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The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf The lone wolf of Clark and Diversey, Steak ‘n Egger, Cheeks–the guy who looked like Paul Newman and lived alone above the Logos Book Store–is dead. The circumstances of his death, like the circumstances of his life, are in great dispute. Officially, he was said to have overdosed on some mix of […]

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Autopsy of a Person Unknown

Autopsy of a Person Unknown Autopsy, in ancient Greek, means “to look at your self,” to examine you life. To the Greeks, especially Socrates, and unexamined life was not worth living. In America, we don’t bother with an autopsy until someone has died. We pride ourselves on living unexamined lives, as thought to live without […]

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On to Banality

On to Banality Arthur Johnston and I have been visiting aldermen’s offices as political tourists. On our visits, Arthur and I make it clear that we are not representing a lesbian and gay organization, a particular camp, or a particular candidate. We are trying to practice nonpartisan politics because we believe that human rights mus […]

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Ella

Ella worked at teh Belair for ten years, and on the third floor exclusively for the last five. The news of her sudden death–she was only in her 40s–sent show waves through the building…. Five years ago, Ella replaced Bea, the wild one. Beah had a little “bad” in her, and that’s what we liked. […]

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Man’s Country

Man’s Country A first-timer once told me he couldn’t believe where he was. Every time he went in and out of a room he thought he should have to pay more money. He thought it was a whorehouse. With hundreds of guys passing through on a weekend, outsiders might think Man’s Country was just a […]