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