“The City and the Pillar” by Gore Vidal

The City and the Pillar was originally published in 1948. I account for history when I read pieces like this, so the ending I read (Vidal published a second ending after the first was criticized by even the book's admirers) was relatively expected. Vidal's narrative voice is exquisite but I found it harder to devour his fiction …

“The Gay Metropolis” by Charles Kaiser

  I'm currently halfway through this work and it's absolutely thrilling. In documenting the evolution of gay life and gay rights in America, Kaiser defines decades through anecdotes, rather than presenting a sterile or long-winded regurgitation of events. This format not only helps the reader retain defining characteristics of each decade from the 1940's to …

“All About ‘All About Eve'” by Sam Staggs

This is a rigorous look into the origins, development, and subsequent influence of one of my favorite movies ever. Though it feels somewhat like a tabloid at moments and Staggs occasionally grasps at straws to make connections that aren't there, it's exhaustively researched and I've never watched "All About Eve" the same since.