Fingers in the Wind      Jan-Feb 2015
  • Figure 4. Anthony Friedkin, Hustlers, Selma Avenue, Hollywood, 1971.

All figures copyright © 2014 by Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Yale University Press.

    The Revolution Was Photographed

    The importance of documentary photography is ever present in Anthony Friedkin’s The Gay Essay, a portfolio of photographs from the late 1960s to the early ’70s that focuses on the gay liberation era in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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    Random Acts of Kindness

    EARLY ON IN PRIDE, after the leader of a ragtag group of London gay activists has proposed that they raise money for the striking coal miners—the year is 1984—one member protests: “Yeah, like they’ve done so much for us.”


    In Search of Elizabeth Bishop

    Bishop was a keen observer of places and relationships. An introvert, she was predisposed to discretion. Robert Lowell was a lifelong friend and literary intimate, but the writer’s romantic ties were to women, a matter she preferred not to talk about.

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    Flee, Flee This Sad Hotel

    Lahr provides a chronology at the back of the book, and the entry for 1969—which includes Williams’ conversion to Catholicism, an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri, the Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and three months in the Renard Psychiatric Division of Barnes Hospital in St. Louis ...

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Artist’s Profile: Ryan Landry of the ‘Make ’Em Laugh’ School

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Enter to Win a FREE Copy of LOOKING: Season 1

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Sexual Freedom and the Classical Ideal

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Revealed! Secrets of the Met, Hanging in Plain Sight

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