Browsing: Fifteenth Anniversary Issue

January – February, 2009

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MAINLY KNOWN as one of the royals of the San Franciscan avant-garde poetry scene, Aaron Shurin has produced a collection of 21 short prose pieces, King of Shadows, which offers up some of the joys of reading a poet’s prose.

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WAS your Sunday School teacher right about there being a loving God, or does the Bible condemn homosexuality as an “abomination”? Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop of the Anglican Church, discusses this question at length in his new book, In the Eye of the Storm.

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Commentary on current events

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CLAYTON LITTLEWOOD and his partner Jorge owned an outlet of the now defunct designer clothing chain, Dirty White Boy, in the heart of London’s gay mecca, Old Compton Street in Soho.

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Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions: Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States by David Rayside University of Toronto Press. 440 pages, $35. THE 49TH PARALLEL…More

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SAN FRANCISCO’S CASTRO DISTRICT was the first big-city neighborhood in the United States where openly gay people elected one of their own to represent them in City Hall. Harvey Milk, the man who was elected in this capacity in 1977, soon became nationally prominent as the leading spokesperson for gay and lesbian rights in a bitterly fought contest over a 1978 statewide ballot measure that would have banned homosexuals from serving as schoolteachers.

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Reviews of Stray Dog Winter, Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems, and Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara.

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SIX YEARS AGO, I began working on an anthology entitled Pulp Friction, which started out as a lighthearted look at the pulp novels of the 1950’s and 1960’s. While Pulp Friction was never intended to be a throwaway book, I originally envisioned it as a nostalgic walk through what I imagined to be a world of outdated and-to our eyes now-probably simpleminded, even homophobic fiction.

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