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Books Come to Life After Dark: VIDEO


A delightful stop-motion video made by a Toronto couple who love books. They write:

We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto. Everything you see here can be purchased at Type Books. Grayson Matthews generously composed the beautiful, custom music. But none of it could have been done without all the volunteer hands who shelved and reshelved books all night, every night.


This seems like a perfect opportunity to repeat a question I asked of Towleroad readers one year ago tomorrow.

So, what book are you reading, or what have you just finished? Give us a brief summary and let us know if you like(d) it or not. Also, if you were going to see a book column in Towleroad, would you rather see individual reviews of books, a book club (group reading activity?), or something else?

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  1. Just finished Secret Historian:The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (fantastic!).

    Just bought Smut, new by the English writer Alan Bennett, and an oldie - City Boy by Edmund White.

    Posted by: David W | Jan 10, 2012 9:42:14 AM

  2. Finsihed it last week - "Room" by Emma Donoghue.. the BEST book I've read in ages since Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex"

    Narrated by a 5-year-old who's only known one room with his mom while he's been on Earth. Not a good (short) description but definitely deserves to be read.

    I'd prefer both options actually: book club and definitely reviews. But please don't go with the "catering to the cliched gay" books.

    Posted by: Jeff in Brooklyn | Jan 10, 2012 9:46:13 AM

  3. I'm reading The Hobbit for the 3rd time. I decided to pick it up again after watching the awesome movie trailer.

    Prior to that, I read all of The Song of Ice and Fire series (AKA Games of Thrones)... which were phenomenal, the best fantasy series ever.

    Posted by: endo | Jan 10, 2012 9:47:14 AM

  4. Just finished "Ganymede" by Cherie Priest a steampunk book in her clockwork century series, its the fourth book in the series with "Boneshaker" being the first. Great series well worth reading.

    Posted by: Akula | Jan 10, 2012 9:56:19 AM

  5. Just read all three of the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" novels. Obsessively good. Much, much, MUCH better than the movie (either the Swedish or American version).

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 10, 2012 9:57:10 AM

  6. Finished To End All Wars, A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild. Fascinating look at England and its effort in WWI alongside the resistance movement to the war and the beginning of the union movement. Highly recommended.

    Just starting The Lives of Rocks, a short story collection by Rick Bass.

    I'll read just about any book review you put up here.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Jan 10, 2012 10:03:03 AM

  7. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Gina Kolata. Gripping stuff, the pandemic caused between 50 to 100 million deaths. I don't read fiction, so it's stuff like this.

    I'd love a book review column but agree with Jeff in Brooklyn.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 10, 2012 10:05:29 AM

  8. The only gay book I read this past year was Hero by Perry Moore which I picked up after he died. I'm always on the lookout for good gay fiction, but it's very hard to find, and I'd love some sort of LGBT interest book column on Towleroad.

    Posted by: Kári Emil | Jan 10, 2012 10:06:38 AM

  9. I'm currently reading "Tales of Soldiers & Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce, a collection of short stories about the horrors of the Civil War and other macabre tales. Next in line is "Us" by Michael Kimball and I suppose "Eating Animal" by Johnathan Safran Foer, which was a gift.

    I would not participate in a book club but reviews would be good.

    Posted by: kirkyo | Jan 10, 2012 10:10:22 AM

  10. This is absolutely awesom! Great work!

    Posted by: | Jan 10, 2012 10:10:44 AM

  11. I just read Wayne Koestenbaum's Humiliation, which absolutely everybody should read. It'd be fun to require Rick Santorum to do a book report on it. Also the great Dennis Cooper's very great The Marbled Swarm and Natty Soltesz' Backwoods (one-handed reading).

    Other than that, just went through all the Josephine Tey mysteries at bedtime (Brat Farrar is kind of a masterpiece) and am re-reading William Godwin's Caleb Williams. I don't read a whole lot of gay-themed books. I agree that a book-club focus on one book--including "classics"--would be nice and so would book reviews. If you do book reviews, I hope you announce it, cause I'd like a chance to write some. I've done a lot of reviewing and have been a Lammy judge a number of times.

    Posted by: coolbear | Jan 10, 2012 10:25:17 AM

  12. just finished:

    "the map and the territory" by Michel Houllebecq

    "what we talk about when we talk about anne frank" by nathan englander

    currently reading (for the 3rd time)

    "Suttree" by Cormac McCarthy

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 10, 2012 10:25:38 AM

  13. I recently read "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers. It is the "book in common" in my town. A compelling story about a family in New Orleans during Katrina, both inspiring and troubling. Well worth it.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jan 10, 2012 10:31:49 AM

  14. I'm currently reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It's a great book, not just for the story but for the experience of reading a book written in an entirely different style and era. It's long, but worth the read.

