Browsing: Backlash!

July-August 2014

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ON DECEMBER 20, 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed the long-debated Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Although it originally proposed the death penalty for a variety of homosexual acts, including the dissemination of…More

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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…More

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THERE WERE three of them. The one on the left was a macho boy, all muscles and cool hair. On the right, linking arms with him, was a petite, girly…More

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Zanele Muholi Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass. February 1 to April 27, 2014. “I  WANT to be counted in South African history. I have to write…More

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger
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Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell University of Minnesota Press. 256 pages, $54. THIS ROLLICKING STORY of the Lesbian Avengers, a “direct action…More

Lost and Found in Johannesburg
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GROWING UP in South Africa, journalist Mark Gevisser (b. 1964) was obsessed with maps: in particular, an archaic book of streets and neighborhoods that helped him play a pretend game with himself. It was only many years later that Gevisser realized that segments of his home town of Johannesburg—specifically the neighborhoods in which the city’s poverty-stricken black population lived—were missing from the book.

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Lasting City by James McCourt
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Lasting City takes its impetus from one of the author’s strongest early childhood memories: the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Playing in the sand on a beach where he’s making a “sand castle” of the Flatiron Building, the author’s work is soon trampled by bullies.

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How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying
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How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying: Lessons from a Life in Comedy by Carol Leifer Quirk Books.  224 pages, $19.95 EVEN IF her name doesn’t ring…More

Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s
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Film historian Matthew Kennedy’s scintillating new book, Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, is brimming with gossip and back stories about studio hubris and outrageous movie star tantrums that resulted in financial and artistic disasters, ending the lucrative roadshow tradition.

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