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Carlo Naya, "Night View of the Grand Canal, Venice," ca. 1875 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

October 4, 2021

The Magician by Colm Tóibín: A difficult Mann to know · Tóibín’s new novel about the “private and public life” of German author Thomas Mann, best known for Death in Venice, “never quite convinces as biography or fiction.” ► Read more in The Guardian

Culture wars finds a new target: Pride flags in classrooms · From Florida to Texas to Missouri to Oregon, administrators are removing pride flags from public schools for being “political, quasi-political, or controversial.” Students and teachers are fighting back. ► Read more at NBC News

Two Black queer men talking · Gar McVey-Russell chats with Casey Hamilton about his debut novel MENAFTER10, “about a group of young, Black gay men looking for meaning, identity, and connection in the digital age.”..  >> Read more >>

El Greco, "The Vision of Saint John," ca. 1608-1614 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

3 Important Documentaries ~ You Can’t Pray the Gay Away ~ Revisiting Yukio Mishima ~ 6 Recent Books ~ Gay Protest Music & Art ~ etc.

Pray Away debuts Tuesday on Netflix, after premiering last year at the severely curtailed Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the lives of four victims of conversion therapy programs, including John Paulk, the former president of Exodus International, who “now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his male partner.” Reviewing the film for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney called it a “powerful doc” in which those interviewed “speak out about the damage inflicted on themselves and countless LGBTQ youth.”

The Most Beautiful Boy is now available to watch online, after premiering in January at Sundance. This film tells the sad story of Björn Andrésen, whom Luchino Visconti tapped to play Tadzio in his 1971 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s ...  >> Read more >>

Sundance Film Festival sign, Travis Wise/CC BY 2.0

Sundance Highlights Gay Films

The Sundance Film Festival took place this past weekend, and for the first time it happened mostly online rather than at its Utah home. In a preview, George Elkind wrote last week that “Sundance was always on the cutting edge of queer filmmaking; in 2021, it still is.” The Advocate cataloged 14 LGBTQ titles in this year’s lineup, out of a total of some 130 premiers. We look forward to the broader release of these gay highlights:

  • Ailey explores the life and art of legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey, who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958 and died of AIDS in 1989.
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