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By Adam Odsess-Rubin

With the recent success of openly queer actors like Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (formerly MJ Rodriguez), Elliot Page, Billy Porter, Kirsten Stewart, and Ariana DeBose, now is the time to evolve our standards for representation on stage and screen.

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By J. Ken Stuckey

This year’s Oscars were peppered with moments of diversity and inclusion. It’s too bad almost none of those moments will be remembered

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By Charles Green
BASED ON Charles M. Blow’s 2015 memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which is about growing up poor and Black in Louisiana, as well as being sexually abused, Terence Blanchard’s emotionally charged opera opened the Met’s 2021–22 season … making it the first opera by a Black composer to appear at the Met.

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By Kristina Ebanez

I’ve left my hometown in Hawai’i three times. The first time was when I was fifteen. The second move was when I was eighteen. The last and hopefully final time was when I was twenty-six years old. Each time I left, I got asked the same question: “Why did you leave?”

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By Wayne Hoffman

I haven’t missed a Bear Week since then. I go dancing every day, shirtless. One week every year. It recharges me when my self-confidence is running low.

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Book Reviews

Where the Lost Generation Found Itself

While the historical information in The Paris Bookseller sometimes feels reminiscent of a history book, the novel’s easy style and tender portrayal of Beach and her friends make for a pleasurable reading experience.

Perspectives Will Vary

            A new monograph, David Hockney—Moving Focus, memorializes not only the illustrious career of one of the world’s most famous artists but also the Tate Museum’s supporting role in it.

Alternatives to the ‘Hard’ Black Male

“ONCE WE BEGIN to look for them, we see sissies everywhere,” writes Marlon B. Ross in Sissy Insurgencies, noting that this controversial label can apply not only to such obviously gender non-conforming men as author James Baldwin and singers Little Richard and Sylvester James, but also to figures like educator Booker T. Washington, historian Henry Louis Gates, and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain.

Short Reviews

Brief reviews of A PROXIMATE REMOVE: Queering Intimacy and Loss in The Tale of Genji, ALL OF YOU EVERY SINGLE ONE: A Novel, I’M NOT HUNGRY, BUT I COULD EAT: Stories, and WHAT WE PICK UP: Stories

Time to Unpack

WHAT any reasonable reader wants when picking up a celebrity memoir is a compendium of splashy anecdotes about other celebrities. Oh look! There’s Whoopi! Baryshnikov! Arbus! Channing! Manilow!—“American cultural royalty,” as Alan Cumming calls them. With this as the gold standard, the song-and-dance man with a new memoir titled Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life does not disappoint.

A Pip for the ’60s

            In its resetting of Dickens, Furnace Creek reads like an entertaining amalgam of the Victorian tradition and Southern Gothic. Newt’s first-person narration is littered with Britishisms (“hob,” “two weeks’ time”) and often carries the highfalutin syntax of social aspiration, but the legacy of the South is never far away …