"The Tastemaker is essential reading for anyone interested in how America emerged from the cultural shadow of Europe in the last century."
So overall, I don’t personally find biographies of forgotten literary critics to be my cup of tea, but this review offered up some staggering bi erasure, which made me sigh loudly enough to startle my sleeping cat:
"His personal life was no less complicated than his professional one. His second marriage, in 1914 to actress Fania Marinoff, lasted fifty years, mainly because Marinoff was willing to share her husband with a succession of younger men. White stops short of claiming Van Vechten was exclusively homosexual: “He was able to feel physically attracted to certain women, but his sincere need for female companionship was much more emotional than physical.”
Hmmmm, wouldn’t it be useful if there was a word for that? A word often defined as having “the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree”?
The word you’re looking for here is BISEXUAL.