James Polchin, "Indecent Advances" Reading & Booksigning

East End Books Ptown welcomes James Polchin, "Indecent Advances"  A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice
Before Stonewall"   for a Reading & Booksigning on Saturday August 17th at 7pm. The book can be pre-ordered now. Please RSVP & get your Free ticket via Eventbrite here. You can alslo let us know you're coming via our Facebook Event Page.

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, this skillful
hybrid of true crime and social history examines how popular
culture, the media, and the psychological profession portrayed
crimes against gay men in the decades leading up to 1969.

In Indecent Advances, author James Polchin provides an important look at how queer men
were portrayed as perpetrators of the same violence they suffered. He traces how the public
interpreted true crime stories about the murder of men by other men from the end of
World War I to the Stonewall era, when gay men came to be seen as a class both historically
victimized and increasingly visible.


Using extensive historical research, Polchin tells the story of how queer men were
systemically criminalized in the American popular imagination— from the sex panics of the
1930s, to the Kinsey study of male homosexuality in the 1940s, and the Cold War panic of
communists and homosexuals in government. Polchin illustrates the vital role true crime
stories played in circulating ideas of normalcy and deviancy, and how those stories were used as
tools to discriminate against and harm queer men. More importantly, Polchin shows how this
discrimination was ultimately transformed by activists to help shape the burgeoning gay rights
movement in the years leading up to Stonewall riots of 1969.


A cast of noted public figures—Tennessee Williams, Leopold and Loeb, J. Edgar Hoover,
Alfred Kinsey, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Patricia Highsmith, James Baldwin, and
Gore Vidal—is threaded through the story of this complex subject. Politicians, law enforcement
officials, and psychologists weigh in to explain the dangerous historical relationship between
homosexuality and violence.


And one needs to look no further than the recent TV series about Andrew Cunanan’s murder
spree leading up to his shooting of Gianni Versace to ascertain, perhaps, how little things have
changed in the policing and reporting of these kinds of crimes against gay men. Polchin’s vital
history is as important today as it was then.


Author Events in New York City, Boston, Provincetown, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, this skillful
hybrid of true crime and social history examines how popular
culture, the media, and the psychological profession portrayed
crimes against gay men in the decades leading up to 1969.
JAMES POLCHIN, PhD, has taught at the Princeton Writing
Program, the Parsons School of Design, the New School for
Public Engagement, and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation.
His writing has appeared in several places, including The New
Inquiry, Lambda Literary, Brevity, and the Gay and Lesbian
Review / Worldwide, where he is a contributing writer. A clinical
professor at New York University, he lives in New York City
with his husband, the photographer Greg Salvatori, and a
Labrador named Albert.

 

Event date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640091894
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 4th, 2019