Five Good Queer-Friendly Coffee Table Books

Beat Memories:  The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg. Prestel Publishing.  Between 1953 and 1964, Allen Ginsberg took a lot of photographs–mostly of his friends:  Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Herbert Huncke.  Then he gave it up completely.  It wasn’t until the nineteen-eighties that Mr. Ginsberg returned to photography.  The process of cataloging these photos […]

Five Good Queer-Friendly Coffee Table Books: 2012

In alphabetical order: 1. David Hockney:  A Bigger Picture.  Abrams. David Hockney’s newest paintings are quite a departure from the California swimming pool scenes so often associated with him.  In these, Mr. Hockney uses bright colors in a semi-abstract style similar to the paintings displayed at his 2009 Pace Wildenstein show. This book of his […]

Five Good Queer-Friendly Coffee Table Books 2011

With the holidays upon us, it’s a good time to think about buying a high quality coffee table book as a gift. There are quite a lot of them to choose from this year.  Here are five that are good: 1.  Pilgrimage, Annie Leibovitz. There are no portraits in Annie Leibovitz’s new book.  And yet […]

Four Good Queer-Friendly Coffee Table Books: 2009

Here are four gift-able queer coffee table books–in no particular order: Gore Vidal’s Snapshots in History’ Glare. Mr. Vidal has assembled an amazing collection of photographs–mostly candids of him and his friends.  We see Paul Newman, Johnny Carson, Tennessee Williams and many others.  They are often positioned casually around a pool or at the beach–frequently […]