The First Gay Novel      Nov-Dec 2014
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    A Child of the Sixties

    Big Joy, a documentary about Brougton’s life, is a fascinating and entertaining examination of the most famous and interesting poet you’ve never heard of.

  • Jess: The Enamord Mage: Translation #6, a portrait of Robert Duncan, 1965

    At the Heart of a Bay Area Revival

    While two-dimensional works comprise most of An Opening of the Field, the show also includes stone sculptures, assemblages, Duncan’s handmade books of poems, and a 37-minute film by filmmaker–poet James Broughton.

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    Up from Mormonism

    Collectively, Pop Psychology goes down like an energy-drink of pure power-pop, both whiney and wonderful in the tradition of Weezer and The Strokes.

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    Frida’s Wounded Body and Soul

    MEXICAN PAINTER Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has had an impressive posthumous life. Actual photos and descriptions of her are as colorful as her paintings, which fit uneasily into a broadly surrealist category.

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    How Gay Was Dorian Gray?

    While Michael Hattersley doesn’t directly address the question of The Picture of Dorian Gray’s primacy as a gay novel, he does venture that it was, “while cautious, implicitly homosexual”—at least for cognoscenti who knew what to look for.

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