Stephen Coy reviews BOY ERASED: a harrowing memoir of conversion therapy

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  Growing up I heard an oft-repeated joke about Church of Christ members.  As someone enters heaven, St. Peter leads him on a tour.  The newly ascended asks St. Peter, “Who is that group in the corner talking amongst themselves?”  St. Peter replies, “Shhh!  Those are Church of Christ-ers.  They think they are the only … Continue reading



Bill Cunningham was an original, a true character, in the best sense of the word.

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FASHION CLIMBING A MEMOIR WITH PHOTOGRAPHS By BILL CUNNINGHAM Preface by Hilton Als After Bill Cunningham died in 2016, his family found a memoir he had written about the earlier period of his life. It was an unexpected, and enjoyable, find. Most people remember Cunningham’s work as the photographer behind the On the Street and … Continue reading



Paul Flynn’s GOOD AS YOU : From Prejudice to Pride: 30 Years of Gay Britain is a terrific read

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In his review of 30 years of gay, pop culture, Paul Flynn begins with an auspicious moment in 1984 and the confluence of two, groundbreaking songs.  “Smalltown Boy” by Bronksi Beat and “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, were released in the same year.  The former was an achingly beautiful take on the pressures of … Continue reading



Stephen Coy reviews He’s Done Ever So Well for Himself by Justin David ‘a writer with keen skills of observation’.

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It would not be unusual for a reader to begin this book and think it a memoir. I did. A quick check on the jacket confirmed that it is a work of fiction. Perhaps there are people who are this funny in real life but most of us can only hope to encounter so many … Continue reading



Stephen Coy reviews LONDON TRIPTYCH by JONATHAN KEMP a book he feels really deserves more attention

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True to its title, this novel traffics in threes.  Alternating between three periods, with three main characters, it proceeds in chapters devoted to each.  Jack’s story begins in the 1890s, Colin in the 1950s and David in the 1980s.  Not until very late in the novel do you learn all of the connections among the … Continue reading



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