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Seanachie: A Boston Irish Storyteller and Part-Time Shaman

Books about place, magic, Faeries, Ireland, sex, God, and love

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New Orleans as It Was
Charles "Pie" Dufour, Henry C. Castellanos
New Orleans after the Civil War
Justin A. Nystrom
Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland (complete: First & Second Series)
Isabella Augusta Persse (Lady Gregory)
Bright Dead Things: Poems
Ada Limon
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson
Desire: Poems
Frank Bidart
Selected Poems 1976-2012
Jorie Graham
An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry
Wes Davis (Editor)
I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
Rajesh Parameswaran
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro

Best Gay Stories 2016

Best Gay Stories 2016 - Steve Berman Another solid collection of tales from editor Steve Berman and various authors, some of whom were familiar to me and some not. The collection is bookended by a pair of contemporary tales that upend standard gay tropes: a gay man who reverses his pilgrimage to San Francisco to return to where he grew up, and a gay couple whose chief worry at the exotic tropical wedding of a female friend is the premature child their surrogate mother is bringing into the world. In between are a number of tales that are less contemporary: the subject matter seems more nostalgic. In each, however, execution is strong. Among the best is a fantastic and elusive tale of three Hollywood screenwriters (one gay) and how their own lives become somewhat stranger and unfamiliar to them than the odd spectral late night TV program for which they write just before the 1960s turns everything on its head. If the collection lacks anything, it is a young gay ripped-from-the-headlines voice; this lack made the collection leisurely rather than urgent, but overall the diverse perspectives and strong voices made the reading a pleasure.