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Jim Nawrocki reviews Michael Rumaker’s Robert Duncan in San Francisco and Hilary Holladay’s American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke.
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Head Over Heels
A MAN who is never named – as if he’s invisible or not worthy of a name – is the protagonist of this somber, almost depressing novel by Will Davis, author of the award-winning novel, My Side of the Story (2007). …
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This book is a remarkable work of reconstruction. It begins with the “American dream” of Mereleh Luft, a teenage girl in Latvia: “She’d been sent out to be an apprentice, first to a milliner and then to a dressmaker, and with loathing she’d believed the needle would be her whole life.
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ONE MAGAZINE, America’s first openly gay publication, was launched in Los Angeles in January 1953. It continued going strong for almost a decade, until an internal split in the parent organization, One Inc., weakened the magazine. Still, it continued to publish in a diminished form up to 1967, only two years before Stonewall. …
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TREBOR HEALEY’S LATEST NOVEL, A Horse Named Sorrow, is a painfully beautiful book. It’s also gloriously sexy and, along with Michelle Tea’s Valencia (2000), it’s among the finest depictions of queer life in 1990s San Francisco. …
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Love Canals
A YOUNG American artist, Jenny Kidd, has left a dull job and her overbearing parents behind to come to Venice. In New York, she feels trapped between her parents’ expectations, her need to make a living, and her desire to paint and teach or illustrate. In Venice, hoping that her paintings might provide a livelihood,More
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DEAHN BERRINI’S How To Earn Your Keep is a tentative novel, full of almosts. It has aspects of a legal thriller, shadings of chick lit, and something akin to a coming out story, braided into a larger narrative about finding one’s moral compass in trying times. It’s an engaging mix, if hesitant in its delivery.More
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Rough Traders
WILLIAM DRUMMOND STEWART was part of the landed aristocracy in 19th-century Scotland, albeit a second son, who ultimately became baronet of Murthly Castle late in life upon the death of his childless older brother. With limited cash and not a lot to do prior to inheriting the title, he set out for ‘pleasure trips’ toMore
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Another Country
IT IS POSSIBLE that you’ve already heard of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, which was a featured selection of Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club, still a potent force in publishing and enough to guarantee that Ayana Mathis’ debut novel would be an instant best-seller. The book is of a piece with many of Winfrey’s selections …
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… The ACA is expected to have many unpredictable effects within the healthcare system, especially for those affected by hiv/aids. The ACA is also poised to impose new insurance criteria for those receiving treatments through the Ryan White Care Act (rwca). …
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A Cuban Art Exhibit to Remember
ONE OF THE MOST prestigious art galleries in Havana is La Acacia, is placed in a highly touristic zone of the city. An unusual art show took place in that gallery from January 18 to February 28 of this year called Sex in the City, a collective exhibition of homoerotic Cuban art.
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THIS IS a remarkable exhibition to be found touring three lesser-known provincial art venues in southern England. One of the venues, Falmouth, fully makes sense, in that many of the paintings by Cedric Morris and Christopher (‘Kit’) Wood gathered here relate to periods spent in St. Ives and across Cornwall, and they feature the usualMore
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I’M LOOKING at 25 photographs of retired, wrecked masters of the sea, ocean liners laid up and languishing in disuse and decay. These photographs, from Stranded: The Twilight of the Ocean Liner: Photographs by Martin Cox, at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, illustrate the reverse velocity of technology, steely in these old ships …
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Jamaica has long held the reputation as the most homophobic nation in the western hemisphere; but Diana King’s arrival has permanently altered its anti-gay image …
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Reviews of Real Man Adventures and Pray the Gay Away.
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BTW
Twists and triumphs “by the wayside” of GLBT life.
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Readers’ Thoughts
Readers respond to articles in recent issues.
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Wrestling with Greco-Roman Mores
NOW in his eighties, Charles Rowan Beye holds the title Distinguished Professor of Classics Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Beye is better known to the world as a translator of the ancient Greek classics and as a scholar …
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Cuba: How Real Is the Thaw?
I’d been looking for Gay Havana and this was as much as I’d found, these three twenty-something boys out for a bit of afternoon fun in La Habana Vieja (Old Havana).
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LAST YEAR will be remembered in contemporary Russian history as the year in which politics returned to the country. For the first time since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999, Russia saw large civil protests and political debates both in the parliament and in the media. …
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Spain: Bones of Contention
… POET AND PLAYWRIGHT Federico García Lorca was one of the hundreds of thousands of people executed by Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War. Today he has grabbed such a powerful hold on Spain’s cultural imagination that a photograph of his face is used as the logo for the city of Granada’s tourism industry..More
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New Delhi witnessed an event last November that’s becoming increasingly commonplace in India. It was the 5th edition of the Delhi Queer Pride Parade. … The first such gay pride parade in India took place in 2003. … This development in India over the last couple of decades reflects the increasing willingness of gay peopleMore
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Malawi: Churches Stand in the Way
EARLY IN 2010, a legal trial in Malawi made international news when two individuals were sentenced to fourteen years in prison for holding a traditional engagement ceremony or ‘chinkhoswe.’ The couple were a transgender woman named Tiwonge Chimbalanga and a man named Steven Monjeza, whose act of mutual devotion was deemed an ‘unnatural offense’ underMore
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As in the United States, where ten states and the District of Columbia have marriage equality, Israel has marriage equality of an indeterminate nature, but in a different way. Same-sex couples in Israel cannot get married on Israeli soil. But if they travel abroad to marry in jurisdictions that allow them to, the Israeli governmentMore
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Ed Koch, the Ambiguously Gay Mayor
IT WAS certainly intriguing to read the obituaries of Ed Koch, the famous former mayor of New York, who passed away at 88 on February 1. Most mainstream papers were coy about a fact that almost everyone knew-that Koch was gay-while some noted that he had remained a bachelor his whole life and had noMore
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LARRY MITCHELL helped clear the way for many of us, even if we didn’t know it. When I met Larry in 2008 to interview him for this magazine, we discovered that we had grown up thirty miles apart in Indiana … Only after I made my way to graduate school in Indiana, and then toMore
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IN 2012, a Cuban friend who is an accomplished gay artist was able to visit the United States for the first time for a few months. Because Americans generally get their impressions of Cuba from either government propaganda or leftist sympathizers of the Cuban regime, I wanted to get the views of a nonpartisan independentMore
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EARLIER THIS YEAR, Frank Ocean hit the 55th Grammy Awards like a tsunami. Nominated for six awards, Ocean took home two; and performed a down-tempo love song to a guy named Forrest Gump. …
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