Issues Archives: Excavations

September – October, 2011


Takes on news of the day.

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Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo by Michael Schiavi

The Making of a Film Archive Activist

It is to Michael Schiavi’s credit that he manages in Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo to give equal weight to both sides of Russo’s work: as a student of Hollywood and as a gay activist. …

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A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

Time on the Qross

THIS BOOK is the first in a Beacon Press series, “ReVisioning American History,” that’s dedicated to exploring our nation’s past from the perspective of those “who have been excluded from the canon.”

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The Many Lives of Malcolm Boyd

FIFTY YEARS AGO, the Freedom Riders made history. It was an ugly time, much more divided and dangerous even than our own. … One rider was an Episcopal priest in his late thirties: a sexually confused, former Hollywood executive named Malcolm Boyd …

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The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) a Year in Iraq by Bronson Lemer

No Fags in the Foxhole

[This] memoir is recommended reading for anyone who might think that a gay soldier might be any less devoted, dedicated, or deserving of military honors than a straight one. In fact, the former carries more invisible scars than their heterosexual brothers and sisters in arms.

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Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen by Mark Blake

Queen for the Hardcore

In Is This the Real Life? Blake doesn’t seem to have missed a single event in the lives of the men who were Queen. 

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Moisés Kaufman’s Journey to Tennessee

Kaufman, who lives on Manhattan’s upper West side with Jeffrey LaHoste, his artistic collaborator and life partner of over twenty years, took time out from tweaking preview performances of One Arm to speak with me.

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Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France by Brian Joseph Martin

Men under Arms with Bonaparte

THE FIRST THING I liked about this book was its interpretative honesty. It is a work of solid historiography and level-headed literary analysis.

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The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference by Erin McHugh

Those Overachieving L’s

ERIN McHUGH has written in The L Life a wide-ranging set of profiles of noteworthy contemporary lesbians. This handsome book introduces “remarkable lesbians” that she interviewed and studied in depth.

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Henry James and the Queerness of Style by Kevin Ohi

Writing Strange

NEAR THE END of this brilliant study, Kevin Ohi draws a comparison that is surprisingly down-to-earth in a book that expresses complex ideas in the highly technical language of contemporary literary criticism and queer studies.

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