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Tori Amos’ Queerish Sort of Freedom

With its robust eighteen tracks, Abnormally Attracted to Sin is similarly attentive to the battle of the sexes and, by extension, embattled sexualities. “Fire to Your Plain” builds a house of mirrors with a female speaker “watching you watching her play this game” of sexual attraction.

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Up the Down Rock Star

… Moz (as he’s known by his legion of queer-friendly fans) has found a reason to believe. And yet, in his newly released album, Years of Refusal, he sings that “only stone and steel accept my love.”

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Can Brideshead Survive Another Revisit?

LATE IN EVELYN WAUGH’S Brideshead Revisited (1945), narrator Charles Ryder finds himself trapped in a loveless marriage and still in love with a married woman, Lady Julia Mottram, whose physical likeness to her brother Sebastian is what Charles has been drawn to all along.

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Remembering ‘Johnny Cakes’ of The Sopranos

WITH THE DEATH of John Costelloe, the actor who played Jim “Johnny Cakes” Witowski on The Sopranos, fans of the landmark TV series (1999-2007) lost an important player in the show’s most gay-positive, and perhaps most crucial, story line. The 47-year-old actor and former New York City firefighter shot himself late last year in his basement bedroom in Brooklyn.

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Is Katy ‘I Kissed a Girl’ Perry Homophobic?

THE SAPPHIC HIT SONG of last summer, “I Kissed a Girl,” is sung by Katy Perry, a minister’s daughter and Santa Barbara native whose debut song, “One of the Boys,” continues to inhabit the charts. No other straight songstress has so clearly captured the arousing unease that follows one’s first same-sex kiss.

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Madonna, Time Traveling at Fifty

… Divas, by design, don’t play well with others, and when it comes to temporality, this diva is downright confrontational. …

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Manslaughter on the Oregon Express

IN AS MUCH AS the teenage boy at the heart of Gus Van Sant’s new film has nothing funny or articulate to say, Paranoid Park may become this year’s anti-Juno.

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Heath Ledger and the Idolatry of Dying Young

ON THE AFTERNOON of January 22, 2008, actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, having taken, it was later learned, an overdose of prescription medications. …

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