Browsing: Analyze What?

March – April, 2012

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THIS IS THE SECOND PART of my interview with Edmund White, in which he discusses two books that have recently been released: Jack Holmes and His Friend, a novel; and Sacred Monsters …

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“San Francisco, January 15, 1911 – Rear Admiral Chauncey M. Thomas, Commander of the Second Squadron of the Pacific Fleet, today relieved Rear Admiral Edward B. Barry as Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, in pursuance of orders received from the Navy Department in Washington.” Thus began the article in The San Francisco Chronicle that led to the destruction of the hitherto stellar military career of Rear Admiral Edward Buttervant Barry.

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Reviews of The Third Buddha, Money Boy, and The Two Krishnas.

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AS a former gay liberationist, I approached this book with some trepidation. There is a widespread lack of awareness of the realities of gay liberation as a social and political movement of the early 1970’s. …

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J Edgar by Hefling
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THERE’S NOTHING really wrong with J. Edgar, a film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black (who wrote the screenplay for Milk, another recent gay biopic). It’s atmospheric, it’s well acted, it covers an interesting sweep of American history, and it effectively dramatizes the relationship Hoover had with his lifelong companion Clyde Tolson-and, more important, the one he had with his mother. …

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Allan Berube
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… This volume is a collection of Bérubé’s essays, lovingly assembled by Estelle B. Freedman and John D’Emilio, historians themselves, and friends and colleagues of Bérubé’s. …

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Tomboy Written and directed by Céline Sciamma
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THE YOUNG FRENCH writer/director Céline Sciamma makes films that are empathetic and honest about the confusion that attends children’s sexual awakenings. Her first feature, 2007’s Water Lilies, dealt tenderly with the terrors and indignities of adolescent sexuality among a group of fifteen-year-old girls. Her latest film, Tomboy, explores an earlier and even more bewildering stage of life.

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What’s striking about Bossypants, her bestselling memoir, is that Fey devotes an entire chapter to all the gay and lesbian kids who, growing up with her in the Philly suburbs, helped to create her uniquely comic, even camp, sensibility.

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DURING WORLD WAR TWO, Gertrude Stein translated a collection of speeches by Marshall Pétain, the head of the Vichy government in France. Among them were diatribes that, as Barbara Will shows in Unlikely Collaboration, “announced Vichy policy barring Jews and other ‘foreign elements’ from positions of power in the public sphere and those that called for a ‘hopeful’ reconciliation with Nazi forces.”

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