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  • Evolutionary Origins of Homosexuality

    Figure 2: Sexual orientation of male study participants with a history of either moderate prenatal stress (left panel) or severe prenatal stress (right panel). Source: Dorner, G., et al. “Stressful Events in Prenatal Life of Bi- and Homosexual Men.” Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology, 1983 (81).

  • Eyewitness to the Alger Hiss Case

    ALGER HISS was on a very clear trajectory toward becoming our nation’s Secretary of State—after helping to found the United Nations—when, in 1948, he was repeatedly and publicly attacked, for reasons I now see as politically motivated, clearly false, possibly pathological, and definitely homophobic.

  • The Unreliable Tenderness of the World

    The irony that lies behind a fascinating new collection of Tennessee Williams's and James Laughlin's letters, The Luck of Friendship, is our knowledge that Williams wanted both commercial and literary success.

  • Freak Out!

    Studio 54 memorializes other things that glossier documentaries forget. Several pages preserve the architecture from initial construction through later redesigns, the cover art and liner notes for an LP mixed at the club, and the posters and invitations that were once the promotional staples of an era before e-mail and Twitter.

  • The Neo-Ridiculous Technique

    Charles Ludlam Lives! is an important addition to American queer theater studies, to go on my shelf beside Laurence Senelick’s The Changing Room (2000) and David Román’s Acts of Intervention (1998).

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