On the NYT Notably Straight List: This Time with Recommendations!


In which The Gay Recluse updates an earlier post.

The other day we wrote about how depressingly straight the New York Times 2008 Notable Books list appeared to us. Guess what! Others agreed, and obv better informed than us, went one step further to recommend several gay-oriented titles deserving recognition:

Among the missing are National Book Award winner Mark Doty’s poetry Fire to Fire, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Daniel Mendelsohn’s essay collection How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken, NBCC winner Edmund White’s Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel, Benjamin Taylor’s novel The Book of Getting Even, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife, and Scott Heim’s We DisappearUPDATE: Charlene reminds me I forgot Andrew Sean Greer’s novel The Story of a Marriage. Overnight I remembered John Rechy’s memoir, About My Life and the Kept Woman.

(From Band of Thebes, via Are You Outside The Lines)

We’ll definitely be checking out some of these titles in the near future and will keep you posted! We encourage you to do the same and let us know what you think.

4 Responses to “On the NYT Notably Straight List: This Time with Recommendations!”

  1. Not sure if you caught this today, but thought you would be interested.


    Check out my burgeoning blog!


  2. Thanks, Carla! Will def check out yer blog, too!

  3. My fabulous collection of stories The Scent of Cinnamon isn’t there either! If you want to know more about it, read my interview with Jockohomo here: http://www.jockohomo.com/datapanik/?p=3379.

    OK, I know this is shameless self-promotion, but if I don’t do it, who will?

    And thanks for the comment over there, Gay Recluse. I appreciate it!

  4. Thanks Charles! We’re already ordered your book and look forward to reading!

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