Who Are You and What Do You Want?: I watch a play

at the Studio Theater, Cock, playing through June 22. It's by Mike Bartlett, the guy who did Contractions, and like Contractions it's a high-concept play with few characters and a lot of emotional intensity.The high concept is that John, having broken up with his long-term boyfriend for no real reason except his own itchy ambivalence, meets a woman and falls for her hard. But then the boyfriend takes him back, and suddenly he has to choose--and he can't, for almost two hours, he just can't … [Read more...]

People of Portland (OR)! Watch a Great Catholic Movie

and meet my friend Matt! This Saturday at 7 pm, Level Ground is screening Desire of the Everlasting Hills, which I gave a glowing review here. They're also showing Fried Green Tomatoes tonight if you're feeling nostalgic, and on Sunday, Kidnapped for Christ, which I missed at the main Level Ground festival because it was sold out. Don't make my mistake! Seriously, check this stuff out, you won't regret it. Matthew Franklin Jones will be on a panel after Desire. … [Read more...]

Goldfinch and Lyre Bird

I just re-read The Liar, Stephen Fry's 1991 debut novel, and it's still the funniest thing I've ever read. The antihero, Adrian Healey, careens through life plagiarizing, dissembling, cheating at cricket, and camouflaging his deepest emotions. He's terrified of getting caught (at what? at everything), and fears/hopes that the whole world is just a giant set-up to expose him.It's a heartbreaking book in its own way, scathing but poignant. Adrian's vulnerability comes through from the very … [Read more...]

From Carl Phillips, “Civilization”

...There's an art to everything. Even turning away. How eventually even hunger can become a space to live in. How they made out of shamelessness something beautiful, for as long as they could.(that's the end of the poem and the part I like, but the whole thing is here) … [Read more...]

Papa Was a Rollin’ Dracula

I finally watched Dracula's Daughter, sometimes called the first lesbian vampire movie. It's... a mixed bag. All scenes in which the aforementioned Daughter are offscreen are slow and boring, and the jealous-woman subplot is painful. The gowns are awesome! Also the furs.I thought the sapphic subtext was more blatant than Final Girl did (and yes, I basically stole my post title idea from her). I do agree with this: "Gloria Holden is appropriately mesmerizing as the Countess--her reluctance to … [Read more...]

“The Middle of Sexual Identity”

in which I review Jenell Williams Paris's The End of Sexual Identity. … [Read more...]

Bullying and bridge-building

Last post about questions I got on tour.Several people, often those involved in campus ministry in one way or another, asked me how they could reach out to gay communities on campus. Some of them had tried to reach out in the past, or even been invited to come and share their views, but had been turned away pretty harshly when it became clear that they were not going to reject or handwave the Church's teachings on sexuality. But they still really wanted to find ways to work with LGBT groups … [Read more...]


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