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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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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Takes on news of the day.

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Nunez has written a compellingly readable and even-handed, but all too brief, memoir of her time in the aura of the incandescent—and high-maintenance—Ms. Sontag.

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… Every would-be icon who has followed-from Madonna to Angelina Jolie or Paris Hilton-has sought to emulate her. But without Taylor’s unique blend of spontaneity and strategy, authenticity and audacity, none have risen to her heights. Nor is it likely, in this very different world, that anyone ever will.

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CRYSTAL WAS WORRIED that she had male orgasms. So she came in to the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) Clinic three years ago for a consultation with a phalanx of specialists: a urologist, a geneticist, an endocrinologist, and me, the psychiatric consultant.

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It Gets Better belongs on the shelves of every middle school library in this country; Homophobic Bullying should be in the principal’s office.

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WHEN I FIRST STUMBLED across Joe Gage’s film L.A. Tool & Die (1979), which was billed as a gay porn movie, I was astonished. “Wait a minute,” I thought, “this is a real film!” As the mix of cinematography, image, soundtrack, vignettes, and intermittent but increasingly compelling narrative unfolded, the sexual content became powerful to the point of being unsettling. That’s when I realized that L.A. Tool & Die—and Gage’s other early works, Kansas City Trucking Co., and El Paso Wrecking Corp.—were more than “real films.” They were art, of a kind I’d never encountered before.

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THE ANNALS of gay history are littered with examples of men in the public eye who have successfully hidden their gay lives from view. … Eugen Sandow was, for a short time, an exception to the rule. He was internationally known as the apotheosis of male beauty and the most perfectly formed man on the planet. Little remembered today, Sandow was the father of modern bodybuilding-and, for a short time at least, he was open about his sexuality

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