“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.

“Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940” by George Chauncey

It's sometimes frustrating to me that gay history pre-Stonewall is routinely treated as less relevant than the decades after the riots set forth a nearly linear surge of progression. So reading George Chauncey's exhaustive documentation of how gay people forged a culture in New York before World War II was riveting. Chauncey details the secret …