Browsing: The Body Modified

July – August, 2011

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An Obscene Diary: The Visual World of Sam Steward Edited by Justin Spring Elysium Press/Antinous Press 320 pages (illustrated), $150. READERS of Justin Spring’s recent biography, Secret Historian: The…More

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THIS CHARMING NOVEL follows a diverse group of Americans on their summer travels in Naples. The cast comes from all walks of life, including a tour group of older gay men “and their admirers” …

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BEFORE HIS DESIGNS for the Broadway production of Dracula and his animated titles for the television series Mystery! made him internationally famous, Edward Gorey was known mainly for a series of quirky little books of which he was not only the illustrator but the author and sometimes the publisher as well.

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BY IT’S VERY TITLE- The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures-we know that Tony Kushner, wunderkind extraordinaire, is presenting a play dense with ideas and extravagant language. Kushner does not shy away from these charges, which have also been applied to his outsize masterpiece Angels in America.

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… I discovered the exquisite work of George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), mostly through my friend and colleague, photographer Duane Michals. I had seen an image or two in exhibits, but Duane showed me a new book by Jack Woody of Lynes’ work, and I became a fan.

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ONE OF THE PURPOSES of the Immigration and Nationality Act is to unite families. Consistent with that aim, Immigration has allowed gay U.S. citizen couples to adopt foreign children for the last eighteen years and, since 2005, has granted post-operative transsexual binational married couples the same recognition and treatment currently enjoyed by traditional binational married and engaged couples. Nonetheless, same-sex binational couples still do not enjoy the same immigration benefits shared by opposite-sex counterparts

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TRISTAN GARCIA’S FIRST NOVEL, Hate: A Romance, has been marketed as a roman à clef about gay Paris in the 1980’s. … [and] tells the story of four French intellectuals who alternate tumultuously between being friends, lovers, and enemies as their lives are affected by the onset of AIDS, the “end of history,” and the assimilation of homosexuality.

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FOLLOWING two memoirs and a first-rate debut novel, Selfish and Perverse (2007), comedian Bob Smith’s second novel, Remembrance of Things I Forgot, will surely thrill the author’s many fans. Here it may well prove resistant to a brief summary; and few works of fiction require a greater suspension of disbelief.

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