Beneath the Skin: The Collected Essays of John Rechy
When John Rechy broke out in 1963 as the bestselling author of City of Night, his novel about the underworld of gay male prostitution, he became a source for provocative commentary on sex, homosexuality, and culturally transgressive literature for publications as varied as the New York Times, The Nation, the Advocate, and Forum. Beneath the Skin collects more than four decades of the author's outspoken essays--many never before reprinted and almost none ever appearing previously in book form. Rechy holds forth on topics ranging from the birth of the sexual liberation movement, the rise of Anita Bryant, and the emergence of AIDS to sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and last year's repeal of sodomy laws. Beneath the Skin also includes pieces on gay and lesbian authors such as Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, Christopher Isherwood, Carson McCullers, and Elizabeth Bowen, and non-gay figures like Philip Roth, William T. Vollman, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as essays on Madonna, Tom Cruise, Eminem, Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, and the gay silent film star Ramon Novarro.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lilithcat - LibraryThing
The earliest of these essays is from 1958, the latest from 2004. Naturally, there is some repetition of ideas. They range from essays about other writers (he's virulent about Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde) to the portrayal of homosexuality in film to politics, past and present. Read full review
Beneath the skin: the collective essaysUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
When Rechy's novel, City of the Night , burst onto the scene in 1963, it was both lauded and attacked as one of the first unrepentant chronicles of gay male sexuality. Since then, Rechy has published ... Read full review