Browsing: January-February 2005

January-February 2005

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ANTI-GAY ACTIVISTS frequently claim that equal rights for gay and lesbian people are a threat to the civil rights of groups they deem “legitimate minorities,” including African-Americans. For example,…More

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In postwar Baltimore, where he was born in 1946 and went to Catholic school, John Waters was an unusual child. The Wizard of Oz may have been his favorite movie,…More

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LAST JUNE, a special issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) focused on suicide with the stated goal “to provide insights that might lead to successful prevention programs.”…More

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THE QUESTION of whether sex “is worth dying for” was posed by Michel Foucault in his History of Sexuality and speaks directly to why, in the third decade of…More

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EDMUND WHITE’S latest book, Arts and Letters, brings together 39 essays spanning nearly twenty years in the career of one of America’s most accomplished men of letters. In addition…More

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The Queer Movie Poster Book is definitely a coffee-table book, suitable for flipping through at random or as a cocktail-party conversation piece, but it’s more than mere eye candy, providing a valuable visual history of gay and lesbian culture in the movies.

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[Lou] Harrison came out as gay during the McCarthy era and immediately began attending the early meetings of SIR, the Society for Individual Rights, in San Francisco. He took poetry workshops from the poet Robert Duncan and, at SIR meetings, taught Ned Rorem how to do the Charleston. Duncan’s 1944 essay “The Homosexual in Society” touched on feelings of self-deprecation and alienation.

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Ellis Amburn’s 1998 book Subterranean Kerouac, for example, delved deeply into the writer’s ambiguous sexuality. Regina Marler’s new anthology, Queer Beats, breaks new ground in chronicling Beat sexuality.

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ARTS AND LETTERS is a collection of previously published articles, essays, and book reviews, some of which were rewritten, reworked, or updated for this compilation.

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