READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
Your monthly roundup of queer literature.
Modern Nature Derek Jarman
The Tempest and Carava io were cornerstones in camp cinema. In these diaries, their director, Derek Jarman, turns to nature and reflects on his life and work as he confronts an HIV diagnosis. With a new introduction from Olivia Laing.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lorde
This dizzying book is Audre Lorde’s life transmuted into myth, and a love letter to the women who made her. The poet, feminist and civil rights activist paints a life shaped by 1950s Harlem, filled with loss, yearning, strength and sensuality.
Logical Family Armistead Maupin
The creator of the beloved Tales of the City novels charts his evolution from a southern conservative to a gay rights pioneer. From North Carolina to San Francisco via Vietnam, this is a life steeped in the making of modern America, told by one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
Don’t Call Us Dead Danez Smith
This poetry collection finds a powerful writer mining a dark humour and profound hope from the intersection of blackness and queerness in America. Don’t Call Us Dead envisions a rebirth for black men shot by police, and explores desire and masculinity in charged, joyful verse.