One of the first things you realize when reading Walt Odets’ book is that he must be an exceptional therapist. Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives, published in 2019, collates the author’s insights and recollections from over 35 years of providing therapy to a clientele of gay men through the AIDS epidemic and its long aftermath. Odets, who describes the book as his “swan song, ” is sensitive, probing and humane in his exploration of the psyche, at This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 51 Received Wisdom Zen monk and garden designer Shunmyo Masuno on clearing the mind. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 A Picture of Health Xiaopeng Yuan photographs the world’s weirdest wellness cures. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi Inside the astrology company on a mission to prove workplace well-being is more than a corporate tagline. Arts & Culture Issue 47 TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING Why does the quest for well-being so often go wrong? Arts & Culture Issue 43 Amia Srinivasan Amia Srinivasan on the philosophy of sex. Arts & Culture Issue 43 David Erritzoe On the mind-bending potential of psychedelics.