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Juan Bastos, Portrait Painter, on Exhibit in LA

JUAN BASTOS is a portrait painter whose work was on exhibit at a major retrospective at the Denenberg Fine Arts Gallery in West Hollywood, CA, in November. Included in the exhibition were the covers of several issues of The Gay & Lesbian Review that featured Juan’s art.

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Augusten Burroughs on and off the wagon

Augusten Burroughs has been officially knighted as the literary scene’s “New Mad Hatter,” according to Book magazine’s second annual “Newcomers Issue”—a title Augusten Burroughs readily accepts with a wink-and-a-nudge and a fresh piece of Nicorette gum.

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David Daniels, Singing in a New Key

DAVID DANIELS occupies a rarefied category of classical singer: the countertenor, a male range above tenor that corresponds to a mezzo-soprano range. Widely regarded as the leading countertenor of our time, Daniels sings a repertoire that includes both classical opera and an extensive recital repertoire.

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John Rechy at Home

    Rechy’s autobiographical novel, City of Night, about a lonely hustler drifting across the country, first appeared in 1963, shocking the literary world and becoming a controversial bestseller. It was published before I was born, but when I came across it in a bookstore as a teenager, it almost jumped off the shelf. It […]

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Harold Norse’s Poetic Imagination

Harold Norse is one of those writers whose life is itself a work of art. While a student in New York in the late 1930’s, Norse was an intimate of Chester Kallman and W. H. Auden. He also befriended the yet-undiscovered James Baldwin and Tennessee Williams.

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Michael Cunningham after Hours

    You can almost hear Michael Cunningham shifting in his seat on the other end of the phone as he struggles to explain why his novels constantly orbit around the themes of insecurity and isolation—most notably in The Hours, his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and now an acclaimed film. Each of the three female characters […]

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Joy Ladin Is Not a Nature Poet

JOY LADIN is the author of eight books of poetry, including her latest collection, Fireworks in the Graveyard (Headmistress Press, 2017). She is a chaired professor of English at Yeshiva University. …

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Steve Grand Is Not a Country Singer

I caught Grand’s act in Provincetown, a one-hour singing tour de force in which he alternates between piano and guitar. I interviewed him in person the next day. Find out more about Steve Grand on his website at www.SteveGrand.com.

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Meredith Monk’s Moving Installations

Monk’s polyphonic music has been recorded by her own ensemble in eighteen recordings. Jean-Luc Goddard, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, and David Byrne have featured her music in films. The Kronos Quartet, St. Louis Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony have commissioned new scores.

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Catching David Leddick at 100 MPH

DAVID LEDDICK may be known best for his homoerotic art books, though it could be for his many novels and memoirs—but then again, it could be for his musicals or film appearances. And yet he started his career as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera and spent years in the advertising biz, in Paris, as creative director for Revlon and L’Oréal. You get the idea.

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