Browsing: Weird Psychology

July – August, 2007

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Dying City by Christopher Shinn Produced by Lincoln Center Theater ATTENDING A PERFORMANCE of this new drama by Christopher Shinn is something like watching a traffic accident in…More

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… In more recent years, the psychotherapeutic memoir and confessional poetry have both been hallmarks of bestselling literature. When it comes to modern gay life, however, no other phenomenon has so completely defined a generation as AIDS. …

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By coincidence, this issue of the G&LR spotlights two topics with which Martin Duberman is closely associated: the life and times of Lincoln Kirstein and the application of various therapies to change the sexual orientation of gay people.

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IN THE PROLOGUE to his memoir, Include Me Out, Farley Granger recollects how, in December 2004, he was invited to a Luchino Visconti retrospective at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to view a restored print of Senso, the lavish 1958 melodrama in which he starred as an Austrian deserter who feigns love for a married Venetian countess and leads her into disrepute and an operatic act of revenge.

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Dan Mathews, vice president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is the originator of many of that organization’s most controversial campaigns against animal cruelty, notably their “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign. An openly gay man, Mathews has long seen a connection between the cause of animal rights and the struggle for GLBT equality. At the age of 42 he has already lived a varied and adventuresome life, one that has enabled him to travel extensively and also landed him in jail many times for his PETA demonstrations.

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ROBERT MCALMON. The name may seem familiar, but probably as an adjunct to some other writer. Born in 1895, as a teen he may have been in love with Gore Vidal’s father, as Vidal infers from McAlmon’s later novel Village. In 1921, although gay or bisexual himself, he accepted a marriage proposal from H.D.’s lover Bryher, an arrangement that got her family off her back and got him a solid income. I

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Born on January 27, 1965, in Perthshire, Scotland, to Mary and Alex Cumming, Alan studied acting from a young age. He was married to Hilary Lyon from 1985 to 1993. In 2004 he met Grant Shaffer and, after a two-year romance, was married to Shaffer in a civil ceremony in early 2007 at the Old royal Navel College in Greenwich, England.

This exclusive interview was conducted in person this past April.

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