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
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.
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!