Fingers in the Wind      January-February 2015
  • Figure 2. Anthony Friedkin, Jean Harlow, Drag Queen Ball, Long Beach, 1971.

    The Revolution Was Photographed

    The importance of documentary photography is ever present in Anthony Friedkin’s The Gay Essay, a portfolio of photographs from the late 1960s to the early ’70s that focuses on the gay liberation era in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


    Capote’s Legacy on the Line

    In Understanding Truman Capote, Thomas Fahy argues for a new approach to this problematic writer. As he notes in the excellent introductory chapter, Capote’s standing in the eyes of readers and scholars has declined since his death.

  • Bill T. Jones in Story/Time. Paul B. Goode photo

    Bill T. Jones and the Birth of Story/Time

    Jones is still creating his iconoclastic dances across a vast array of æsthetic explorations. His collaborators have included everyone from Toni Morrison to the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center to Jessye Norman. His honors include a MacArthur genius award and the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama, but these have not tempered his firebrand energy.

  • John Burton Harter, Bath House Adonis, 1996. Oil on masonite.

    Sexual Freedom and the Classical Ideal

    The American artist John Burton Harter’s oil on masonite Bath House Adonis from 1996 depicts a trio of naked men relaxing in a tiled sauna. An older man sits on a John Burton Harter, Bath House Adonis, 1996. Oil on masonite. towel covering his genitals ...

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Double Your Lies

Another soldier in the church-sponsored war on gay equality! The new operation is called Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays—PFOX, not to be confused with FPOX—an obvious take-off on PFLAG, Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays. So, they recently put up a billboard in Richmond,Virginia, that featured two identical-looking men and the words, “Identical Twins: One gay. [...]

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James Baldwin Comes Alive in Restored Film Classic

JAMES BALDWIN came alive as never before in Karen Thorsen’s documentary James Baldwin: The Price Of The Ticket, first released in 1990 and rereleased on its 25th anniversary in a newly restored print. Doubly enhanced by the collaboration of the late Maya Angelou, who provided live readings of Baldwin’s work and acted as scholar–advisor for the [...]

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Hey, That’s Me!

In keeping with the theme of the forthcoming issue, which is “Private P/Arts,” we pause to bring you a new sculpture that raised more than eyebrows when it was unveiled in Madeira, Portugal, the hometown of world-famous footballer Christiano Ronaldo, who is the subject of the statue. Newspapers worldwide tittered about “the er… erection” of [...]

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Artist’s Profile: Ryan Landry of the ‘Make ’Em Laugh’ School

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Enter to Win a FREE Copy of LOOKING: Season 1

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