A review of Calixto Bieito’s disturbing production of an expressionist psychothriller of an opera.
Category: Fiction & Essays
On the history and worker-owned future of a legendary San Francisco gay bar, feeling like a cockroach but in a good way, and action as a source of hope.
On knowing and deciding not to know about James Levine, and how a cult of interpretive genius enabled abuse. Dieser Aufsatz wurde auch in deutscher Sprache veröffentlicht.
An essay about Barrie Kosky’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Bayreuth Festival for this terrifyingly intelligent magazine about classical music. Read it here.
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…
I talked with Verena Spilker about a Berlin-based project that raises questions about how to create more inclusive archives and how communities can form through art.
The summer thunderstorm rolled over Manhattan like an invading army. It had been sunny all day, the air thick with smog and heat. Then the high hammerhead clouds rose like tanks on the horizon, the wind picked up, fat drops of rain fell like bullets. I watched from my office…
Harry Hay would have been 115 this month. His life and work as a gay man and a Communist helped lay the foundations of the modern LGBTQ movement. The kind folks at Jacobin let me rant about my favorite subject.
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.
We are living through a little-discussed assault on sexual freedoms that is pioneering new, subtle, and insidious methods of social control: this is the disturbing and difficult-to-refute thesis of The War on Sex, a new collection of essays from Duke University Press edited by David Halperin and Trevor Hoppe. Reviewed…