Read Smut.

Classic is not a word that generally should be used about contemporary fiction.  It’s probably best not to use the word until at least fifty years after publication–when the critical reception has at last been settled. Nevertheless, Alan Bennett’s new book already feels like a classic to me. Two long short stories comprise Alan Bennett’s […]

Jack Holmes and His Friend: Edmund White’s Wisest and Funniest

Edmund White’s new novel, Jack Holmes and his Friend tells the stories of two men–one straight and one gay–in the nineteen sixties and seventies.  It isn’t surprising that Mr. White brilliantly describes the story of Jack Holmes–the gay character.  (He covered similar territory in his memoir City Boy.) The big surprise of this book is […]