JOHN ARTHUR SWEET

Monologist. Spoken word poet. Writer. Editor. Translator. Queer guy.

 

 

 

 

 

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous  to poetry.

  Thomas Mann, Death in Venice


NEWS:

 

May 9, 2021: I've posted a few more reviews: a controversial gay play, an erotic Portuguese film, and a documentary about drag. The rhythm of my reviews has been slow of late, due to pandemic lassitude and work, but I've got a little pile of stuff to read/watch over the pandemic spring/summer.

 

May 4, 2021: As someone who believes passionately in the value and role of art, why have I not been missing the live performing arts all that much during the pandemic? Some thoughts.

 

January 28, 2021: Bonne Année à tous! Watched two American independent films currently streaming on Netflix, one a coming-out film, the other more of a going-back-in-the-closet film: Edge of Seventeen and I Am Michael.

 

December 20, 2020: Reviews of two recent French films, both portraying teenagers in love, both good, one of them a gem: Été 85 (or, if you must, Summer of 85) and I Am JonasMerry Christmas to all! Joyeuses Fêtes!

 

November 16, 2020: I read Hanya Yanagihara's looooong novel A Little Life. Find out why I find it astonishing that it's been called the Great Gay Novel here. And a couple of new movie reviews: the new Netflix version of The Boys in the Band and an old British film, Victim.

 

November 4, 2020: Review of Matthew Lopez's The InheritanceIs this THE great gay play?

 

November 2, 2020: Since there's no theatre happening these days, I wrote a little piece of theatre, about theatre; it's here. It's in the same form as a piece I recently wrote for the Quebec Writers' Federation, which can be found here.

 

May 2020: I did a rare pandemic-style online performance/reading, and you can find it here. My story starts around 13 minutes in.

WARNING: Copious 1970s pop culture references!