“Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed…”

This book was written by fellow Columbia alum, Darryl Pinckney, who last year gave a talk at the NYPL on 42nd Street in NYC (near my  former place of work).

Black Deutschland

by Darryl Pinckney

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*The New York Times Book Review*


Its the early 1980s, and Jed, a young man from Chicago with an addiction problem, is trying to flee his hometown’s suffocating racism and homophobia by expatriating himself to Berlin, a city he hopes will accept him and his desires as it did Christopher Isherwood’s (Berlin Stories) a half-century earlier.





The Mad Man: Or, The Mysteries of Manhattan

by Samuel R. Delany
520 pages

During the day Marr works on his graduate thesis—an analysis of the work of a brilliant 1970s philosopher who died mysteriously in a bar in Hell’s Kitchen. As his research and his sex life begin to converge, Marr senses that if AIDS doesn’t get him, something darker will.

<em>The Mad Man</em>, which the author dubbed a “pornotopic fantasy,” is more than a powerful work of philosophical erotica; it is a snapshot of a vanished moment in New York City’s history, when fear and lust commingled in a single powerful force.





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