Articles by Matthew Gallaway

August 29, 2013

Truth and Denial: On Choire Sicha’s Very Recent History 0

To portray gay life in the city as Sicha has done — in a manner that’s both realistic and insightful — would be a noteworthy accomplishment in any era, but must be considered particularly remarkable in today’s publishing climate, in which major publishing houses offer readers more gay characters written by straight authors than gay ones. It’s a beautifully written and carefully documented book about a group of people that, to our society’s collective detriment, continues to be largely ignored, dismissed, and stereotyped.

December 19, 2011

A Year in Reading: Matthew Gallaway 0

By the end it’s almost impossible not to feel deficient for being anything but a poet/lesbian, and specifically anyone but Eileen Myles.

October 13, 2011

The Gay Question: Death in Venice, By Nightfall, and The Art of Fielding 19

Is it possible for an otherwise straight man to be struck by a bolt of gay lightning and next scene end up declaring his undying love to a beautiful young Adonis?

October 6, 2011

What a Wonderful Drag It Is Getting Old: Mona Simpson’s Anywhere but Here 3

I would never say this explicitly, but I think to myself, dear niece or nephew: I understand how exasperating or sometimes insane your parents can seem, but try to remember that they would do anything for you, that they have lived for you.

August 12, 2011

I Could Show You Memories To Rival Berlin in the Thirties: Christopher Isherwood and The Berlin Stories 4

To understand Isherwood is to understand his infatuation with liars, which I think makes it reasonable to ask whether he himself was lying, or at least half-lying in a way he could find almost believable. But exactly what is he lying about and why do we as readers long to be taken in?

January 7, 2011

Robert Musil and The Man Without Qualities: Imperial Vienna as a Portrait of Now 5

Robert Musil wrote The Man Without Qualities in the 1930s, but his modernist elegy to Belle Époque Vienna offers an achingly familiar picture of dissolution and malaise.