    Next book: some as-yet-undecided brain candy!

    Posted by: Dan | Jan 10, 2012 10:49:40 AM

  15. Almost done with 1Q84... Murakami's freakiest by far. Really gives me the willies.
    Devil All the Time by Pollack.. The grossest/most delicious literary smut Ive ever read.
    John Dies at the End by Wong.... The title says it all.
    Up next:
    The Sisters Brothers by deWitt
    and the Five by (horror legend) Robert R. Mccammon

    Posted by: Jake Shears | Jan 10, 2012 11:02:37 AM

  16. comics

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 10, 2012 11:04:27 AM

  17. I read obsessively. Right now I'm reading Ghosts By Gaslight, a collection of "Steampunk" ghost stories. Mainly they're just Victorian style ghost stories with a bit of science thrown in here and there, but subtle instead of gory as much modern "horror" is.

    Before that, The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, which is very literate and funny, with cultural references high and low sprinkled throughout. There are "trailers" for it on YouTube if you want to get an idea. (And how odd is that they make trailers for books now?)

    I don't always read "horror," but I guess I'm in the mood for it. Something to do with the holiday season, I expect. ;-)

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 10, 2012 11:08:47 AM

  18. The idea of a "book column" on Towleroad, as it is currently presented, with the abundance of poor grammar and typographical errors (which did not seem to exist until recently) mortifies me. First clean up the writing here, then let's discuss a "book column".

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 10, 2012 11:28:48 AM

  19. Would you forgive a quick mention of my own new novel "The Kairos"? It's a suspense tale with great reviews...about Dead Sea Scrolls telling about Jesus' life-partner.

    Posted by: Paul Hartman | Jan 10, 2012 11:34:04 AM

  20. Just read AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O'Brien. It's one of the landmarks of modern Irish lit. AS2B is about a lot of things including writing, drinking, Celtic mythology and cattle ranching in Dublin. When the characters don't like what the author is making them do, they take over the narrative.
    It is VERY funny.
    Dylan Thomas said, "the is just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl."
    And yes, Jamie O'Neil did name his beautiful novel *At Swim, Two Boys* after this, although the books have nothing but Ireland in common.

    Now reading THE TABLE COMES FIRST by Adam Gopnik. It's about the development of the restaurant and why dinner starts with a lulling drink and ends with a shot of caffeine.

    Posted by: eric | Jan 10, 2012 11:34:39 AM

  21. Just finished SECRET HISTORIAN, Justin Spring's amazing bio of Sam Steward (excited to now see the exhibition at the Museum of Sex in NYC).

    Now reading STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND by Sam Delany - fantastic, smart, mind-bending sci-fi with all kinds of gender confusion and homo plots and subplots.

    Also browsing the first Sondheim memoir-lyric compilation FINISHING THE HAT.

    Posted by: Adam | Jan 10, 2012 11:41:21 AM

  22. Just finished "Ghost on the Throne - the Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire," by James Romm.
    Full of intrigue, battles and betrayal; exciting history.
    Back then political struggles were vicious, kind of like the Republican primaries. Major difference: if you lost back then, you died.
    Most fascinating book read last year: "The Information," by James Gleick, about the development of the computer and information theory. For fun I often turn to Josh Lanyon's witty and excellently written stories and novels. Check 'em out.
    Towleroad should definitely do a book column.

    Posted by: Tony | Jan 10, 2012 11:45:06 AM

  23. Ellen-Seriously...just kidding.
    lite read. Funny Stuff.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jan 10, 2012 11:46:33 AM

  24. I just finished reading “The Leftovers” by Tom Perotta. One of the most accurate depictions of modern suburban life I have ever encountered juxtaposed by an incredibly symbolic “rapture-like” event. Absolutely engrossing from beginning to end.

    Posted by: Foxy | Jan 10, 2012 11:54:03 AM

  25. I am currently reading the "Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature" because I am looking for a new direction in the books that I have been reading lately. That said, the anthology offers short clips of various texts in history that contain gay themes. I am in the early Greeks now, just finished a section of "Satyricon," and it has inspired me to start reading that whole book.

    I also just read "Secret Historian" as is mentioned in the post above mine. It is well written, but I found that the minute detail of each sexual encounter was both obsessive and tedious. He was skanky. I didn't finish it.

    Posted by: David | Jan 10, 2012 12:02:10 PM

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