Browsing: Animal Magnetism

July-August 2003

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Sexual attraction has ever been the stuff of popular songs and other cultural artifacts, where it is variously mysterious or heart-breaking or the ultimate fulfillment of one’s destiny. But…More

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There is a queer subtext in Will & Grace, but it’s contained inside the gay-but-normalized text, a kind of marginalized Greek chorus that’s embodied in the character of Karen Walker and her relationship with Jack.

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Tolkien created a fantasy world from which heterosexual romance is almost entirely absent. Instead, this world comprises a fellowship of nine single men all bound to each other by their solemn word, with the bond of Frodo and Sam at its core.

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In the early years of porn videos, they were far less choreographed. The producers collected a few sexy guys who turned each other on and let them go in front of the camera. Today, reams of credits precede the nitty-gritty: for screenwriters, hairdressers, lighting consultants, costumers, make-up artists…

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Over the past decade, we have each had pronounced experiences with pain which have punctuated our ongoing conversations about literature, queer theory, feminism, and daily life. While we have…More

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Rechy’s autobiographical novel, City of Night, about a lonely hustler drifting across the country, first appeared in 1963, shocking the literary world and becoming a controversial bestseller. It…More

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Edmund White is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including the autobiographical trilogy A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, as well as The Joy of Gay, States of Desire, Genet: A Biography, Proust, The Married Man, and, Flâneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris.

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The following passage is excerpted from the author’s introduction to his new translation of a book written in 1525 by Antonio Vignali (1500-1559), a young Italian nobleman from Siena, entitled…More

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IT’S JUST PAST NOON on an April Sunday in Washington, D.C. A friend and I are waiting for a third friend to join us for a bicycle ride along…More