The show Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent opened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on February 13, 2020. I knew I wanted to go but figured I could wait a bit. As I write this in early June, we are in the midst of a pandemic; while the show will run through the end of September, I don’t know whether I will get to see it before it closes. Fortunately the Gardner put together a lovely catalog, so while it may not yet be possible to see the show in person, we can see the contents of the show in book form... >> Read more >>
The tale of Achilles and Patroclus, first recounted by Homer in the Iliad, is one of the great archetypes of male friendship. It has been told many times since, most recently by the gifted novelist Madeline Miller in her bestseller The Song of Achilles.
Achilles was one of the great heroes of the Greeks in the war against the Trojans, which started after the Trojan prince Paris abducted Helen, wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. As told in the Iliad, the war has dragged on for many years, when Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, takes from Achilles a Trojan maiden named Briseis, who had been awarded to him as a spoil of war... >> Read more >>
Herewith, a list of books that may be of interest to gay men, from fiction to photography to history. Not an authoritative list of “approved” gay books; just a selection of works that have at one time or other caught my eye, for better or worse. Read at your own risk!
- Fone, Byrne R.S. (ed.): The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998)
- Leavitt, David, and Mark Mitchell (eds.): The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994)
- Buonarroti, Michelangelo: David (Aurelio Amendola, 2014)
- Pollaiuolo, Antonio del: Battle of the Nudes: Pollaiuolo’s Renaissance Masterpiece (Shelley Langdale, 2002)
- Parkinson, R.B.: A Little Gay History (2013)
- Sargent, John Singer: Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent (Nathaniel Silver, ed.,