The descriptive title "Queer Pulp Paperbacks" houses within it debates and complexities. First, many of the paperback novels called "pulps" were not, in fact, printed on pulp paper. The name stems from pulp magazines, named for the cheap pulp wood paper on which they were printed.
Considering so much of my career has been in gay media, that seems wrong. But what to write? Or does that just make his isolation more insulting?
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Pride Month is officially here and that can only mean one thing: time to load up your reading list with stellar queer stories. Of course, you should be mixing gay books into your to-be-read pile no matter what time of year, but this month, as you celebrate Pride, queer books can be the perfect way to explore the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ community. Fortunately for anybody looking for a great gay read, the book world is filled with a bevy of queer stories of all genres.
Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring, mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post-World War II era. Through them, Bronski challenges many long-held views of American postwar fiction and the rise of gay literature, as well as of the culture at large. Noting research that included reading "just over novels," cultural critic Bronski The Pleasure Principle delightfully chronicles gay pulp novels from their emergence in the late s through the post-Stonewall era in this expansive, exhaustively researched amalgam of fiction and gay history.
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The company published from until Launched in by Aubrey Walter, David Fernbach, and Richard Dipple, GMP, as it was known, was a pioneer publisher of gay, lesbian, and transgender books, the first and largest in England. The book business had been unwelcoming to GLBT writers, publishing only works of a homosexual nature deemed suitable for mainstream readers.
There are few things more satisfying than seeing oneself reflected in literature. And with increasing threats to civil liberties, representation matters more than ever. This year offers a veritable rainbow-colored cornucopia of the best LGBTQ books, including novelsmemoirsand poetry.