Browsing: Election 2012

September – October, 2012

Gay Lives by Robert Aldrich
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SOME BOOKS are meant to be read cover-to-cover: Madame Bovary, War and Peace, Fifty Shades of Grey. Others may be dipped into at any point, since there is no continuous narrative, only-as in the case at hand-self-contained accounts that take a few pages each. Gay Lives, by Robert Aldrich, a professor of European History at the University of Sydney, belongs to the latter category. …

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There Will Be Rainbows:A Biography of Rufus Wainwright by Kirk Lake
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YOU MAY NOT NEED Kirk Lake’s recent biography of Rufus Wainwright to learn that the singer-songwriter has a penchant for peacocks. …

[and Kirk] Lake’s portrait of Wainwright, titled There Will Be Rainbows, is the perfect complement to the Canadian-American’s loud and lavish œuvre and, with its references to Tennyson, Wilde, Kubrick, and Barthes, …

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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 by Susan Sontag
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This volume covers Sontag’s life from age 31 to 47. During this period, she wrote some of her best-known essays, including the epic ‘Notes on Camp’ (1964). …

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IN JUNE 1998, fifteen anti-gay organizations launched the ‘ex-gay’ Truth in Love campaign with full-page ads in America’s largest newspapers. The first ad appeared in The New York Times and featured an ‘ex-lesbian’ who smiled under the optimistic headline, “I’m Living Proof That The Truth Can Set You Free.”

The religious right jumped on the “ex-gay” bandwagon because its traditional fire-and-brimstone rhetoric was beginning to backfire. …

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Into the Garden with Charles: A Memoir by Clyde Phillip Wachsberger
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This memoir is, in a way, the antidote to the much more written-about “fast lane” in which gay men seem to be confined to the urban meat market.

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THERE IS literally no issue in the United States today in which the gulf between the two parties is wider than on the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to legal equality. This is a relatively new fact in American political life. …

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The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words Edited by Vince Emery
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[The Times of Harvey Milk] helped to bring Milk closer to household-name status and undoubtedly smoothed the way for The Harvey Milk Interviews, an inviting collection of interviews with and speeches by Milk himself. …

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Thoughts on news of the day.

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CHAI FELDBLUM is one of five commissioners on the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was appointed to that post by President Obama in March 2010. This interview was conducted over the phone, and transcribed in real time by the interviewer, on July 2, 2012.

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