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Issues Archives: Election 2016

Sept-Oct 2016

HIV Survivors and the ’16 Election

  “I’M THE LUCKIEST unlucky person in the world. No one wants to be the last man standing,” reflected Peter Greene, one of the eight long-term HIV survivors from the San Francisco Bay area, featured in the new documentary Last Men Standing. Greene personifies the ambiguous fate of many long-term HIV survivors. Having been voted […]

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Sarah Schulman on Her Latest Provocations

  I   FIRST encountered Sarah Schulman in January 1996, when she was a speaker at “Literature in the Age of AIDS” in Key West. That seems a lifetime ago. We met again a couple of years later at UNC-Asheville, where she was beginning to articulate her ideas about “familial homophobia,” the central idea in her […]

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More Than a Sanskrit Sex Manual

Doniger translated from the original Sanskrit text, while Kakar translated the Hindi commentary. Their translation was widely praised as more accurate than the original 1883 English translation by Sir Richard Francis Burton.

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The Mind of the Millennial (Poet)

Bernstein’s poetry derives from a culture of ceaseless contact, but tenuous closeness. It is filled with psychoanalytic lingo and sexual explicitness.

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How to Be Gay in 1861

Cecil Dreeme is remarkable, compelling, and utterly unclassifiable.

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A Renaissance Reborn

  Aphrodite’s Daughters: Three Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Maureen Honey Rutgers. 224 pages, $27.95   STUDIES of the Harlem Renaissance typically focus on black male figures such as Langston Hughes and Claude McKay. Not only are women typically underrepresented; indeed, the movement is often portrayed as being essentially a black male phenomenon. Thus, […]

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Out amid The Troubles

  Tender: A Novel by Belinda McKeon Little, Brown and Co. 416 pages, $27.   IRELAND has changed dramatically over the past half-century. Ragged gypsies aren’t huddled with barefoot children on the bridges over Dublin’s Liffey River, begging for alms—a common sight in the late 1960s. The low-level but savage sectarian war over Northern Ireland […]

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Couples in Flux

  Weekend by Jane Eaton Hamilton Arsenal Pulp Press. 289 pages, $17.95   THE ACTION in Weekend takes place over a mere two days, and it all happens on a small island in Ontario, where a celebratory getaway reveals fracture lines running through the relationships of the participants. The central characters are two lesbian couples […]

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Fans of a Transperson

In sharing her stories, Jennings is cheerily upbeat, though she says that she does encounter haters and sometimes suffers from depression. She confides these deeply personal matters with an honesty that readers don’t generally get from an adult.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of the books: The Man Who Loved Birds, Gay American Novels, 1870-–1970: A Reader’s Guide, The Argonauts, and Communal Nude: Collected Essays and the album Love You to Death.

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