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Sex Culture      Sept-Oct 2014
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    The Vulnerability of a Poet

    In a new biography of the World War I poet Wilfred Owen (1893–1918), we read his poems about a London rent boy with “violet eyes” and the “smell of the moss,” another about two male ghosts who sleep together ...

  • The Lab.oratory when not in use

    Down There on a Visit

    As I approached the massive power station that houses the Lab.oratory, I was in awe of the imposing exterior, which exuded all the sterile monumentality of Soviet-era architecture.

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    Forster Without Maurice (still gay)

    THIS YEAR MARKS the centenary of E.M. Forster’s completion of his initial version of the novel Maurice. The most autobiographical of Forster’s six novels, Maurice stands out for its forthright depiction of a homosexual hero whose journey culminates in his embracing his sexual identity and finding a male life partner.

  • Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart

    Soon the Spotted People

    IT TOOK LARRY KRAMER nearly thirty years to get a film made of The Normal Heart. His play about the AIDS crisis opened at the Public Theater in New York in 1985.

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Tennessee Williams and His Circle of Friends

Editor’s Note: Last weekend was the annual Tennessee Williams festival in Provincetown, a tour de force of plays by America’s greatest playwright. The theme this year was “Tennessee Williams’ Circle of Friends,” and the festival included works by playwrights that Williams knew and admired, notably William Inge, Jane Bowles, and Yukio Mishima. Following is a [...]

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Prophesy Fulfilled

Antonin Scalia is often cited by circuit judges when they’re striking down state bans on same-sex marriage—a huge irony in that Scalia is a staunch opponent of marriage equality. It was in his dissenting opinion to 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas case, which struck down all anti-sodomy laws, that Scalia couldn’t resist issuing a dire warning [...]

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New York City’s Gayest Building

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Cock and Bull

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