TNC: a left radicalism ‘that fails to debate its own standards’

Ta-Nehisi Coates, discouraged by the Sanders campaign’s response to his reparations campaign: Liberals have dared to believe in the seemingly impossible—a socialist presiding over the most capitalist nation to ever exist. If the liberal imagination is so grand as to assert this new American reality, why when confronting racism, presumably a mere adjunct of class,… More TNC: a left radicalism ‘that fails to debate its own standards’

The church of man love: Bowie and queerness

I’ve been thinking about the late David Bowie’s influence on my sexuality. On Monday I wrote, “If I’m gay thanks to Lou Reed, I’m cavalier about it thanks to David Bowie.” In 1993, when I bought Changesbowie from Columbia House and played Suede’s debut all summer, I had an inkling of the terrible beauty within… More The church of man love: Bowie and queerness

Details – RIP

With Details joining the great auk, let’s take a minute to praise the stable of writers under James Truman’s stewardship in the mid nineties: Rob Sheffield, Chris Heath, Rob Tannenbaum, Glenn O’Brien, and countless others who contributed to a magazine whose vision of masculinity as insouciant, sexually ambivalent, and comfortable with objectification educated thousands of… More Details – RIP

Palm Beach Stories: The Gleeful Amorality of ‘Some Like It Hot’

I delivered the following introduction on Oct. 28 for the Miami Jewish Film Festival’s “Some Like It Wilder” series. In 2015 we take it for granted that men look hot in women’s clothes. This wasn’t the case in 1959, the year of Some Like It Hot’s release. The collective memory of Cary Grant in a… More Palm Beach Stories: The Gleeful Amorality of ‘Some Like It Hot’

Hitting the Church where it hurts

So what conservatives would call Social Issues have creeped into the Jesuit preparatory school that produced Fidel Castro, Manny Diaz, and Carlos Curbelo: Richard Rodriguez’s heart thumped as he walked into his ten-year high school reunion at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, the famed all-boys academy in western Dade that boasts graduates from Fidel Castro to… More Hitting the Church where it hurts

Pope Francis: conscientious objection ‘is a right’

Pope Francis said things that would lead a reasonable man to conclude that he believes people like Kim Davis have a right to refuse discharging duties they consider immoral: On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing… More Pope Francis: conscientious objection ‘is a right’