Book Launch: Jack Parlett Presents Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise, in conversation with Bill Goldstein

 
June 13th
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Seaport
RSVP Required - see below

*AN ADVOCATE BEST LGBTQ+ BOOK OF 2022*

A groundbreaking account of New York's Fire Island, chronicling its influence on art, literature, culture and queer liberation over the past century


Fire Island, a thin strip of beach off the Long Island coast, has long been a vital space in the queer history of America. Both utopian and exclusionary, healing and destructive, the island is a locus of contradictions, all of which coalesce against a stunning ocean backdrop.

Now, poet and scholar Jack Parlett tells the story of this iconic destination--its history, its meaning and its cultural significance--told through the lens of the artists and creators who sought refuge on its shores. Together, figures as divergent as Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, Carson McCullers, Frank O'Hara, Patricia Highsmith, and Jeremy O. Harris tell the story of a queer space in constant evolution.

Transporting, impeccably researched, and gorgeously written, Fire Island is the definitive book on an iconic American destination and an essential contribution to queer history.

 

We ask that all guests show proof of vaccination and encourage masks on the night. 


Jack Parlett is a writer, poet, and scholar. He is the author of The Poetics of Cruising: Queer Visual Culture from Whitman to Grindr, published by the University of Minnesota Press, and Same Blue, Different You, a chapbook. He holds a Junior Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford, where he teaches American literature and literary theory. His essays have appeared in Poetry London, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. He lives in Oxford.

 

 

 

 

Bill Goldstein reviews books and interviews authors for NBC's Weekend Today in New York, and was the founding editor of the New York Times books website. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Goldstein received a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is writing a biography of Larry Kramer, to be published by Crown, and worked on the book as a 2019-2020 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. His book, The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year that Changed Literature, was published in 2017.

 

 

 

 

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