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13. PIANO MAN
Simon Helberg helps Meryl
Streep become one of
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CONTRIBUTORS FEEDBACK
TIM WALKER LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM
Provenance: London When Out’s June/July cover
In this issue: boy was revealed to be Nick
Photographer, “Natural Jonas, lines were immediately
Born Offenders,” page 74
drawn. “Do any gay people
Bio: Walker photographed
our cover with Absolutely actually see Nick Jonas as
Fabulous stars Jennifer a gay icon?” asked Woodrow
Saunders and Joanna
Lumley. A former
Whyte on Pop-Buzz.com,
assistant to Richard a reasonable question to ask
Avedon, he shot his first of a 23-year-old pop star
story for Vogue at 25. In 2008, he had his first
exhibition at London’s Design Museum. with a pretty face. But… media.
Other outlets: Vogue (U.S., U.K., Italy), W, Love We do love hyperbole.
On the more serious
allegation of Jonas’s gay-
RICHARD HOUSE baiting, a theme explored in
Provenance: the story by Out editor at large
Nottingham, U.K.
Chadwick Moore, we dug what
In this issue: Writer, our
summer fiction piece, Sara Gilbert on The Talk had
“Honeybear,” page 70 to say. Pushed on the quetstion
Behind the story: I lost by cohost Julie Chen, Gilbert
one of the notebooks for gave Jonas a get-out-of-jail-
this project [my upcoming
book, Murmur] while free card. He was, she said,
in Iceland. It contained guilty only of “being hot.”
months of ideas that For or against him, it’s obvious
ORLANDO: AFTER THE
couldn’t be reconstructed. It was found on a train
and returned to me months later by Gray Line. that the youngest Jonas brother’s TRAGEDY
signature smolder has branded As we prepared this issue, a chorus
Other outlets: Prospect magazine, BBC Radio 4
Twitter: @FatboyReview the pop culture landscape, and of LGBT voices spoke up on OUT.com
it won’t be fading anytime soon. about the deadliest individual mass
shooting in American history. The
BRUCE BENDERSON standouts included:
Provenance:
ANGEL OF MERCY
“My Queer Latino Heart Aches for
Syracuse, N.Y. While some stories polarize the
Orlando Victims” by Xorje Olivares.
In this issue: Writer, digital landscape, others unify it.
“Reading Desire,” page 48 “The Latino element to the story is why
June/July’s Symposium piece
Behind the story: I feel wounded. It’s too damn personal
“Keeping the Flame,” about Ruth
I started this piece [on the for an out, brown boy like me.”
books that inspired me] in
Coker Burks, a nurse who cared
“Why Does It Take a Grim Tragedy
an attempt to account for for AIDS patients abandoned
gay sensibility, and then to Bind Us Together?” by Lady Bunny.
by their families in the ’80s and
remembered reading “Hashtag #LoveWins all you want. We
my parents’ banned ’90s at the height of the crisis,
do not win if the different segments of
heterosexual books like Peyton Place. Go figure. tugged our heartstrings. The
our community don’t love each other.”
Other outlets: Purple, The New York Times story elicited thousands of
Twitter: @bruxe “An Open Letter to Omar Mateen’s
reactions and shares on social
Son” by Michael Lambert. “We
media.
promise you and your generation a
“Can’t we crowdfund a memo-
AMANDA FRIEDMAN better world. Pray that we succeed.”
rial,” asked John McCusker on
Provenance:
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In this issue: moment and it should be memori-
Photographer, our Simon alized, lest we allow our future
Helberg profile, “Piano
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Boycotting Home
I HAVE ALWAYS HAD reservations about boycotts, perhaps
because they’ve so often been wielded as a weapon against
the oppressed. And then on June 24 I found myself in the
strange position of boycotting my own country. It was the
morning after the U.K. voted in a referendum to leave the
European Union, a decision of such seismic consequences that
it threw the country into agonizing turmoil while bringing the
bigots quickly to the surface. It was like one of those dystopian
novels I’d read as a teenager—Lord of the Flies, say—in which
dramatically altered circumstances bring out the very worst
in people. As Tom Sutcliffe, who hosts a favorite radio show
of mine, tweeted, “I don’t think there are any more racists in
Britain today than there were on Wednesday. But they’re a lot
less bashful about it now.”
Not everyone who voted for what’s known as Brexit is a A culture of antagonism and
racist, of course, and many, including friends of mine, have
valid concerns about the way the EU is run, but few had violence is filling the vacuum left by
foreseen the scale of the existential crisis awaiting us beyond
the vote. The EU has been the guarantor of European stability our failure to find consensus and
for generations. It has created sound rules on everything from common cause with one another.
workers’ rights to the environment. Suddenly finding ourselves
on the outside of all that was a vulnerable experience,
depleting our sense of who we were. It is, I imagine, how many
Americans will feel if Donald Trump is elected to the White
House, distant as that prospect may now seem. went through the head of the Pulse gunman, of course, but
Although I’ve lived in the U.S. for 18 years, my British to listen to the ways in which the NRA and Trump talk is to
identity has always served as an anchor. Suddenly that identity understand the ways in which the political right, both here
was yanked away. I’d gone from being an expat, who might and in the U.K., has turned immigrants and minorities into
one day return, to feeling exiled, perhaps permanently. My scapegoats and created bogeymen of the so-called “elite.”
sadness was all-consuming. As was anger, such as I’d rarely This kind of talk is roiling Europe as populist, anti-immigrant
felt, for the sheer mendacity of politicians who’d lied to voters parties amplify the anxieties stirred by endless war in the
about the benefits of leaving and were now suggesting that Middle East and the austerity imposed by the 2008 financial
perhaps this had all been a hasty mistake. That bit, at least, crisis. It’s a toxic mix, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. A culture
was true. My anger was sometimes irrational. Listening to a of antagonism and violence is filling the vacuum left by our
quaint British radio show about gardening that has always failure to find consensus and common cause with one another.
been a quiet source of joy to me, I found myself swearing This is not always confined to the political right. In the U.K.,
loudly at a lady in Wiltshire who was asking the panel a the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, refused to campaign with
question about peonies. I know Wiltshire. It’s where I grew up. the prime minister over what should have been a shared
The majority of people there voted to leave. In the end I had platform of unity. That kind of dissent and rancor plays into
to turn off the show and listen to music instead. My husband the hands only of those who benefit from a divided society.
suggests that we might not be able to watch our favorite British No wonder Trump was among the first (and very few) to
TV shows, so deep is our resentment. We have canceled plans congratulate the British for turning their backs on cooperation
to visit for the holidays. It is peevish, but it is how we feel. and tolerance. He and Boris Johnson, the Conservative
All this happened less than two weeks after the mass member of Parliament who led the “leave” campaign, are birds
shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people, of a feather. But unlike those in the U.K., we in the U.S. can still
most of them Latino. You might think that not a lot connects avoid waking up to find that the wrong people have won.
these two events beyond the fact of their occurring in a world
that feels as if it is spinning off its axis. We cannot know what AARON HICKLIN, Editor in Chief

