• ‘I grew up in Bombay, home of the Hijra.’

    Born in India in 1947, Sir Salman Rushdie was educated at Cambridge University and came of age in England—indeed he is a knight of the realm—but has lived in New York City for much of his adult life. … This exclusive interview was conducted by telephone in August.

  • Inside West Side Story

    Left to Right: Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Harold Prince, Robert Griffith, Leonard Bernstein, and Jerome Robbins on the WSS set.

  • Picturing ‘The German Vice’

    A humorous spoof on the Eulenburg affair can be found on a German card featuring a fairy tale maiden and two couples. The central couple is comprised of two men in an embrace.

  • The Etymology of Lads

    Poetry, Housman said in a Cambridge lecture, should produce “that thrilling utterance which pierces the heart and brings tears to the eyes.” The best of his still do.

  • Indigenous Alien

    Despite the predictable but disturbing litany of abuse, Ma-Nee emerges as a talented visual artist and a heroic survivor who eventually nurtures both children and adults in need.

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