Browsing: Fingers in the Wind

January-February 2015

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Anal Chic  It would be hard to think of a more fashionable hunk of real estate than the Place Vendôme in Paris, that center of haute couture and five-star hotels…More

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Pride Directed by Matthew Warchus Calamity Films EARLY ON IN PRIDE, after the leader of a ragtag group of London gay activists has proposed that they raise money…More

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Blue, Too: More Writing by (for or about) Working-Class Queers Edited by Wendell Ricketts FourCats Press.  486 pages, $18.95 THE COMMERCIALIZATION and mainstreaming of gayness is very much on…More

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Anthony Friedkin:  The Gay Essayby Julian Cox and Eileen MylesFine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Yale Univ. Press. 144 pages, $45. Exhibition at the de Young Museum, San Francisco,June…More

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In Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist,
and the Politics of Gay Love in America, Terry Mutchler writes about the confusion of early courtship and the thrill of the consummation, about stealing a kiss in the darker corners of the capitol building. 

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THE BASIC STORY of Namibia’s Rainbow Project is the impact of efforts by Western activists in Namibia after President Nujoma’s attacks on “gays, lesbian and common criminals,” which unleashed a wave of political homophobia from the mid-1990s on.

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READING Walter Frank’s Law and the Gay Rights Story the same week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider several Circuit cases that upheld marriage equality has been a timely and satisfying coincidence.

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Understanding Truman Capote by Thomas Fahy University of South Carolina Press 186 pages, $39.90 IN THE FINAL PAGES of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s most popular book, there are…More

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Male Sex Work and Society Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott Harrington Park Press. 512 pages, $50. ANY BOOK about male prostitution is bound to call to mind the…More

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Certainty is a brisk and compelling read, a history lesson without pain. It is literate without being fussily literary and gives us a Newport, Rhode Island, that Edith Wharton would not have recognized.

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