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The Beautiful Uncertainty of Douglas Crimp

In a 2007 interview with the writer Sarah Schulman, the art historian Douglas Crimp said that he was “temperamentally just so put off by certainty, by political certainty.” Crimp died on July 5th, at the age of seventy-four. He has and…

The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime

In the bad old days, newspapers rarely mentioned gay men except in a certain kind of true-crime story. The first clue in the cases was often a body discovered in a hotel room. In 1920, the forty-seven-year-old scion of a New England…

Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age

On August 7, 2013, the Australian vlogger Troye Sivan fixed his bright-blue eyes on his camera and pressed Record. Sivan, a goofy, self-confident eighteen-year-old, had amassed nearly half a million YouTube subscribers in six years, with…

Stonewall on the Opera Stage

Fifty years ago this month, a police raid on a Greenwich Village watering hole jump-started the gay-liberation movement, when the “forces of faggotry,” as the Village Voice called the denizens of the Stonewall Inn and their neighbors,…
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