Literature

Polly's sexual (r)evolution

SEX ISSUE The queen of Kinky Salon pens a raw and revealing new memoir

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There's been more than one Polly, the author and namesake of the new memoir Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary. That may be true for each of us as we engage with different interests and identities during our sexual development, but Polly has distilled her psychosexual journey down to three distinct personas that she assumed along the way.Read more »

A broad abroad

Kristin Newman on her hilarious travel memoir 'What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding'

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A high price

'Denali's Howl' investigates a 50-year-old climbing tragedy

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LIT Andy Hall was five years old in 1967, a kid living at the base of Denali, North America's tallest peak. His father, a National Park Service veteran, took a job overseeing Mount McKinley National Park (as it was then called) just months before a climbing party known as the Wilcox Expedition encountered a freak storm near the summit. Seven of its 12 members died in one of the mountain's most enduring tragedies.Read more »

Brilliant exodus

Arthur Szyk's 1930s Haggadah packs fresh visual punch.

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Lucifer is such a drag

'The Weirdness' is Faust in the Information Age, with a strong dose of ironic detachment

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LIT In this workaday world we live in, it's good to inject a little weirdness. Mix in moments of the metaphysical and dabs of the divine into our banal, everyday existence. And you can start by grabbing a copy of The Weirdness (Melville House, 288 pp., $16.95) and letting novelist Jeremy P. Bushnell do it for you.Read more »

Scream team

Movie guide 'Hidden Horror' is for fans, by fans

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Even bloodthirsty know-it-alls will unearth fresh meat — and titles worth revisiting — in Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks (Kitley's Krypt, 312 pp., $17.95). Edited by Chicago-based blogger and actor Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen (Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies), the book contains enthusiastic essays by 101 different authors, including scribes from Fangoria, Rue Morgue, and HorrorHound magazines.Read more »

In the cut

Poet Randall Mann's breakthrough 'Straight Razor' slices into gay life now

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LIT "Everywhere the gay narrative in this country is about freedom, but the reality doesn't match up. I'm interested in exploring the corners that aren't free — from bullied queer children killing themselves to the elaborate social prisons we concoct for ourselves online," Randall Mann told me. Read more »

Writing in the dark

True-crime author Harold Schechter talks murder and 'The Mad Sculptor'

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LIT True-crime fans will know the name Harold Schechter: the prolific author and Queens College professor has written books on such nefarious characters as H.H. Holmes, Albert Fish, and Ed Gein, as well as mystery novels centered around Edgar Allan Poe. His latest is The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest, 386 pp., $24 hardcover, $9.99 eBook). Read more »

The language of hope

With its current poet laureate, SF's literary scene is enjoying a poesía en español renaissance

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By Fernando Andres Torres

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