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Review | The Pox Lover (Lambda Literary)

The bloodied emotional battlefields of AIDS activism, national and familial histories of fascist collaboration, the storms of a personal life torn between continents, the rising threat of neofascism, and the universal pyroclastic flows of desire and disease: these are the urgent themes of Anne-christine d’Adesky’s new “activist diary-cum-battlefield-notes-cum-travelogue,” The Pox…

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In the Archives | Friedrich Radszuweit and the False Security of Collaboration (OUTHistory)

Accommodation and collaboration are moral and political failures, even on their own terms. There is no sure path to safety except to win the fight for the kind of world we want. On the blog at OUTHistory today discussing gay fascists and collaborationists, past and present.

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Gay Loneliness Is Real—but “Bitchy, Toxic” Culture Isn’t the Full Story (Slate)

For Slate’s Outward vertical, a response to Michael Hobbes’ “The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness:” We cannot think about how we might be better to each other without thinking about who we are, and who we have been, and who we might become. The various epidemics of queer loneliness and drug…

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Timely Tribute: The Rise and Fall of Opera’s Voices (Pelican Bomb)

Thoughts on what an opera singer must give up in order to achieve divadom. An anecdote from Wayne Koestenbaum at soprano Anna Moffo’s wake: “I signed the ‘Relatives and Friends’ book, but didn’t write down my address. I feared that her stepchild or cousin would send me a chiding letter:…

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It’s Like Arrival

I went this morning to get my Aufenthaltserlebnis or Aufenthaltsgenehmigung or Aufenthaltstitel, my residence permit. They gave me one with flimsy evidence of health insurance or income or institutional affiliation (for the record: I have all three, at least in theory); in any rate, I will be permitted to stay in Germany…

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