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    Nietzsche’s Hidden Trail of Desire

    Nietzsche’s descriptions of the rise of the overman and of Zarathustra’s disciples seem infused with so many intimations of male-male intimacy and mutuality, not to mention a rainbow!

  • Covers of the 1980 edition and of last year’s 35th anniversary edition

    John Boswell’s Religious Restoration

    [Boswell] argued that the Bible is not hostile to modern understandings of homosexuality, having been misinterpreted by modern readings, and claimed that it wasn’t until the 12th or 13th century that any real hostility toward gay people emerged ...

  • Rupert Everett (as Oscar Wilde) and Charlie Rowe (Lord  Alfred 
“Bosie” Douglas) in The Judas Kiss

    The Passion of the Wilde

    The Judas Kiss opens with a distracting trifle, a sex scene between a bellhop and a maid in the Cadogan Hotel in London where Wilde is about to make a fateful choice: to stay and face charges or to flee. (Photo: Rupert Everett (as Oscar Wilde) and Charlie Rowe (Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas) in The Judas Kiss)

  • Vincent Price (as Baka) and John Derek (Joshua) in The Ten Commandments

    Biblical Epics As High Camp

    Within The Ten Commandments, there are also characters that fit the camp mold often associated with gay men. One example is the master builder Baka, played by Vincent Price (Photo: Vincent Price as Baka and John Derek as Joshua in The Ten Commandments).

  • Francis Bacon, Two Figures, 1953

    The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon

    Peppiatt compares Bacon to Jekyll and Hyde: after painting these horrific images, he goes out and becomes this bon vivant who “raises the temperature” of every room he enters, this generous host who loves to eat and booze and talk and laugh—until he turns on you ... (painting: Francis Bacon, Two Figures, 1953)

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