Those Stupid Private Race Wars

While marching last week through Istanbul’s super-historic Sultanahmet district to protest the Chinese government’s restrictions on Ramadan fasting for its Turkic Uighur minority, a gang of roughnecks from Turkey’s National Movement Party ran into a group of Chinese tourists. Fulfilling the calling of angry mobs everywhere, they went on the attack. The riot police promptly [Read More...]

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A Requiem for Abnormality

A few weeks ago, a longtime reader, a gay man in his 60s – his age, as we’ll soon see, is relevant – PM’d me on Facebook and charged me with high treason. To credit him with realism and flexibility, he had not expected me to support any particular cause. But, in my piece accusing [Read More...]

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Hiding My True Colors

In my misspent youth – which is to say until my early 30s – I used to visit the clothing-optional section of Black’s Beach, in La Jolla, California. The appeal wasn’t strictly exhibitionistic or voyeuristic, although of course it contained elements of both. Visits there were profoundly relaxing, and, being a naturally tense person – [Read More...]

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