• 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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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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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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