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In Print: man to man, hand in hand

Gay pride’s being celebrated again in Chicago this week with all the usual trappings and trimmings–parade, festival, wigs and boas, countless rainbow flags, and pointed public displays of affection. Conventional wisdom has it that all of these are hard-won privileges enjoyed only in the post-Stonewall era. But David Deitcher’s recent book, Dear Friends: American Photographs […]

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Diary of a Mad Secretary

Diary of a Mad Secretary By John Sanchez Secretary’s Day has a paradox at its heart–secretaries deserve a reward but what they usually get is lunch with the boss. From my own experience in the field, I can tell you that that is more punishment than anything else. But I personally never even got that–no […]

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Freedom’s Fallout

“This is all there is…sex and more sex and still more sex,” says a young gay man in John Rechy’s The Coming of the Night, getting philosophical in the middle of some coke-fueled, no-holes-barred fucking on Fire Island in the summer of 1980. “That’s all God gave only us–and to no one else–to compensate for […]

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Bad Dreams

Becky Lee Meza Vive Tu Sueno (Virgin) By John Sanchez Often when a person dies young, we comfort ourselves by ignoring any evidence that the departed’s life was anything but continual bliss. It’s an understandable impulse, but it can have some pretty awful consequences. The movie Selena was a multimillion-dollar example of this kind of […]

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In Performance:Vaginal Davis unplugged

Performance art pays her bills these days, but Vaginal Davis initially made her name in zines with such titles as Shrimp and Fertile LaToyah Jackson. Davis’s publications took the standard scissors-and-paste approach but distinguished themselves with Hollywood Babylon-style reports on the punk-rock and movie-star scenes. The stories seemed sordid enough to be true, though they […]

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Days of the Week / Calendar

Friday 4/11 – Thursday 4/17 APRIL by John Sanchez 11 FRIDAY The exhibit Ten Years After: The Warhol Factory might strike some people as opportunistic; former Warhol cohorts–some with established art careers, some without–are showing their own work in commemoration of the artist’s death. But tastelessness and opportunism weren’t crimes in Warhol’s world. He’d probably […]

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On Video: girls in the director’s chair… …take it to the streets

In the “Blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, a certain kind of woman ruled the screen–a righteous, merciless woman who stopped at nothing in her drive for vengeance. A castrating bitch–often literally. Stylish and deadly, with names like Foxy Brown, Cleopatra Jones, and Coffy, these characters lent big-screen visibility to African-American women. But the price for […]