Jonathan Franzen: the man, the myth, the guy whom I thought I saw emerge from a men's room at the L.A. Times Book Festival, but since I wasn't wearing my glasses, I couldn't really be sure; my only clues were silver hair and glasses and something he'd said to someone else about "the kids," and … Continue reading Has Jonathan Franzen Ever Said Anything About Trans People? A 3:46 AM Investigation
(If you enjoy reading this and have some change to spare, consider donating to India’s ongoing Covid-19 crisis. A curated list of fundraisers can be found here, and another list spotlighting small grassroots organizations doing good work can be found here.) -Ed. note: Transcript has been (lightly!) edited for clarity. INTRODUCTION TO TMWBIP3 Alex: [plays … Continue reading Tobias Menzies Will Be In Paddington 3
This article contains homophobic slurs and references to suicide. ¡Hola Papi! was an accident. “It had to be an accident,” says John Paul Brammer, “or I would have taken it too seriously and bunged it up.” When Brammer launched the advice column in 2017 for Into, Grindr’s editorial venture, he wasn’t planning on a phenomenon. … Continue reading How to Find A Rabbit: A Niche Interview With John Paul Brammer, the Author of ¡Hola Papi!
A thousand lifetimes ago, back in September, Rolling Stone released an updated version of its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Reactions rolled in, mostly in the vein of "huh?" and "mm, I don't know" and "no, 'Fine Line' is not better than 'Funeral.'" Among all this #discourse, I tweeted out something … Continue reading The Top 50 Greatest Gay Pining Albums of All Time, As Voted by You, Our Readers
Greetings and salutations from your friendly founder, Maggie Williams-Shepherd, dear readers! I hope you’ve enjoyed the first issue of Perspectives, the newsrag for all the cool cats in the know. Feel free to tell your friends of friends about us. As the last few pages draw near, I feel the need to add something more, … Continue reading Kit Kittredge Reviews “The Price of Salt; or, Carol”
Warning: This piece contains references to transphobia and quotes transphobic comments. I have no compunctions around making the claim that I am trans first and foremost because I want to have gay sex with men. I was raised to see the entertainment value of embellishment; besides, someone out there is going to accuse me of it … Continue reading The Five Chasers You Meet on Grindr
A muddy cobblestone path weaves its way through half-dead wildflowers, leading you to the lip of a forest. You take your first steps onto the damp earth, listen to the soft crunch of leaves and twigs beneath your feet. The forest seems to inhale and exhale with every step you take. Robins perched in the … Continue reading What Is It With Lesbians and Hozier?
Let’s talk about J. C. Leyendecker. One Mr. Joseph Christian Leyendecker. Specifically, how his paintings make me feel a sort of way. If you know J. C. Leyendecker at all, it's probably from his iconic image of the Arrow Collar Man who defined American masculinity for decades. Perhaps you have seen him in a poster … Continue reading Leyendecker Paintings Ranked by How Bad They Make Me Want To Move to a Mansion by the Sea With My Boyfriend And Throw Extravagant Parties
When I first heard that Greta Gerwig’s next film would be an adaptation of Little Women, I was skeptical. Little Women has received countless adaptations over the years, including Masterpiece’s 2018 TV miniseries, released only a year before Gerwig’s film. The only way my interest in a new movie could be piqued was if it … Continue reading Jo and Laurie Are Trans and I’ll Prove It
From the dedicated, warrior top, to the Tokugawa twinks of Edo, these character archetypes enjoyed wide public knowledge and appreciation, which was unheard of in contemporary areas of the Western world. The literature produced in this time reflected a world where love and sex between men could be accepted and celebrated.