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    Seasons in Hell

    France is like Dante taking us on a tour of the Inferno; he makes us care for the people whose conduct he admired and dislike those whose behavior he found reprehensible.

  • Peter Shaffer

    Playwrights Who Rewrote the Rules

    Their identity as outsiders is what allowed both Albee and Shaffer to recognize the terror that lies behind the masks we wear to be accepted by society.

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    George Michael Made It Big

    George Michael— Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter— sold more than 100 million albums over a thirty-year career and cofounded the British pop duo Wham!

  • Tea FINAL

    A Novelist Gets Personal

    The narrative focus on Michelle [Tea]’s unrealistic search for happiness gives this book a flavor of adolescent self-obsession. However, much of it can be read as a parody of more earnest dystopian and utopian fiction about approaching doom and miraculous redemption, and the social satire is often hilarious.

  • Natalie Clifford Barney, 1896, painted by her mother, Alice Pike Barney

    A Steamy Novel from ‘the Amazon’

    In Women Lovers, Barney writes explicitly and unflinchingly about sex (really hot sex) and gender role-play between women ... (Natalie Clifford Barney, 1896, painted by her mother, Alice Pike Barney)

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Some of My Best Friends…

A recent survey showed a surprising uptick in the percentage of American men who now find homosexuality to be “morally acceptable”—a rise from around 40% for men of all ages in 2006 to around 55% today (and well over 60% for men under fifty). The story received an op-ed comment in the Times from Charles […]

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Lose the “Homosexual”

Right-wing newspapers and talk show hosts insist on using the word “homosexual” rather than “gay”—and with good reason, if their goal is to subtly denigrate GLBT people. A new survey showed that the “homo” word carries a much more negative connotation than does the word “gay,” particularly with Democrats. The New York Times/CBS News poll […]

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And Here’s To You

“And Here’s To You…” Meet Iris Robinson, a Member of Parliament in Northern Ireland who’s involved in a nasty financial scandal. But first, to appreciate the relevance of this faraway kickback case, consider the following brief exchange between Robinson and a radio interviewer: “Stephen Nolan: Do you think that homosexuality is something that is shamefully […]

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Exhibit A

Okay, famous people shouldn’t be held responsible for the misdeeds of their adult progeny. But what if the parent in question has built his entire career out of thumping this connection between fathers and sons, promoting an agenda of prudery and homophobia—calling it “family values”—on the theory that “the children” must be protected by an […]

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Manhunt.net Has a Bad Date

A brief but intense kafuffle erupted last week over a campaign contribution received by Senator McCain from one of his supporters, culminating in the refund of the $2,300 donation to the contributor. What could cause the campaign to part with precious monies at this crucial time in the fund-raising season? It seems the donor, Jonathan […]

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The Hunt for Anal Vectors

A largescale study conducted in two parts of the world has revealed that roughly one in four heterosexual men have anal human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The condition is traditionally associated with women, who undergo the familiar “pap smear” to detect its presence, while the incidence in men was assumed to be much lower. Until recently, […]

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