Sex and Subtext in Tolkien’s World Essays, Features
What, then, is the truth about the author’s treatment of homosexuality in the original The Lord of The Rings? Are Jackson’s films faithful to Tolkien’s vision, or do they augment the story with contemporary sexual attitudes? Equally engaging is the question of the life of Tolkien, and the role that homosexuality played in hisMore
Living the Art Book Review
Portraits at an Exhibition is an engaging book, unfolding like a visit to an art museum, recounting well the joy both of viewing paintings and of reading wall-text labels, and becoming frustrated by the constant flow of people cutting into one’s space.
Lesbian Sculptors as Expat Abolitionists Art, Book Review
A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome by Melissa Dabakis Penn State. 286 pages, $29.95 AS I WRITE, a media circus is spinning around Harper Lee’s new old book, Go Set a Watchman, which has set off a feeding frenzy in the publishing industry. No such fanfare has greeted Melissa Dabakis’More
What Makes an Economist Great? Biography, Book Review
Davenport-Hines, a British historian and biographer, gives little space to economic theory. Yet there is a subtle case about economics to be made. What makes a great economist? asks the author.
That Last Recovery Book Review, Memoir
I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir by Kevin Sessums St. Martin’s Press. 272 pages, $25.99 “HAVE YOU fucked the angel?” asks Hugh Jackman in the opening chapter of Kevin Sessums’ I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir, posing the book’s central dilemma: “how to combine the carnal and spiritual.” TheMore
Poet of Desire Biography, Book Review, Poetry
RUPERT BROOKE is one of those figures who continually haunt the periphery of literature, a figure of myth and uncertainty. Chief among his attributes is that he is forever linked with the generation of English poets who perished in World War I.
Baldwin the Shape-Shifter Biography, Book Review
Baldwin first came to the attention of a large public in 1949 with the publication of his second novel, Giovanni’s Room, about a white man’s same-sex adventures in France.
Back Story of a Closely Watched Career Book Review
THERE’S A UNIQUE POWER in the raw, organic evidence of an artist at work—unfinished canvases in a paint-spattered workspace, rough studies and drawings, and even the artist’s personal effects. One thinks of Francis Bacon’s famously chaotic London studio, meticulously catalogued and transported, piece by messy piece, to a Dublin museum after Bacon’s death. That qualityMore
SWM Looking for Same Book Review, Sex
THE TITLE of Jane Ward’s book is not meant to be ironic. Her argument is that while sexual activity between straight white men (SWM) does take place, it doesn’t mean that the participants are gay. The book is about exploring the circumstances under which this situation can be said to arise.
Sartorial Styles of the Counterculture Book Review
Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution by Jo B. Paoletti Indiana. 216 pages, $25. THE AUTHOR of Sex and Unisex begins by quoting Republican candidate Rick Santorum from 2008: “You’re a liberal or a conservative in America if you think the ’60s were a good thing or not. If theMore
Where Bishop Landed Book Review, Poetry
The North Haven Journal illuminates a more intimate story still, Bishop’s relationship with the much younger Alice Methfessel, an administrator at Harvard University, where Bishop had begun teaching in 1970.
Keeper of the Dead Art, Essays
Brush Fires in the Social Landscape is a twentieth-anniversary expanded and redesigned edition of a monograph with the same title published in 1994 by Aperture #137. Wojnarowicz had been in talks with Aperture’s editors about publishing a book of his work, but he died of AIDS in July 1992 before the project was completed.
Warhol by the Book Williams College Museum of Art March 7 to August 16, 2015 AN EXHIBITION that ran this past summer at the Williams College Museum of Art, War-hol By the Book, was quite remarkable both for the sheer beauty of its objects and for revealing a side of Warhol that, amazingly,More
EARLIER THIS YEAR, my film programming colleagues and I at Frameline—the San Francisco International lgbtq Film Festival—met to begin the always agonizing process of selecting our favorites from several hundred new films submitted by filmmakers from around the world, the goal being to assemble a representative snapshot of our cinematic moment. There are aMore
ONE OF MY ROLES as a senior features editor at Town & Country was that of men’s fashion editor, a subject and an arena that I didn’t know at all well but was hired to cover, as the editor-in-chief wanted someone who simply knew the expensive name brands. At my first interview, the editorMore
Short Reviews Briefs
Reviews of Adam Lambert’s album: The Original High, and the books: Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis, Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, and Smash Cut.
File Under When These Things Write Themselves Could this be one of those times when one segment of the population can only see something hilarious, while another (the majority?) can’t see it at all? The image went viral on the social media for those in on the joke, but the double entendre was apparentlyMore
Reader’s Thought Correspondence
The Early Riots Did Make a Difference To the Editor: I take issue with you saying early riots in San Francisco and Los Angeles ended with a thud [in the editor’s introduction to the “Gay New York” issue, July-Aug. 2015]. Neither city was the media center of the country that New York City wasMore
“Harness My Zebras!” Essays, Film
“WHO IS THE WOMAN on the cover,” Richard Lindsay asks in the opening line of his book on Bible-based epic movies, “and why is she in a chariot being drawn by zebras?” (See book cover on page 12.) Well, the simplest answer is that she’s on a billboard-sized movie poster that Cecil B. DeMilleMore
How Horror Thwarted ‘The Code’ Essays, Film
AS A GENRE known for pushing the boundaries of good taste, horror films occupy a unique position within American cinema. Because horror triggers an emotional response in audiences through the presentation of scenes meant to revile and offend, what is deemed to be horrific varies according to the prevailing moral standards when a filmMore
Boyd McDonald’s Eye for Innuendo Essays, Excerpt
IN CRUISING THE MOVIES: A Sexual Guide to “Oldies” on TV (1985), Boyd McDonald scrutinizes the anatomy of Ronald and Nancy Reagan with maniacal glee. The President is not only flabby and “sloppy assed,” but also has tits and wears more makeup than Lucille Ball. In an essay on John Loves Mary (1949), BoydMore
The Secret Life of Action Films Essays, Film
IF YOU WERE to ask a teenage boy what he thought of a movie that was nearly devoid of women characters and was instead filled with muscular, handsome men who are often physical with each other and sometimes scantily dressed, you would probably get an answer that included the word “gay,” in both teenageMore
Sidney Abbott: Sappho’s ‘Right-On Woman’ In Memoriam
SIDNEY ABBOTT, well-known lesbian feminist activist, died in a fire on April 15, 2015, in her home in Southold, Long Island. She was 77. Those of us who knew her remember Sidney as a pioneer in several fields of endeavor, as someone who helped to liberate consciousness from age-old shackles of ignorance and prejudice.More
In Mumbai, a Community Struggling to Be Born International
YOU COULD BE on Oxford Street, or anywhere else in the world’s large cities where young gay men congregate. But the four immaculately styled men, clearly gay, are sitting in an old Irani café in Mumbai, perched on creaking mahogany chairs atop a linoleum floor, under ceiling fans and old posters from Indian RailwaysMore