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‘The sensual part of beauty is the wound’

Edmund White is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including the autobiographical trilogy A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, as well as The Joy of Gay, States of Desire, Genet: A Biography, Proust, The Married Man, and, Flâneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris.

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The Shock of the Old

  Michael Bronski is one of the great unnatural resources of gay and lesbian letters. He’s insanely well-read in a wide range of areas: fiction, politics, history, and theory. And he loves not only the printed word but film, music, and theater as well. I’ve known him for many years and am accustomed to conversations […]

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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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‘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. It was his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, that provoked a fatwa on his life, issued by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.

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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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Keeping Art Alive in These Times

Public support for all of the arts is under threat in the wake of last November’s election. In this interview, which was conducted by phone in May, O’Hanian addresses the challenges facing both artists and arts organizations in the current political environment.

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A Year in La DolceVita Rome

EDMUND WHITE lived in Rome for most of 1970. It was his first time living abroad—Paris would come much later—and while his “Roman holiday” lasted less than a year, he included various episodes from his Italian stay in a number of his writings, including in memoirs, essays, and novels. Clearly his time in Rome left an impression, but it must be said that his recollections often have a negative edge when touching on Roman life in general and the gay scene in particular.

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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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Madboots and the Gay Experience

MADBOOTS DANCE is a company founded and led by two dancer-choreographers, Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, who are also life partners.

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