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How Kenneth Anger Created Camp Cinema with His Short Film, 'Puce Moment'

With his 1949 avant-garde short film, Puce Moment, Kenneth Anger is vomiting glamour into our face, objectifying objects, sexualizing what cannot, in a vacuum, be sexualized: silk, velvet, cotton, glitter -- and we cannot get enough of it.


On Mishima, and Feeling That One Exists

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a singular portrait of an artist's life lived so fiercely as to have left an indelible mark on an alienated world seeking affirmation for its own existence.


'Boy Erased' Is an Easy-to-Swallow Capsule of Sexual Repression

Director Joel Edgerton's well-intentioned drama about gay conversion therapy fails to deliver any new insight or even a good cry.


All the Right Intentions Can’t Bring 'Boy Erased' to Life

The tragedy of conversion therapy is confronted in Boy Erased, a well-meaning but perfectly conventional message movie.


Gay Conversion Therapy Onscreen: Joel Edgerton On 'Boy Erased'

Actor-director Joel Edgerton details the sensitive process of making Boy Erased and how the film could act as a lifeline for families who have experienced gay conversion therapy.


The Limits of Hospitality in Fred Rogers Documentary, 'Won’t You Be My Neighbor?'

Our work on this Earth, Rogers insists, is Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). So why does Morgan Neville shut down the possibility of queerness in his documentary?


In Thrall to Genius: Alain Locke and the Harlem Renaissance

By serving as a midwife to artists, the "Dean of the Harlem Renaissance" Alain Locke would help foster an art that would stand as a midwife to a better future.


Graphic Fiction 'The Smell of Starving Boys' Inverts Images and Expectations

Loo Hui Phang emphasizes the nature of image-making from the first panel: an upside landscape as viewed through the inverting lens of the protagonist's camera.


'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Is Better As a Comic

Julie Mahor's hand is deft in so many ways, producing a visually and emotionally complex tale of coming-of-age love uniquely grounded in the comics form.


Authors of Our Identity: Filmmaker Eliza Hittman on 'Beach Rats'

Beach Rats captures the tumultuous divide between one's mind and feelings, as well as the duality of one's nature.


The Price He Was Willing to Pay: 'Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years'

By picking up his subject after the most infamous event in Wilde's life, Frankel is able to rebuild the narrative of Wilde's post-prison life from the detritus of his public undoing.


Poetry and Imagery in Abdellah Taïa's 'Another Morocco'

Taïa is a writer whose talent shines brightly enough to illuminate the difference between an imitator and an original.


'Homintern' Is Not as Subversive and Liberating as Its Subject Matter

What was unique and liberating about the gay influence on Western culture? Gregory Woods tells only part of the story in Homintern.


Waiting to Be Heard: On Being Deaf and Gay

Scant research has been done on those individuals who are both LGBT and deaf. This is surprising, considering what my sister, an interpreter for the deaf, has told me: "You'd be surprised how many deaf people are gay."


Getting Personal, Professionally: 'Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (3rd Ed.)'

The topic, the history of sexuality in America, is nothing short of intimidating, but it's hard to imagine a more engaging, well-researched, or accessible book than Intimate Matters.


Flash Points: Mommy's Breast, Marriage Equality and Why Chipotle Is King

Welcome to the first edition of Flash Points -- a new weekly feature that provides a critical overview of cultural trends and developments. This week: the controversial Time cover, the gay marriage debate and the annual CLIOs.


Fear of a Binary Planet: 'Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?'

This is a briskly paced, sophisticated conversation about gender that sometimes shocks, disgusts, brings you to tears, makes you laugh, and think. Mostly think.


'The Picture of Dorian Gray': An Uncensored Version of a Scandalous Classic

"Why is it, Dorian, that a man like the Duke of Berwick leaves the room of a club when you enter it?" Now we know.


Take Your Damn Rivalry Points Like a Man: The Non-Dialectic of 'Dragon Age II'

This whole outcry stands as a testament to why gamers need to get over notions of "fairness" -- especially when "fairness" isn't really fair.


A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour

A middle-class man living with a terminal illness decides to quit his job and travel across the country, to say farewell to friends and family before taking his own life.

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