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Courting Mr. Lincoln : did Joshua Speed really win his heart?

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Much has been written about the special friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. Louis Bayard’s novel is a fictional take, told from the views of Mary Todd and Speed. Since Lincoln and Speed almost always spoke to each other using surnames, I will do the same. Mary Todd relocated to Springfield, Illinois to live … Continue reading



Stephen Coy reviews ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’ by Andrea Lawlor

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Set in Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, Paul is a queer theory student and works as a bartender. Though described as “quiet and white…like the whole state,” there is a sizable quotient of liberal, progressive students, released from their previous mundane environments and thrust into a whirlwind of new experiences. Paul’s experiences … Continue reading



Stephen Coy reviews Michael Carroll’s ‘Stella Maris & Other Key West Stories’ : a thoroughly enjoyable, layered assemblage of stories

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Little Reef, Michael Carroll’s previous collection was a thoroughly enjoyable, layered assemblage of stories set in Florida and populated with gay men. His new collection follows a similar path but presents work that is more challenging, yet just as good. The inner voices of the characters may sometime seem scattered or hard to follow, especially … Continue reading



Stephen Coy loves the shockingly brutal honest of Crystal Rasmussen’s hilarious Diary of a Drag Queen

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  Tom Rasmussen and his alter ego, Crystal Rasmussen, grew up in Lancashire, England. Now identified as non-binary, the preferred pronouns are they/them/their.  Though from modest beginnings, they became a sensation, at least in their own mind. Anyone who is a bit uptight, or even skittish, might find the brutal honesty a bit much.  Their … Continue reading



DON’T TELL ME TO WAIT : How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency

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  Kerry Eleveld worked as a Washington correspondent for The Advocate, then moved on to Equality Matters, a division of Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog. In those roles, she witnessed and wrote about the cultural transformations which took place during President Obama’s tenure and changed the entire landscape of LGBTQ rights. From this … Continue reading



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