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Our New York      July-August 2015
  • From Wonder Woman #7, 1943

    Wonder Woman’s Hidden Agenda

    Noah Berlatsky takes the reader on an eye-opening exploration of the subtexts of the Wonder Woman comics from the series’ inception in 1941 to 1948.

  • Just me and the gang. Summer 1975.

    Who Was That Woman in the Pines?

    [Fire Island] being the epicenter of gay male sociability in the New York metro, you can imagine the question I was asked most often: “What’s a nice straight girl like you doing in a place like this?”

  • Kent Monkman, Duel After the Masquerade, 2007. Collection of Jennifer Dattels.

    Out, Outed, Ousted

    The recent show Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York (Feb. 13–May 3, 2015) spotlighted some important cases of censorship at the institutional level—situations in which an artist or a work has been removed from a show, or restricted from view, after it had gone on display.

  • George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott

    At the Hidden Core of the Big Apple

    New York was the seat of transatlantic queer cultural ascendancy in the interwar years and after World War II.

  • Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

    Under the Fashion Juggernaut

    One can’t decide whether Gods and Kings is about the horrors of consumerism or two gay Brits who experienced the catastrophe of success. Whatever the answer, it makes one wish the whole business would shrink, subside, and return to what it used to be.

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