Top-New

Article Categories Archives: Art Memo

How Gore Vidal Rocked My Country Road

AS LGBT people, we all have our origin stories—that moment when we knew we were attracted to people of our own sex. For me, the realization began, as most things did, with a book: The City and the Pillar, by Gore Vidal.

Continue Reading 0

The Baroness of Body Art

A COMPLICATED & somewhat mysterious figure in early 20th-century art, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is often referred to as the “Mama of Dada.”

Continue Reading 0

Ethel Smyth: Composer, Feminist, Suffragette

  IN LATE SPRING OF 2015, I received a flyer from Bard College advertising their SummerScape opera production of The Wreckers (1904), by the British composer Ethel Smyth, with a libretto by Harry Brewster. It took a moment for me to notice that the opera had been composed by a woman. Two thoughts occurred to […]

Continue Reading 0

Bound by Our Forefathers’ Ink

  AS the crisp white pages of the newest Bloodbound draft cascade from the printer into a scattered pile on my desk, I engage in the familiar refrain of questions that propel a writer to follow the path to his script’s elusive finish line. A sensible self-critique is always upset by a gnawing neurosis that […]

Continue Reading 0

Babylon on the Thames

Sins of the Cities presents the first history of a male prostitute as told from his own viewpoint—and without apology. Its main character is Jack Saul, whose life is written up from “his rough notes” commissioned by a certain “Mr Cambon.” The two men first meet in November 1880, when Cambon cruises Saul in Leicester Square, being attracted by the “extraordinary” size of the “lump in his trousers.” He is equally struck by Saul’s expertise at oral sex and asks for an account of how he arrived at such proficiency. Saul agrees to provide a narration of his life, with the understanding that he will be paid for his efforts. Saul is thus frequently cited as the “author” of the resulting book. If so, he must share the title with Cambon. The latter’s introduction takes up seven-and-a-half pages in the Valancourt edition. His voice returns for eight pages at the end of the book in three essays apparently designed as filler to reach the requisite length.

Continue Reading 0

Who Wrote A Scarlet Pansy? The Plot Thickens

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY PRESS deserves our gratitude for making available the original 1932 version of A Scarlet Pansy, a minor classic of Modernism attributed to “Robert Scully.”

Continue Reading 0

Bernard Perlin, an Artist of Many Milieux

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Bernard Perlin was born in 1918 in Richmond, Virginia. He was sent to art school in New York at age fifteen and had early success as a muralist for Depression-era public works projects.

Continue Reading 0

In Search of Schubert’s ‘Secret Love Life’

If Schubert was the musical center of this mostly male cultural group, the literary center was his best friend Franz Schooner, …

Continue Reading 0

Carl Wittman’s Place in Liberation History

Carl’s models for the Manifesto were Marx’s Communist Manifesto and the SDS Port Huron Statement. Consequently, it was written in the style of a left-wing screed.

Continue Reading 0

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. The Beatniks was badly mistitled. Beatnik […]

Continue Reading 0