• The Fall of Valor

    Love’s Longings Lost

    The Fall of Valor, then, is very much a novel of its time. Because Charles Jackson has captured that time so exactly, it becomes a novel for our time as well.

  • Cumming

    Stardom in the Age of the Selfie

    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.” 

  • Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder and Anthony Andrews as 
Sebastian Flyte in the 1981 BBC adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

    Waugh’s Life Reconsidered: Still Dismal

    Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder and Anthony Andrews as Sebastian Flyte in the 1981 BBC adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

  • Camille parody

    Camille of Fire Island

    The Cherry Grove Archives received several old canisters of film in 2015. One was labeled Camille, penned on a strip of dried cellophane tape. … The reels were sent off to a film editing studio to be digitized. Once returned and restored in high definition and full color, they revealed a drag parody of the movie Camille.

  • SodomUndGomorrha

    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, and also because Hollywood and the Bible have a great deal in common, to wit: ...

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Sordidness x Homophobia =

The catalog of anti-gay clergymen and politicians who’ve gotten caught with their hands in a bad place is so long at this point—many instances having landed on this page over the years—that the bar is always being raised on what qualifies as BTW-worthy. Thus, for example, the recent arrest of a Delaware politician described as a “rising […]

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The Name of the Spouse

The last issue featured an op-ed piece by Michelangelo Signorile on the Associated Press’s announcement that it would stop using the word “homophobia,” which it disparaged as inaccurate and outdated. Now the AP has ventured into the fraught turf of same-sex marriage and adjudged the words “husband” and “wife” to be off limits to describe […]

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For years the far Right has been insisting that gay people comprise a mere one percent of the population—which somehow bolsters their belief that we don’t deserve equal rights.

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Drooling Now

Sometimes these items almost write themselves, and there’s just nothing much to add. Take the recent rant by Rev. Pat Robertson of The 700 Club (yes, it still exists), when he blamed the January blizzard in New York on gay people. This would be garden variety Robertson, only this time the blizzard was seen not […]

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Two Random Facts:

•  A huge study of sexual behavior conducted by Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, compiled from almost 6,000 subjects and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, has found that eight percent of men and seven percent of women identify as gay or bisexual. This proportion is far larger than claimed by religious […]

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Tea and Calumny

Tea and Calumny The so-called “Tea Party” (or has it gone beyond the “so-called” stage?) has accomplished a number of things, such as exposing the fault lines within the Republican Party, not to be mistaken for your father’s club for button-down suburbanites. No, this new breed of shut-ins and early retirees is mad as hell, […]

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