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Stephen Coy reviews BOY ERASED: a harrowing memoir of conversion therapy

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  Growing up I heard an oft-repeated joke about Church of Christ members.  As someone enters heaven, St. Peter leads him on a tour.  The newly ascended asks St. Peter, “Who is that group in the corner talking amongst themselves?”  St. Peter replies, “Shhh!  Those are Church of Christ-ers.  They think they are the only … Continue reading



Alone : Thomas Moore reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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  “The door closes. He’s gone. I’m alone.” Moore’s narrator feels he’s hard-wired for abandonment, allergic to reciprocated love, only happy when he’s being rejected. Loneliness is the one constant in his life, the one companion that never leaves. “Loneliness can be the greatest gift”, he says. The fragmented nature of the text mirrors the … Continue reading



Bill Cunningham was an original, a true character, in the best sense of the word.

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FASHION CLIMBING A MEMOIR WITH PHOTOGRAPHS By BILL CUNNINGHAM Preface by Hilton Als After Bill Cunningham died in 2016, his family found a memoir he had written about the earlier period of his life. It was an unexpected, and enjoyable, find. Most people remember Cunningham’s work as the photographer behind the On the Street and … Continue reading



“Closet Cases: Queers on What to Wear” reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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  Sartorial innovation has become something of a trademark, even a cliché or stereotype, of the (in)famous ‘homosexual sensibility’ (think Queer Eye). In Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, ‘Notes on Camp’, she writes: “A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about.” Better, perhaps, to show rather than tell, … Continue reading



Courting Mr. Lincoln : did Joshua Speed really win his heart?

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Much has been written about the special friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. Louis Bayard’s novel is a fictional take, told from the views of Mary Todd and Speed. Since Lincoln and Speed almost always spoke to each other using surnames, I will do the same. Mary Todd relocated to Springfield, Illinois to live … Continue reading



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