Matthew G. was born in New Jersey, lives in Brooklyn, and has worked in the basement at Strand since 2007.
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The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village
by: Samuel R. Delany
This memoir recounts the years (beginning in his late teens) in which Samuel R. Delany, the acclaimed science fiction writer, essayist, and gay rights activist, first started to write and publish science fiction and lead an actively gay lifestyle (while in an open, interracial marriage with the white poet Marilyn Hacker, who was a fellow student and fellow prodigy at The Bronx High School of Science). Full of great anecdotes, cameos by notable figures of the time such as Bob Dylan and W.H. Auden, and perceptive reflections on art, memory, and a host of other subjects, The Motion of Light in Water is also a fascinating look back at a New York of another time, and an immensely pleasurable read.View In Store
Bread & Wine
Samuel R. Delany is an extraordinarily smart and interesting writer. After you start getting into him, you want to know what he has to say about everything, and luckily he’s written lots of critical essays. You also want to know all about him, where’s he’s been and what he’s done, and, again luckily, he’s done a lot of autobiographical writing, including the graphic memoir Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York, a collaboration with illustrator Mia Wolff recently reissued by Fantagraphics with new supplementary material, including an introduction by Alan Moore.
Bread & Wine is short and sweet. You can read it a good three times in an hour, I’d say. And it would make sense to do so. Read it the first time just to find out what happens in this surprising, tender story of a budding love between an accomplished writer and a homeless man who, though he sells books on the street, doesn’t really understand what a writer does. Read it a second time more slowly and linger over Mia Wolff’s beautiful, warmly sympathetic black and white illustrations. Read it a third time to savor Delany’s precise, closely observant prose, as well as the extremely humorous, sensitive, good nature that always shines through that prose.