAYS by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A challenging, rich, aesthetic autobiography and intellectual high-wire act that rarely falters."
Critical and personal essays from noted poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (English/CUNY Graduate Center; The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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JACKIE UNDER MY SKIN by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Whether rhapsodizing about the size of Jackie's head or sharing the reasons Jackie reminds him of Chiclets, Koestenbaum makes connections so personal that they provoke nothing more than wonder that an associate professor at Yale has so much time on his hands. (photos, not seen)"
The author of National Book Critics Circle Awardwinning The Queen's Throat (1993) embarks on another self-indulgent adventure in cultural criticism. Read full book review >

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HUMILIATION by Wayne Koestenbaum
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Insightful and blissfully free of jargon, Humiliation may not be the last word on the subject, but it's an accessible introduction."
A series of meditations on the concept of humiliation. Read full book review >

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WHY THE WEST WAS WILD by Wayne Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Readers after a truer picture would do better to decline his invitation in favor of studies closer to primary sources, such as Michael V. Uschan's Westward Expansion (2001) or Russell Freedman's Cowboys of the Wild West (1985). (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Swanson invites readers to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear when "pioneers" hot for gold or land invaded the "untamed lands in the West," drove fierce, faceless "Natives" into submission, transformed into cowboys or badmen (or both), and proceeded to either drink and gamble their meager wages away in saloons frequented by "hurdy-girls," or to be strung up by vigilantes. Read full book review >