• Beatniks

    The Beatniks Smoldered in 1960

    A CHEAPLY MADE black-and-white film, The Beatniks (1960) was voice actor Paul Frees’ only directing venture. It succeeded with neither critics nor the public, and it boasts a pitiful 2.1 rating on IMDB. However, I would contend that this B-minus movie is significant for its homosexual subtext.

  • Anohni in concert. Getty Images—Frazer Harrison photo.

    Metamorphosis of an Indie Rock Star

    Anohni in concert. Getty Images—Frazer Harrison photo.

  • The Lonely City

    All the Lonely Artists

    Loneliness morphs as we go through life—the loneliness of a child is different from that of a person in midlife or old age. It even varies throughout a given day and evening. The Lonely City is more particular—about a flâneur’s loneliness (the narrator’s) and the alienation that produces art (her subjects’).

  • PRINCE July 18 - FINAL

    Prince’s Legacy: ‘Set your mind free’

    Throughout his career, Prince would continue to experiment with gender and sexual boundaries, but the most politically radical part of his 35-year career was already behind him.

  • GLB Vote for Democrats (blue) and Republicans (red)

    Can the GLB Vote Swing an Election?

    The fluctuation in the number of GLB voters from year to year may be slight, but a bit of a pattern emerges. For the past several election cycles ... the GLB slice of the electorate has dipped by one point in off-year elections. What this suggests is that ... gay voters are less motivated to vote in non-presidential years. It’s a pattern that has been observed in other minorities, ... and it partly explains why Democrats tend to do better in presidential years than in off years.

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