J.R. Ackerley’s “My Dog Tulip” is perhaps the greatest tribute ever paid by man to dog. Tender, witty, ceaselessly observant, and unsentimental in the highest degree, Ackerley recounts his years of cohabitation with Tulip, a boisterous and eccentric German Shepherd to whom he finds himself ardently devoted. Ackerley does more than tell a story, however vivid and engaging: the book is also a profound meditation on the nature of love, friendship, and the struggle to communicate with even those who seem closest to us.
Ackerley’s work received high praise from other gay authors. Truman Capote wrote, “One of the greatest books ever written by anybody in the world.” Christopher Isherwood wrote, “This is one of the greatest masterpieces of animal literature.” Armistead Maupin wrote, “I love this book because it shows respect and profound understanding of the animal on its own terms.”
These events are casual gatherings of gay men on the second Sunday of the month for fun and stimulating discussions about quality gay literature. Books are selected by participants several months in advance, and the only requirements for attending are to RSVP, to bring food or a beverage to share, and to have read a substantial part of what’s being discussed. Gather at 6:00 for eats and drinks; discussion begins at 6:45 and ends by 8:30.