Richard B


Richard comes from Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's boyhood home. He has worked in newsrooms, radio stations, art galleries, and state senate offices. After learning ceramic arts, and traveling the country selling handmade pottery, he moved to New York City to pursue a masters degree in media. He is a second degree black-belt, as well as a yoga and biking enthusiast. He loves cats and Nine Inch Nails. Meet him on the Strands main floor, where he works side by side with his husband, artist Miguel Soto.

Richard B's Reviews

City of Night

by: John Rechy

(Before AIDs, before Stonewall) Think your job blows?! Trade glances with unapologetic former male prostitute-turned-author, John Rechy, as he chums up a living in early 1960s NYC and elsewhere. Dirty, scary, funny.

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Dancer from the Dance

by: Andrew Holleran

The first book I read about being gay in NYC when I first...was gay in NYC. Both a snapshot of a culture lost to disease, as well as a prayer to the future, Andrew Holleran’s words can bring hope to every boy in America. Essential gay read! Here are other essential gay reads below:

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  • A Home at the End of the World

    By Michael Cunningham

    Our Price: $9.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312202316
    • Publisher: Picador / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 1998
    By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. Hope in the midst of tragedy incurred from New York City's erotic wars produces this depiction of the charged and fragile relationships contemporary urban life has to offer. 343p.Pap.
  • A Single Man

    By Christopher Isherwood

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374533878
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: 2013
    Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. A Single Man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his British reserve, tides of grief, rage, and loneliness surge—but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices. When Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man first appeared, it shocked many with its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity. Isherwood’s favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider.
  • Frisk

    By Dennis Cooper

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802132895
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: March 1992
    A murder mystery that implicates us all, bodies being unavoidably real. 1288p.
  • Giovanni's Room

    By James Baldwin

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345806567
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: September 2013
    Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
  • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    By William S. Burroughs

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802122070
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: 2001
    Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume?that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs?is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.
  • The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays

    By Larry Kramer

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802136923
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: September 2000
    The Normal Heart, set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, is the impassioned story of Ned Weeks. The play is a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that lead to the worldwide plague that now exists. Its companion play, The Destiny of Me, continues the story of Weeks, now in a hospital undergoing treatment, as h finds himself confronting his life and fighting to get a little more time among the living. 252p.