Browsing: The Sotadic Zone

March – April, 2008

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EVAN FALLENBERG’S Light Fell is a slight, disarming novel about a gay man’s effort to reconcile with his five sons on his fiftieth birthday. Told episodically and in flashbacks, the story introduces Joseph Licht, a man who met and fell in love with Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig and left his family to go live with his lover.

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… One “social misfit” group expelled from their country were gays and lesbians. Among them was the renowned novelist, short-story writer, poet and playwright Reinaldo Arenas (1943- 1990). …

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Reviews of the novels: The Sixth Form and At the Bottom of the Sky.

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… Rofel sees China moving toward a cosmopolitan consumer culture that mixes various cultural elements both East and West. But along with the desire for goods, other desires begin to find expression in public spaces, including sexual ones. Thus there has been a general loosening of attitudes on sexual activity in general and homosexuality in particular. …

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THIS NEW BOOK of photographs is remarkable in a number of ways. … [and] comes with a pair of plastic glasses that produce the 3-D effect and magnify the image as well. …

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THE INITIAL IDEA begins with a spark, a curiosity. Sometimes it comes

from deep inside, from a secret longing for strange lands I read about

as a child in the art and archeology books my parents had stacked in

collapsing piles in our living room…

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… Strict followers of the tenets of Michel Foucault-if fewer and less adamant of late-argue that prior to the articulation of modern notions of homosexuality (one which used contemporary terms such as “the homosexual,” for instance), neither “homosexuality” nor “the [male] homosexual” can be said to have existed. …

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Franklin Kameny is an activist who helped initiate gay militancy in the early 60’s. He coined the slogan “Gay is Good” in 1968 and is widely regarded as one of the “founding fathers” of the GLBT rights movement.

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AMONG THE GREAT "GAY" QUOTES is one attributed to the English dramatist-poet-spy, Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), but it is probably apocryphal: "All they that love not tobacco and boys are fools." Yet to stress the quotation’s unreliability-it was given in testimony by a government informer-is to miss the more important queer textual evidence in Marlowe’s remarkable Edward the Second (ca.1592).

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… what caught my attention was the cover illustration of a handsome young man, lean, muscular, arms akimbo, staring boldly at the viewer, and not just shirtless but naked, his golden torso daringly visible from his crotch upward. This cover is included in Ian Young’s wonderfully informative Out in Paperback: A Visual History of Gay Pulps. …

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