Beautiful Berlin Boys, by Ashkan Sahihi @ NYJB

“Beautiful Berlin Boys” by Ashkan Sahihi resounds as an affirmation of the beauty and individuality of the gay man.” Continue reading Beautiful Berlin Boys, by Ashkan Sahihi @ NYJB

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IRL by Tommy Pico @NYJB

Whipsawing between passages of erotic ecstasy and suicidal despair, “IRL” by Tommy “Teebs” Pico reveals itself as a monument of self-lacerating beauty. Continue reading IRL by Tommy Pico @NYJB

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More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles “celebrates the still transgressive world of gay leathermen and Tom of Finland’s place in Los Angeles’ architectural history.” Continue reading More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

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On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. (Buy the limited edition hardcover, Kindle version, or download it for free at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.) Via Orphan Black: Season 3 will be premiering on April 18, 2015 on BBC America. Below are a series of notes on Seasons 1 and 2. Due to the nature of these essays, they contain many spoilers, major and minor. If you haven’t seen the series, I would suggest watching it before reading these … Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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Commonplace Book: Tennessee Williams and the importance of queens to American culture

“Just imagine this place without queens in it. It would be absolutely barbaric.” — Candy from “And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens …” (circa 1970, unpublished one-act play), by Tennessee Williams Continue reading Commonplace Book: Tennessee Williams and the importance of queens to American culture

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