Architecture, Current Affairs, New York, Politics, Religion

At war with woe

Last night from the fire escape of our apartment my partner and I gazed downtown to take in the Manhattan skyline.  There were our skyscrapers—the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Citicorp, Time Warner and the still rising One World Trade Center—dotting the horizon, their spires lit up like an early Christmas.  Suddenly two large…

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Art, Current Affairs, Gay, My back pages, Politics, Travel, Writing

Another Page

Live from New York: this morning as a family of starlings chirped me into cognizance, I thought, the past is present again.  Funny—it remembered the first day of my Woodstock residency almost a month ago, less evocative of home than a clue to the sheer volume and diversity of bird stock in that neck of…

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Current Affairs, Politics, Short Cuts, Theater

Undoing the Folded Lie

In the powerful revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, villains abound: there’s institutional homophobia fed by a conformist über-het society; New York’s red-tape bound local government led by a bachelor mayor rumored to be gay (Ed Koch, though never mentioned by name—oh, those pesky libel laws); the gay community adrift in a sexual roundelay…

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Film, Music, Politics, Race, Television, Theater

Lena Horne 1917-2010

Over the past few months we’ve suffered the loss of pioneers the likes of who we’ll never see again: Benjamin Hooks, Dorothy Height, and now Lena Horne: she certainly deserves a place alongside those lauded blacks activists if onlyl because one could chart the progress of black civil rights in this country through the trajectory…

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Architecture, Politics, Travel

House of the rising sun

  The river rose all day The river rose all night Some people got lost in the flood Some people got away alright The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline Louisiana 1927, by Randy Newman Stepping foot in New Orleans for the first time…

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Gay, Politics, Theater

Pre-Stonewall, A Struggle for Dignity

Woodstock isn’t the only anniversary being celebrated this year; the summer of 1969 was also marked by the Stonewall Riots, an event seen by many as the birth of gay liberation.   That uprising ignores years of work by a lot of brave forward-thinking folk whose activism, while discreet, embodied the age-old frustrations of men…

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