Browsing: The Movies

Sept-Oct 2015

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Author Arthur Vanderbilt presents his subject not as someone who speaks for himself but as an appendage to others, usually men of wealth and position and/or noteworthy talent.

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Age enters Thoughts and Things at the end. The forlorn narrator of La Casse, who has spent his life assiduously collecting bits of scrap metal, remnants of tools used to conquer, has a momentary vision of a world where people are linked in a human community.

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James Merrill: Life and Art by Langdon Hammer Knopf. 912 pages, $40. JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995) was that rare breed: a 20th-century poet who had money. His father had…More

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Looking at what he terms the “homicidal homosexual” in the history of American theater, Schildcrout asks us to rethink the links between deviant sexualities and murderous plot lines.

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A Work in Progress by Connor Franta Atria/Keywords Press 212 pages, $16.99 I’VE COME TO AN AGE (65) when I realize I live in an entirely different world…More

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Reviews of Fantasies and Hard Knocks: My Life as a Printer, Nothing Looks Familiar, and Some Desperate Glory.

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Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald Tin House Books. 388 pages, $25.95 ADULT ONSET spans one week, but from within that boundary it frequently comes unstuck in time. Its…More

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Darius in the Shadow of Alexander by Pierre Briant. Translated by Jane Marie Todd Harvard University Press. 579 pages, $39.95 HISTORY is written by the winners, but in recent…More

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Robert Beachy’s comprehensive history of gay Berlin from the 1870s to the 1930s shows that the emergence of gay and lesbian cultures in the modern West owed much to what Mirbeau identified as Berlin’s pederasty and invention—its practice and theory—and Beachy makes a compelling case for the “German invention of homosexuality.”

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