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Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne is a tale of resentment and revenge, of enemies who become friends who become enemies of a man with an extraordinary appetite for life and a character that mixed generosity and pettiness, fair-mindedness and bias, snobbery and sympathy for the underdog.
PHILIP DEAN WALKER’S debut collection At Danceteria and Other Stories … becomes a haunting descent from the intoxication of that era into the unfolding awareness of AIDS as the new normal.
Ethel Smyth was not your average “Victorian woman.” She was a lesbian, a sports lover, a suffragist, and a composer.
As Alan Cumming tells it in his new book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, “I was having trouble finding my feet ... of being myself, or a version of my self on stage.” 

Poetry

FOR THOSE OF US who grew up reading Samuel Delany’s science fiction novels or who benefited from his exceptionally detailed books on the craft of writing, there are so many mouthwatering bits in this volume, his first twelve years of journals, that it’s hard to know where to jump in.
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  anybody by Ari Banias W.W. Norton. 112 pages, $25.95   Primer by Aaron Smith University of Pittsburgh Press 104 pages, $15.95       EVERY SO OFTEN, a poet appears who seems to have sprung fully armed from the head of Zeus. Two such poets are Ari Banias with his first book of poetry, [...]
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Guest Opinion

Gays for Trump? Homonationalism Has Deep Roots

ONE OF THE SURPRISES of the Trump campaign and presidency has been the presence of prominent and vocal gay male supporters, such as Peter Thiel and Milo Yiannopoulos. In Europe, however, gay men have played a role in populist far-right parties for years …
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Politics: GLBT Rights

Gays for Trump? Homonationalism Has Deep Roots

ONE OF THE SURPRISES of the Trump campaign and presidency has been the presence of prominent and vocal gay male supporters, such as Peter Thiel and Milo Yiannopoulos. In Europe, however, gay men have played a role in populist far-right parties for years …
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  Fun Down There The defeat of North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, last November ran against the general tide of the election, and his loss was clearly due to his support for the infamous HB2 or “bathroom bill” that bars transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. The law triggered a [...]
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BTW

  Fun Down There The defeat of North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, last November ran against the general tide of the election, and his loss was clearly due to his support for the infamous HB2 or “bathroom bill” that bars transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. The law triggered a [...]
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Sex

  Fun Down There The defeat of North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, last November ran against the general tide of the election, and his loss was clearly due to his support for the infamous HB2 or “bathroom bill” that bars transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. The law triggered a [...]
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Biography

  In Part I of this essay, published in the January-February 2017 issue of this magazine, I described the recent discovery of a large amount of new archival material on Lincoln Kirstein, America’s “cultural czar” for much of the 20th century. The material is now housed in two manuscript depositories, the Houghton Library at Harvard [...]
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Where to Find Virginia Woolf

IN THIS CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY of Virginia Woolf, Ira Nadel takes us on a tour of the places of significance in Woolf’s life while drawing connections among these places, her relationships, and her writings.
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Waugh’s Life Reconsidered: Still Dismal

  Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade Henry Holt and Company 432 pages, $32.   WHEN EVELYN WAUGH died of a sudden heart attack at 62 on Easter Sunday, 1966, his literary reputation was in decline, his work seen as nostalgic and retrograde compared to the issue-oriented social realism of writers then in [...]
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Essays

  In Part I of this essay, published in the January-February 2017 issue of this magazine, I described the recent discovery of a large amount of new archival material on Lincoln Kirstein, America’s “cultural czar” for much of the 20th century. The material is now housed in two manuscript depositories, the Houghton Library at Harvard [...]
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When the Movies Went to Sodom

IF YOUR ACQUAINTANCE with Sodom and Gomorrah were limited to what you see in movies, your impression might differ only slightly from the story in Genesis 19. That’s because the biblical version is already as farfetched as the script of a Hollywood epic.
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  “A DAY AT THE BEACH” was a well-established national pastime by the turn of the 20th century. Beach colonies developed on land adjacent to waterfronts—Coney Island in New York, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore, Mission Beach in California—all convenient to large cities. Many locations provided amenities for visitors, including bathhouse changing facilities, [...]
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Camping in the Cold War South

