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Author Archive | Richard Schneider

Easy Marks

  Residents of Waco, Texas, couldn’t help but notice that the city’s Christmas lights had a different look this year, a certain flair, a je ne sais quoi. The arrangement of colors from red to violet created the effect of a giant rainbow stretching endlessly down the corridor. Did someone say rainbow? So, before you […]

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B.T.W.

  Three Photos in No Need of a Punchline They pretty much speak for themselves. They come from around the world, and all three involve matters of questionable taste as locally defined. For anyone who missed this sign in front of the Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, Florida, which went TV viral in early […]

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Letters to the Editor

  Author Questions Basis for Review To the Editor: I was disappointed in your review [Nov.-Dec. ’17] of my novel Our Time: San Francisco in the 70s. Your reviewer found my resume more important than his job as a reviewer to comment on the style and content of the novel. Did he read the wrong thing? […]

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Three Photos in No Need of a Punchline

They pretty much speak for themselves. They come from around the world, and all three involve matters of questionable taste as locally defined.   1. For anyone who missed this sign in front of the Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, Florida, which went TV viral in early November, here it is. For the rest […]

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November-December 2003: Ten Years After

  This issue completes the tenth volume of this journal, a minor miracle in itself, no doubt, but also a milestone of sorts in the GLBT rights movement. For it was in the context of the events of a decade ago that this journal was first conceived. The year was 1993: Bill Clinton had just […]

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Sept.-Oct. 2003: “Americana” Issue

  The case of Lawrence v. Texas has been settled, and with it dies a legal monster that started life in 1533, in England, at the hand of King Henry VIII (as part of a drive to punish the Catholic priesthood!). The majority ruling expressly cited these origins in making the case that anti-sodomy laws […]

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July-August 2003: Animal Magnetism

  Sexual attraction has ever been the stuff of popular songs and other cultural artifacts, where it is variously mysterious or heart-breaking or the ultimate fulfillment of one’s destiny. But it is always complicated. Needless to say, these artifacts take for granted that the attraction is of the heterosexual kind, and they speak to the […]

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May-June 2003: Not the American Issue

  That this is “not the American issue” is not a political statement but instead a comment on the odd fact that the cover of this “international” issue sports a parody of the iconic American Gothic. But it seemed the best way to salute Dell Martin and Phyllis Lyon, themselves American icons of sorts, on […]

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March-April 2003: Witch Hunts in America

  Is humanity doomed to suffer periodic outbursts of fratricidal madness in which those in power suddenly decide to persecute a vulnerable minority? Witch hunts, inquisitions, pogroms against Jews and gypsies, racist lynchings, the Holocaust itself—Western history is pocked with such outbursts from the Middle Ages down to very recent times. Gay men and lesbians […]

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January-February 2003: Visual Modalities

  It is a commonplace that the invention of photography transformed painting, but it’s also true that its invention transformed society and people’s understanding of it. While photography’s literalism rendered the whole European realist tradition obsolete, it also provided a window on how real people looked, lived, and interacted. The democratic character of photography freed […]

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