Browsing: PRIDE ... and PREJUDICE

May – June, 2005

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SIR PHILIP SIDNEY supposedly said, “Only a fool has never written a sonnet, and only a fool has written more than one sonnet.” But Sidney wrote scores of them, and Shakespeare penned over 150. Edmund Miller has surpassed both poets in sheer quantity. …

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THIS IS the first published biography of Charles Flandrau, a novelist, critic, and short story writer for the Saturday Evening Post, called “the best essayist in America” by New Yorker drama critic Alexander Woollcott in 1935. …

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AS THE WORLD reaches flash-point over same-sex marriage, the United States is galloping madly in one direction-to deny civil marriage to gays. Yet many countries in Europe are galloping in the opposite direction-towards giving civil status to same-sex relationships in some way. …

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… For those familiar with Mohr’s work in GLBT philosophy, much of this book’s philosophical machinery will be familiar, as it draws from many of his prior publications, including his often reprinted article, “Gay Basics,” his work on recent Supreme Court rulings, and especially his 1994 book, A More Perfect Union: Why Straight America Must Stand Up for Gay Rights. …

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THERE’S an arresting portrait of Harry Count Kessler, painted by Edvard Munch in 1906, that hangs in the Nationalgalerie, Berlin. A handsome, mustached, fine-featured man looks at us from beneath a rakishly tilted white summer hat. Wearing a dark suit, leaning slightly on a stylish thin cane, Count Kessler is elegant and impeccable, and appears younger than his 38 years. …

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SOME DUST has begun to settle on C. A. Tripp’s controversial new book, The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln. For several weeks after the book’s publication last January, the media swirled with news reports, interviews, editorial cartoons, online forums, and even satires. The reviews have been surprisingly positive-but …

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IN THE EPILOGUE to his 1995 book, The Pink and the Black, which was arguably the first real history of the gay-rights movement in France, Frédéric Martel questions the notion of “gay pride.” …

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