Queen's Throat by Wayne Koestenbaum
Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire

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Brilliant. . . The Queen's Throat is a dazzling performance.-New York Times Book Review
 

About Wayne Koestenbaum

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Wayne Koestenbaum is professor of english at CUNY's Graduate School and is the author of several books of criticism, essays, and poetry. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 30, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 280 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Political & Social Sciences, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He frequently strains analogies to the point of parody--for example, musing about the erotic implications of the spindle hole in operatic recordings: ``It has always spoken to me of the emptiness...at the center of a listener's life and the ambiguities in any sexual body, including a homosexual b...

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Koestenbaum, who is gay and teaches English at Yale, calls himself an ``opera queen'' because he is addicted to opera, fetishizes records, tries to befriend divas and keeps lists of his opera ``highs.

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Witty reminiscences, personal confessions and cultural analyses of the reputed affinity of gay men for opera.

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