Short film. Based on award winning story by LGBT fiction pioneer Richard Hall.

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By Bridgette M. Redman

Who knows a person best: A spouse,  a parent, a lover? How can people who all claim to have the greatest closeness to someone have totally different perceptions of who that person is?

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AIDS nostalgia fuels Better Davis and Other Stories. This is not to mean a sentimental longing for the return of a time when the epidemic cusped in the early 80s, but rather a writer’s skillful reconstruction of the painful appearance of the scourge forty years ago …

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By Richard Schneider

From The G&LR‘s BTW column in its Holiday Issue (Nov-Dec).

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By Lev Raphael

Every statue from the ancient world that I’ve encountered since that day reminds me of the discovery of such unparalleled beauty and the nascent discoveries of self that waited for me in my teens.

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By Les Wright

Today, I continue to live with the deeply ingrained need for gay male friendships. These are the people who truly understand me. These are the people, for the most part, that I have relied on in times of need.

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By John Newmeyer

I sensed that night that I was more hopeful than he was about being gay. That difference widened in the months to come, with tragic consequences.

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Book Reviews

Celebrity What-If’s

            The title character, Better Davis, is a drag queen who comes vividly to life in her own story. There is great humor in this account as she portrays Bette Davis going blind in the movie Dark Victory.

Poems for This Moment

IN THIS SWEET debut collection of love poems, What Are the Men Writing in the Sugar?, Matty Bennett puts a first serious gay relationship on a pedestal to admire it from every angle.

Doctor Zhivago’s Grandson

            As happens in so many memoirs by gay men, Sharif was bullied as a child. His parents were divorced and he was shuttled from home to home when he was young, from Canada to the Middle East, wherever his family members lived. Still, he came of age in what most would consider a comfortable life.

Hey, It’s a Future

            The world of The Membranes is familiar to us in 2021 but was quite prescient in 1996. In this version of Earth, the planet has been ravaged by climate change, humans have retreated to domes under the ocean, cyborgs have become cheap labor, and giant media conglomerates control what information we have access to in our day-to-day lives.

A Poet of ‘Oppositional Imagination’

THE CALM, beautifully aged face of the poet Adrienne Rich gazes at the reader from the new book by her friend, Ed Pavlic, who explains that his relationship with Rich began when she (as a contest judge) chose his first book of poems for a prize, and they began exchanging letters in 2001.

Short Reviews

Reviews of Of Solids and Surds, Occasional Views, Volume 1 “More about Writing” and Other Essays by Samuel R. Delany; Home Stretch by Graham Norton; and Take Down Portraits: Drawings and Portraits by Larry Stanton by Winthrop Smith