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    A Star for the YouTube Generation

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    Bernard Perlin, an Artist of Many Milieux

    Bernard embarked on a series of “social realist” paintings, recording scenes of life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The most famous of these, Orthodox Boys (1948), depicts two Jewish boys standing warily on a subway platform under an intimidating wall of graffiti.

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    In Search of Schubert’s ‘Secret Love Life’

    If Schubert was the musical center of this mostly male cultural group, the literary center was his best friend Franz Schooner, ...

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    Vito Russo’s Secret Papers Unsealed!

    [Vito] Russo was a pioneering gay rights and AIDS activist and the author of The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies (1981; revised, 1987), which became the foundational text of gay and lesbian media studies and later the inspiration for a much-praised documentary, The Celluloid Closet (1995). 

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    Xena’s Quest for Transcendent Love

    “WHAT WOULD XENA DO?” The question became a trademark of the syndicated TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001), highlighting the religious references that saturated Xena’s mystical universe.

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