Why “Smoke, Lilies and Jade”?
Our previous #QueerHarlemRenaissance short, #CongoCabaret, depicted a gay-friendly cabaret described in the 1928 novel, Home to Harlem. I now want to turn my attention to the other important gay prose piece coming out of the Renaissance, “Smoke, Lilies and Jade.” SL&J was written by a talented young dilettante by the name of #RichardBruceNugent, the most openly gay writer of the Renaissance. His story is the first positive depiction of same-sex desire in American letters. For