JOHN ARTHUR SWEET

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


Screenshot of me performing my monologue My Fabulous Career as a Heterosexual for the Barnstaple Fringe online, June 2021.


NEWS:

 

May 21, 2022:  It's the long weekend of La Journée Nationale des Patriotes here in Quebec, and much as I respect Quebec's distinctness, it's Victoria Day weekend for me, or (it's even better in French) La Fête de la Reine. And in fact the Royal Family features a wee bit in the novel I just finished reading, whose main character warmed my heart by getting up early to watch Prince William's 2011 wedding.

 

May 15, 2022:  I've really not been posting many MiniReviews recently, have I? But here's one. And another to come in a day or two (a book). Honestly, Jan/Feb/Mar were just rough, and then April I was busy with (yes!) performing a couple of times, and a wee trip, and just getting back into some semblance of a coherent life.

 

April 7, 2022:  Things are really heating up! I have TWO gigs lined up. (Can two things be lined up? Hmm.) On Saturday, April 23, I'm going to be performing at Word & Music at Mainline Theatre. And then, on May 1, I'm going to be a featured performer at the Accent Open Mic series. These will be my first live performances in over two years!!! It will be so nice to hear rustling and smell lovely human smells and see (hopefully) eager faces before me and trip getting onto the stage and have problems with the mic and all those things I've been missing.

 

January 31, 2022:  The exciting announcement that I hinted at on December 5 was about a theatre festival that has since been cancelled. I also had another possible announcement about another theatre festival, but that's not going ahead either. And a spoken word event is cancelled too! So begins 2022. It will get better, right?

       On the plus side, I've had time to watch a couple of classic LGBT films: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Querelle and Todd Haynes's Carol.

 

January 2, 2022:  Happy New Year! Bonne année. Buon anno. Wishing everyone a touch-feely, squishy, tactile 2022, sans masques, with lots of pawing and breathing on one another, without fear. 

         I decided to start off the New Year with a bang: a rare 3-star review!

        As for the exciting announcement mentioned on Dec. 5, it's about theatre, but given the current lockdown/curfew, I think I should hold off for the moment ... It's been almost two years, what's a bit more waiting?

 

December 5, 2021:  Happy Holiday Season! Been watching films and such, including a couple of classics from the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s: Swoon and PoisonAnd I may have an exciting announcement very soon! 

 

September 25, 2021:  I see it's been almost a year since I've reviewed a book! It's been all films and plays since October 2020. Maybe the pandemic has made me reluctant to commit to a novel? I have read some novels in the past year, but they weren't LGBTQ (including that awful novel by Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop). Anyway, I've got a new review of a novel by Christopher Isherwood that was first published in the year of my birth. Also, a review of a fairly recent (by my standards) Israeli film.

 

August 20, 2021:  I've been in a documentary mood recently, and re-watched two docs that I saw years ago and which had stuck with me: We Were Here and The Celluloid Closet. And a sweet gay play

 

June 30, 2021: As Pride Month draws to a close, I've been busily watching LGBT documentaries and read a gay play (with another review of a quasi-gay play)

 

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.

 

 

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

  Thomas Mann, Death in Venice