‘Ratzinger … had to be the one.’ Features, Interview
Daniel Gawthrop doesn’t make any secret about where he stands. in his new book, The Trial of Pope Benedict
‘About the inner sanctum of the self’ Features, Interview
Tóibín’s prose style has been described as “daring and precise,” “austere,” “lyrical,” “reticent,” and even “monkish.”
Minority Voices in Verse Book Review, Poetry
THE WORLD of poetry for gay poets is increasingly a space where poets of diverse ethnicities are publishing stirring work.
The Amusing Life Book Review
A FORMER ADMAN, an actor, a prolific writer, and—judging by the cover photo on his latest book—David Leddick is a remarkably well-preserved man in his eighties.
Talent in a Box Book Review
NO STRAIGHT LINES is not a book about Tom of Finland. While the erotic art of Finnish illustrator Touko Laaksonen makes a brief appearance in this book, Justin Hall is primarily concerned with the cultural underground that GLBT comics have documented—and the political alternatives that they have imagined—from the late 1960s to the present.
Leaving The City Book Review
The End Of San Francisco is an episodic memoir in which readers are brought nose-to-page with a narrative mélange of childhood anorexia, sexual abuse, and present-day attempts at healing. Images cascade and collide with one another in an accomplished literary cadenza of salvation.
The War Years in Japan Book Review
THIS THOUGHTFUL, unusual book is an absorbing memoir of gay Japanese poet Mutsuo Takahashi’s childhood years. It originally appeared in serialized form in 1969 and was published as a book the following year. In the twelve chapters, Takahashi looks over formative moments of his youth and examines the ripples they have had in his laterMore
One Horny Dude Book Review
Faun is bold on the page and may offend some readers: Gil refers to “queers” and “trannies,” is put off by the erections he causes in other men, and assumes all older men are potential child molesters (a holdover from his Catholic upbringing).
Range of Motion Pictures Book Review, Film
This series, “Contemporary Film Directors,” is now joined by Rob White’s in-depth examination of one of the most vital filmmakers
Support for the Biological Argument Book Review, Science, Psych, etc.
Jacques Balthazart’s The Biology of Homosexuality makes the strongest, the most detailed, and the most balanced argument in favor of the biological case for homosexuality.
Strange Man in a Strange Land Book Review
THE TITLE of Declaring His Genius refers to Oscar Wilde’s notorious remark upon landing in New York in 1882 (“I have nothing to declare but my genius”).
Rise and Fall of a One-Hit Wunderkind Book Review
A significant portion of the correspondence reveals that his stint in the army was positively “dreadful”—a word repurposed by Burns to mean “homosexual.” Margolick provides enough war correspondence to justify his claim that Burns was an important chronicler of gay life in the military.
In a Yellow Loo Book Review
How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits, a collection of essays, has a theme: the sin of non-communication.
Into Thick Walls Book Review
IMAGINE your spouse, partner, lover goes out for a walk one evening and never comes back. The police are called, you tell them your story, and nobody is to be found. What would you do?
What Happened to Him as a Child? Book Review
The publication of Francis Bacon: Five Decades coincides with its exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death.
AT A TIME in the 1970s when talk at the playground was of the sex scene on page 36 of The Godfather, I was perpetually reading page 47 of The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal.
Short Reviews Briefs
Reviews of The Greek House: The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos, The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings, and Autobiography of My Hungers.
The Confession of Pope Francis It’s official: there really is a “gay lobby” in the Vatican as rumors would have us believe. The newly seated pope, Francis I, actually used this phrase when discussing his plan to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, whose unexpected resignation was apparentlyMore
How DOMA Ruling Affects Binational Couples DOMA, Guest Opinion
Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled a violation of the principle of equal protection as guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment. One consequence of the ruling is that federal benefits such as the ability of a U.S. citizen to file for his or her spouse’s Lawful Permanent Residency (the “green card”) mustMore
Ziggy Stardust Memories Essays, Music
WHETHER you’re a Bowie fan or not, chances are you’ve heard about the sudden return of the Thin White Duke in the form of an album, The Next Day.
NO TV EVENT sparked the summer heat quite like Behind the Candelabra, the HBO biopic about Liberace’s love affair with Scott Thorson, a man more than forty years his junior. (The film was reportedly rejected by the major studios for being “too gay.”) Much of the fanfare involved the casting of Michael Douglas (now 68)More
‘Who can possibly step into his shoes?’ Film, Interview
Gore Vidal is Nicholas wrathall’s second documentary, and he has been a producer of several films since 1999. This interview was conducted via e-mail by the GLR editor in late June.
France v. the UK: Two Paths to Marriage Equality Guest Opinion, International, Marriage
THE FRENCH like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deeply conservative streak in sometimes violent protests, while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.
Letters to the Editor Guest Opinion, Politics: GLBT Rights
‘Queer’ Subtext Is Not to Be Found To the Editor: In “Dark Victory as Metaphor of the Closet” (July-Aug. issue), Nathan Smith opines that Bette Davis’ film gives us an ex- tended metaphor, some would say a conceit, for the rigors and pains of gay metamorpho- sis, a notion that he clings toMore
How DOMA Ruling Affects Binational Couples Guest Opinion
IT WAS two years ago that I wrote a piece for this page asking, “Will Same-Sex Binational Couples Get Justice?” With the 5-to-4 decision in Windsor v. United States on June 26, the Supreme Court answered my question with a re- sounding “yes.” Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled a violationMore
‘Affirm who you feel you really are.’ Interview
Martin Duberman shares his thoughts about the state of gay politics and reminisced about those heady days in the 60s and 70s when various social movements took on the status quo and paved the way for the gay rights struggle.
‘Elsa was best known for her parties.’ Interview
SAM STAGGS has a new book out. Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World is an entertaining romp through 20th-century culture and celebrity. Amazingly, this is the first biography written about this inveterate partygiver who hosted the rich and royal, and was a staple of newspapers,More
‘I concluded that I owe her awe.’ Interview
Lillian Faderman is our great historian, and her books opened the closet door to the rich, troubled history of lesbians.