Many contemporary San Antonio natives would describe Cornyation as a hilariously campy political satire, a veritable Beach Blanket Babylon performed every spring for six shows as a major fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and other causes.
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Harry Hervey’s academic career had not been distinguished, but amazingly, at sixteen, he sold a lurid adventure story to a magazine edited by cultural critic H. L. Mencken.
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Starstruck

  Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts by Robert Hofler Wisconsin. 352 pages, $26.95   IT WOULD BE HARD to imagine a gayer life than the one led by Dominick Dunne. Growing up in Hartford (across the street from Katherine Hepburn), he was not only called a “sissy” by his father [...]
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When the Movies Went to Sodom

IF YOUR ACQUAINTANCE with Sodom and Gomorrah were limited to what you see in movies, your impression might differ only slightly from the story in Genesis 19. That’s because the biblical version is already as farfetched as the script of a Hollywood epic.
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Film

When the Movies Went to Sodom

IF YOUR ACQUAINTANCE with Sodom and Gomorrah were limited to what you see in movies, your impression might differ only slightly from the story in Genesis 19. That’s because the biblical version is already as farfetched as the script of a Hollywood epic.
Continue Reading..
  “A DAY AT THE BEACH” was a well-established national pastime by the turn of the 20th century. Beach colonies developed on land adjacent to waterfronts—Coney Island in New York, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore, Mission Beach in California—all convenient to large cities. Many locations provided amenities for visitors, including bathhouse changing facilities, [...]
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Reviews of One Of These Things First: A Memoir, and the movies, Bayou Maharajah: The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker; Jonathan; and Akron.
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Cultural History

Camping in the Cold War South

Many contemporary San Antonio natives would describe Cornyation as a hilariously campy political satire, a veritable Beach Blanket Babylon performed every spring for six shows as a major fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and other causes.
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HOW MANY openly-LGBT rappers are there? What are the six states without any hate crimes laws? Which country leads the “gay happiness index”? They may not have been questions you’ve thought of before, but the answers to these queries and about a thousand more are answered in LGBTQ Stats.
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Art Memo

  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 [...]
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  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 [...]
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Lesbians

Where to Find Virginia Woolf

IN THIS CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY of Virginia Woolf, Ira Nadel takes us on a tour of the places of significance in Woolf’s life while drawing connections among these places, her relationships, and her writings.
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  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 [...]
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Theatre

Reading this book, which is subtitled My Life in Stories and Pictures, is akin to sitting with Cumming as he leafs through his ever-growing scrapbook of accomplishments, loves lost and won, and collaborations with other name-brand stars.
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The Shock of the Everyday

New faces emerged when in January 2017 a series of mosaics became part of the tiled walls of the 72nd Street Station at the new Second Avenue Subway. Vik Muniz’ Perfect Strangers was the transformation of photographs into life-size mosaics installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance area.
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Memoir

Reviews of One Of These Things First: A Memoir, and the movies, Bayou Maharajah: The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker; Jonathan; and Akron.
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While the earlier parts of Scores are wryly humorous and almost blithely dismissive of the problems encountered in the nightclub’s formation and early success, the book takes on a more serious and suspenseful tone, especially after Blutrich turns to telling the tale of being an informant.
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Reviews

Reviews of One Of These Things First: A Memoir, and the movies, Bayou Maharajah: The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker; Jonathan; and Akron.
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Art

The Shock of the Everyday

New faces emerged when in January 2017 a series of mosaics became part of the tiled walls of the 72nd Street Station at the new Second Avenue Subway. Vik Muniz’ Perfect Strangers was the transformation of photographs into life-size mosaics installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance area.
Continue Reading..