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100 BOYFRIENDS by BRONTEZ PURNELL reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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Brontez Purnell is a flaming powerhouse of creativity: writer, dancer, singer, filmmaker. Impressively restless and productive. His latest outing is this bold, sassy, sexy roulette wheel of a book in which he celebrates the marginal, the promiscuous, the lovelorn, the endlessly horny, hookers and hook-ups, fuck buddies and fuck-ups. I read it first in a … Continue reading



A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance : review by Jonathan Kemp

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“Pakistani culture visits the crimes of the child on his parents. I would shame them more than myself. It would be them, not me, at the forefront of public scorn and ridicule”, writes Mohsin Zaidi in this powerful memoir, and to understand this is to understand the entire nature and timbre of his dilemma, and … Continue reading



Alone : Thomas Moore reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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  “The door closes. He’s gone. I’m alone.” Moore’s narrator feels he’s hard-wired for abandonment, allergic to reciprocated love, only happy when he’s being rejected. Loneliness is the one constant in his life, the one companion that never leaves. “Loneliness can be the greatest gift”, he says. The fragmented nature of the text mirrors the … Continue reading



Before I Was A Bear : an engaging and funny story about growing up

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  Before I Was A Bear ☆☆☆ By Eleanor Tindall The Bunker Theatre, London Nestled unobtrusively next to Menier Chocolate Factory, its more showy neighbour, is the Bunker Theatre. This former underground carpark is a welcome addition to London’s Off West End with a committed team and an eye for fresh new writing. Eleanor Tindall’s … Continue reading



“Closet Cases: Queers on What to Wear” reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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  Sartorial innovation has become something of a trademark, even a cliché or stereotype, of the (in)famous ‘homosexual sensibility’ (think Queer Eye). In Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, ‘Notes on Camp’, she writes: “A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about.” Better, perhaps, to show rather than tell, … Continue reading



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