Tag Archives: Gay Life

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is an unabashed romp

What might make Call Me By Your Name the first wide release film about two gay men fondling each other to attract audiences since 2005 is that it presents itself as an idyll: Armie Hammer is Oliver, a graduate student … Continue reading

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I’m not done looking yet: the best of Ani DiFranco 1993-2001 (more or less)

You think I’ve listened to every note? Neither have you. No other great singer-songwriter in the last twenty years requires un-judicious pruning (Conor Oberst, meh). Her headline-grabbing politics, right-on explorations of sexual tactics, excellent acoustic guitar strumming and picking will … Continue reading

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‘Race is the last issue where the devil would ever need an advocate’

Wading into a so-called free speech debate that has given National Review Online its only clicks since January, Maya Rupert questions the role of devil’s advocate when debating racial questions: Armed with the cloak of dispassion, the devil’s advocate is … Continue reading

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Tough guys: Rostam and Kip Moore

Rostam – Half-Light As Vampire Weekend’s former keyboardist, guitarist, and producer, Rostam Batmanglij was its most essential member, meshing with singer Ezra Koenig in a partnership responsible for thin, sumptuous, string- and harmony-based arrangements that roamed far afield. His second … Continue reading

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Go ahead with your schemin’: the best of Vince Clark + Erasure

Suspicious of Vince Clarke’s facility, I hesitated before publishing this list, in cold storage for several weeks. But a Facebook discussion with Ned Raggett about Music for the Masses forced a re-listen of Pop! in the car. Clark isn’t a … Continue reading

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‘The Untamed’ a sci fi story brimming with sexual ambivalence

f A movie about a space alien, a story about gay panic, and a vignette about the Mexican middle class, The Untamed manages to be three things at once yet is strongest, unexpectedly, as the second and third. Amat Escalante, … Continue reading

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The congealing of gay radicalism

Although I know it’s Salon, I’ve seen bravado this phony published several times in this post-Obergefell world, and every time I finish these pieces I think of Wile E. Coyote hovering in mid-air before plummeting to his doom. Responding to … Continue reading

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Testing the limits of reaching out: Tyler, the Creator and Romeo Santos

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy Having gotten clicks from demonstrations of truculence, Tyler Gregory Okonma shares a few unexpected admissions, truculently. I don’t think he’s either clever enough or cynical enough (or truculent enough) to fake them. “For the … Continue reading

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Racism in the LGBT community

In June, Philadelphia decision to include a black and brown stripes on the Pride flag infuriated some gays for reasons that made them look at best obstinate and at worst racist. A flag designed in the late seventies as a … Continue reading

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Cosmos and cardiology

When I share anecdotes, I worry whether my posts will look like this drool, a simpering attempt at profundity. The actor from HBO’s Girls, new to New York City and homosexuality, drinks Cosmos with a blue-eyed handsome man in 2001 … Continue reading

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Don’t trust Trump, part XVIII

Chronicling the degeneration of Donald Trump’s attitudes toward the queer community shows the perils of relying on the whims of plutocrats: After completing a 2005 boardroom scene for “The Apprentice,” Trump told the show’s first openly gay competitor that he … Continue reading

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The president’s contempt for human dignity

In the last forty-eight hours, Donald J. Trump’s contempt for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has led to wags speculating that he hopes to push the attorney general close enough to the window so that Sessions jumps. Yesterday the National Review, … Continue reading

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