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    Modeling to Survive in 1955

    "I had been a journalism major at Columbia before dropping out due to conflicts between modeling and going to class, so I talked my way into a copywriter job at a small advertising agency that paid a fraction of the money I had made as a model."

  • A tourist gondola on the river that runs through Wuzhen's theme-park traditional village

    In Search of the Spirit of Mu Xin

    Chinese writer and visual artist Mu Xin was born into a wealthy and cultivated family in the town of Wuzhen in Zhejiang province. (Pictured: A tourist gondola on the river that runs through Wuzhen's theme-park traditional village)

  • Portrait of C. K. Scott Moncrieff, by Edward Stanley Mercer

    The Religion of Art

    Findlay— in her book Chasing Lost Time – has written of her grand-uncle Charles Scott Moncrieff, the man who translated Proust into English. Dead soldiers with ticking watches were something Scott Moncrieff had seen plenty of by the time he translated Proust; reading Findlay, it’s hard to understand how he escaped becoming one himself.

  • Juliet Jacques at the Close-Up Film Centre, East London. Pal Hansen for the Observer New Review.

    Transitioning in the Real World

    JULIET JACQUES’S Trans: A Memoir begins where most transition stories do—on the eve of her sexual reassignment surgery ...

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Heroes Tour: A Tribute

For the past year, artist Doug Meyer has created fifty portraits of creative people who died of AIDS and AIDS-related causes in the 1980s and ’90s. For his Heroes Tour: A Tribute, Meyer explained that “I wanted to create something to introduce a younger audience to an entire generation of true innovators that laid the groundwork […]

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Guilty Pleasure

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Shady Ladies

People often ask how I went from doing gay secrets tours to shady ladies. How did a gay historian get interested in the history of female prostitution? First of all, a gay historian works on the history of sexuality, so the history of heterosexuality is not very far away from his topic, intellectually speaking. But it has much […]

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Little Big Man

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