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I am a gay person before I’m anything else. I’m a gay person before I’m a white person, before I’m a Jew, before I’m a writer, before I’m American, anything.

-Larry Kramer-

I am a woman before I'm anything else.

-Uncle Barb-



August 5th, 2013


Cloudburst (Dukakis, Fricker)

"Any mop can give you an orgasm."

Within minutes of the opening, Stella (Olympia Dukakis) says "Any mop can give you an orgasm." I started laughing at that point and was charmed and fell in love and had a laughter orgasm all mine own. Cloudburst is as beautiful as the clouds, "like a donkey carrying 2 nuns & a beagle racing across the sky".

Thom Fitzgerald wrote and directed this brilliant lesbian film with such finesse and power as to make me swoon.

Loose Canons 'Mine vaganti'

Loose Canons, Ozpetek Scamarcio

Ferzan Ozpetek delivers another gem.

Loose Canons is as light and fluffy as a rom-com, but made substantial and reflective through art. I just loved this film.
I certainly rank Ozpetek in the top five filmmakers working today. He is fuckin' brilliant.

July 21st

These Things Happen

Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer

This book was delightful.

Rough Music

Rough Music by Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale

I experienced the true measure of my immersion in the book when I began thinking in a British accent.

July 18th

Alice Austen 1896 Street Types of New York

Alice Austen photograph

Thanks to Dyke Quarterly for leading me to this.

July 13th

Circumstance (2011)


Written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Mary-Lou ("Tamid oto chalom" ) 2009

Mary Lou

Eytan Fox' television homage to the Israeli rock star Svika Pick.

July 1st

Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

Fire in the Belly Cynthia Carr

by Cynthia Carr

June 28th

Indiewire List of 43 Great LGBT Films

Actually, it is only 42 and a joke.

June 19th

How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

I am grateful for a community capable of such honorable and successful action.