Reading Group: 2004 Discussions

LGBT Community Center NYC The Gay & Lesbian Reading Group, based in New York City, is a friendly and diverse discussion group founded circa 1982. We welcome everyone interested in GLBT Literature, and appreciate all points of view. We read contemporary and classic works of GLBT-related fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. Join us the second Thursday of each month, 8:00pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC.

In addition to many GLBT Literature Resources, this site also archives information about the G&L Reading Group from 1997 to today, including all of the books we have discussed.

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Books Discussed in 2004

(in reverse chronological order)

 

Three Junes
December
2004
Three Junes – Julia Glass
2002 Novel

DISCUSSION – December 9, 2004

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Berlin Stories
November
2004
Berlin Stories – Christopher Isherwood
1939 Novel

DISCUSSION – November 11, 2004

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The Waves
October
2004
The Waves – Virginia Woolf
1931 Novel

DISCUSSION – October 14, 2004

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  • The Waves – Amazon.com resources: reviews, readers' comments, other works by the author. If you order a new or used copy here you help support this site – thanks!
  • Woolf as New York Times "Profiled Author" – the original NYT reviews, and more
  • Virginia Woolf Web – many resources, incl. Woolf Studies on Web
  • Introduction to Woolf – biography, criticism, and more
  • Works by Woolf which we have discussed previously:
  • Works by Woolf – Free, Unabridged Online Texts
  • Film Connection
    • Woolf film connections – from Internet Movie DataBase (IMDb)
    • Under The Sand (link to my review), French gay writer/director François Ozon draws on The Waves in this enigmatic, romantic – and very Woolfian – film (which may or may not be a ghost story). In one spellbinding scene star Charlotte Rampling, as an English Literature professor living in Paris, reads and discusses an extended excerpt from The Waves (Bernard's monologue which opens chapter 3), even as we see her own mind blending into that of Woolf's character.
    • Mrs. Dalloway (link to my review), from Dutch lesbian filmmaker Marleen Gorris, is the best picture I have seen of a book by Virignia Woolf. Gorris adapts Woolf's landmark 1925 stream of consciousness novel, Mrs. Dalloway (which we discussed in May 1998) with its structural and emotional richness not only intact but brilliantly reimagined for the screen.

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A Home at the End of the World
September
2004
A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
1990 Novel

DISCUSSION – September 9, 2004

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  • A Home at the End of the World – Amazon.com resources: reviews, readers' comments, other works by the author. If you order a new or used copy here you help support this site – thanks!
  • Cunningham (qlbtq.com) – excellent brief introduction
  • Cunningham (literati.net) – brief excerpts from reviews of his books, his postal mail address (c/o his publisher), more
  • Cunningham interview (pifmagazine.com) – informative; from 1998
  • Cunningham recommends five "sorely neglected" recent novels
  • We discussed Cunningham's The Hours in April 2000 – here are resources for that novel plus a brief summary of our discussion NOTE: I added several resources for The Hours in May 2004 which had not been available earlier
  • Recent Gay Male American Literature – explore the author in relation to contemporary gay writing
  • Gay Male Novel – for an historical literary context
  • GLBT Fiction & Film Group event for The Hours (tentative) – to tie in with our discussion of Cunningham's first novel. At this free event guests will share a friendly potluck dinner, discuss Cunningham's novel The Hours, then together watch the film version and discuss it as well. Details of The Hours event, and sign-ups, will only be 'in person' at the Reading Group monthly discussions beginning.
  • Film Connection

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The Book of Salt
August
2004
The Book of Salt – Monique Truong
2003 Novel

DISCUSSION – August 14, 2004

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  • The Book of Salt – Amazon.com resources: reviews, readers' comments, other works by the author. If you order a new or used copy here you help support this site – thanks!
  • Truong interview (ReadersRead.com) – covers all major aspects of the novel; from May 2003
  • Truong interview (BookBrowse.com) – includes link to brief author bio
  • Truong interview (Time Magzine – Asia edition) – she discusses her feelings about Vietnam (issue of August 18–25, 2003)
  • Review of The Book of Salt (MostlyFiction.com)
  • Gertrude Stein resources – linked from this site (Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas are major figures in Truong's novel)
  • American Lesbian Literature, Post-Stonewall (glbtq.com) – see the author in relation to modern lesbian writing
  • Lesbian Novel – for an historical literary context
  • Film Connection
    • Paris Was A Woman (link to my review) – filmmaker Greta Schller's (Before Stonewall) illuminating and moving documentary about Paris's 1920s/30s Left Bank lesbian artistic circle, focusing on Gertrude Stein, Colette, and others
    • A film version of The Book of Salt has not yet been announced, but you are welcome to visit...
    • Jim's Film Website – featuring many original resources: over 30 "best" lists, guide to film, reviews, extensive section on GLBT Cinema and a Recommended GLBT Film of the Month.

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Sons and Lovers
July
2004
Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
1913 Novel

DISCUSSION – July 8, 2004

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Chelsea Girls
June
2004
Chelsea GirlsEileen Myles
1994 Autobiographical Stories

DISCUSSION – June 10, 2004

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You Are Not a Stranger Here
May
2004

You Are Not a Stranger HereAdam Haslett
2003 story collection

DISCUSSION – May 13, 2004

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The Black Prince
April
2004

The Black PrinceIris Murdoch
1973 novel

DISCUSSION – April 8, 2004

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Rough Music
March
2004

Rough MusicPatrick Gale
2000 novel

DISCUSSION – March 11, 2004

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The Death of the Heart
February
2004

The Death of the HeartElizabeth Bowen
1938 novel

DISCUSSION – February 12, 2004

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Middlesex
January
2004

MiddlesexJeffrey Eugenides
2002 novel

DISCUSSION – January 8, 2004

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Mozart's Complete Works — not GLBT related but the musical bargain of the decade. All 600+ works on 170 CDs — see my notes

 

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