Browsing: Excavations

September – October, 2011

New York Hustlers: Masculinity and Sex in Modern America by Barry Reay
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THE HUSTLERS in New York Hustlers are self-identified straight men who exchange sex for money with a homosexual clientele. Reay claims that through this lens he can examine a slice of heterosexuality as well, since these men cross over the great divide between homo- and heterosexual worlds.

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Takes on news of the day.

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Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo by Michael Schiavi
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It is to Michael Schiavi’s credit that he manages in Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo to give equal weight to both sides of Russo’s work: as a student of Hollywood and as a gay activist. …

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A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
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THIS BOOK is the first in a Beacon Press series, “ReVisioning American History,” that’s dedicated to exploring our nation’s past from the perspective of those “who have been excluded from the canon.”

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FIFTY YEARS AGO, the Freedom Riders made history. It was an ugly time, much more divided and dangerous even than our own. … One rider was an Episcopal priest in his late thirties: a sexually confused, former Hollywood executive named Malcolm Boyd …

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The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) a Year in Iraq by Bronson Lemer
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[This] memoir is recommended reading for anyone who might think that a gay soldier might be any less devoted, dedicated, or deserving of military honors than a straight one. In fact, the former carries more invisible scars than their heterosexual brothers and sisters in arms.

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Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen by Mark Blake
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In Is This the Real Life? Blake doesn’t seem to have missed a single event in the lives of the men who were Queen. 

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Kaufman, who lives on Manhattan’s upper West side with Jeffrey LaHoste, his artistic collaborator and life partner of over twenty years, took time out from tweaking preview performances of One Arm to speak with me.

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Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France by Brian Joseph Martin
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THE FIRST THING I liked about this book was its interpretative honesty. It is a work of solid historiography and level-headed literary analysis.

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The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference by Erin McHugh
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ERIN McHUGH has written in The L Life a wide-ranging set of profiles of noteworthy contemporary lesbians. This handsome book introduces “remarkable lesbians” that she interviewed and studied in depth.

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