The antecedents (and portents) of the Buffalo shooting

A month before we remember the sixth anniversary of the Pulse shooting, I watched coverage of the massacre in Buffalo and knew that sometime this year a lone gunman will step into a gay club and shoot revelers. Again. There would be no national mourning. The media will dissect the significance of a “manifesto,” asContinue reading “The antecedents (and portents) of the Buffalo shooting”

On the uselessness of political media, part #7682

Walking and eating through my first New Orleans trip last weekend, I kept matters low-key on the blog side. I meant what I said to readers in January about my stepping back; not every shiver in the consciousness of the world requires an HTV answer. But between hurried changes of clothes in my hotel roomContinue reading “On the uselessness of political media, part #7682”

Why the attacks on Disney matter

To defend a corporation expert at placing cute mouse ears on nefarious practices like Disney does puts me in a grotesque position, especially since Disney has bought the Florida legislature on both sides for five decades, which means for a while it endorsed the Don’t Say Gay Bill until its immaculately groomed public image tookContinue reading “Why the attacks on Disney matter”

Gays in Kentucky high schools: ‘It’s like they’re being shadow-banned’

Until Ron DeSantis’ election, I thought respect for Miami-Dade and Broward’s tourist-generating income — hell, let me include Orange, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties too — would keep Florida fascist legislators from yielding to their basest impulses.

March reading

Underrated for so long that he has safely crossed over into overrated, Harry Truman deserves a fresh biography that reestablishes his ordinariness. Jeffrey Frank, like his subject, wastes no time on subtlety. Check out the title. The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953 begins at the moment theContinue reading “March reading”