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Piano Man
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SIMON HELBERG’S personal
connection to his new film Florence
Foster Jenkins begins with New Kids on
the Block. “They were my first concert,”
says the actor, best known as over-styled
super-geek Howard Wolowitz from the
hit CBS series The Big Bang Theory. “I
knew all their dances. I grew a rattail, and
my mom braided it. I thought, I’ll be a
singer. All I have to do is stand there, and
sing, and I’ll be famous.”

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But like Jenkins—a real-life 1940s New
York socialite played by an intentionally
off-key Meryl Streep—Helberg lacked
the skills to back his dream. “I recorded
myself and played it for my parents,” says
the Los Angeles native, sitting in a chunky
knit sweater in Manhattan’s Regency
Hotel lounge, “and they told me to learn
an instrument, which I think was their
way of saying, ‘Do anything but sing.’ ”
Heeding their advice, Helberg turned
to the piano, an instrument he “fell
in love with” that he thinks won him
the role of Jenkins’s presumably gay
accompanist, Cosmé McMoon. “It seemed
“We did as best we could and
like my piano playing was the only factor then tumbled down the mountain
in my casting,” says Helberg, “which was
worrying.” Although the 35-year-old was together, shitting all over the music.”
an accomplished pianist in his youth, he’d
put music on hold for years to pursue “He was fascinated with muscles and doesn’t stem so much from a fear of
acting. When Stephen Frears said that [bodybuilding] competitions. He never being outed as from the anxiety of being
playing McMoon meant knowing Bach married. He even worked in a bathhouse. affiliated with a hack—Jenkins—while
and Chopin, Helberg lied to the director I think it was listed somewhere that he trying to build a career.
and then dove into a “four-month crash was a ‘file clerk’ there, though I don’t At first, meeting Streep seemed the
course” that included mastering the know what he was filing.” perfect launchpad for Helberg conveying
posture and technique of a pro. Helberg also learned, from talking to intimidation, but he says the actress
This training also fed into Helberg’s the sort of opera singers Jenkins longed “popped the balloon” of her godlike aura
subtle approach to McMoon’s effete to become, that many accompanists are by getting chummy. Soon, they were busy
mannerisms. The actor was taught that, gay. However, the actor’s chief source making not-so-beautiful music together.
as a pianist, he should “imagine [his] material was Nicholas Martin’s script. “I relearned the piano, and she learned
arms weighted to the floor and [his] Like Helberg’s portrayal, Martin’s story how to sing opera in German and Italian,
fingers dancing over the keys,” a kind of is implicit when addressing McMoon’s and then how to butcher it,” Helberg
awkward body language that became orientation. It’s not a cop-out—it’s just says. “We did as best we could and then
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part of Helberg’s method. He also gave keeping with the closeted times. This tumbled down the mountain together,
McMoon a wide-eyed fragility that choice lends the tragicomedy a bubbly, shitting all over the music.”
makes him seem almost gecko-like. That innuendo-laced sense of humor (in one When we speak, Helberg is in New
fragility proved the perfect buffer against scene, McMoon is late for a gig because York for CBS’s fall upfront event. After he
playing him as a nelly stereotype—an he was “attacked by lots of sailors”) leaves the hotel, he’ll join his Big Bang
achievement, considering stereotypes are while also nudging the character’s self- cast mate, the gay actor Jim Parsons, to
all one has to go on regarding McMoon’s discovery forward (at a party, he’s taken field questions at Carnegie Hall, the very
queerness. aback but intrigued when a stud’s arm place Jenkins rented out decades ago
“Everything I read pointed toward lands on his shoulder). so she could screech arias at perplexed
it,” Helberg says, adding that, despite “I chose to play him as somebody who onlookers. “It takes this blind, delusional
the prominence of gay contemporaries didn’t know what he was and didn’t give confidence to do what Florence did,”
like Cole Porter (who is featured briefly it a lot of thought,” Helberg says. “Maybe Helberg says. “If you love the work, you’ll
in the film), McMoon didn’t exactly he realized he was gay later in life.” So find it. Or it will find you.” He pauses.
come of age in a time of acceptance. McMoon’s frantic, gecko-esque nature “And now I sound like a greeting card.”

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harness that energy in the fight against gun violence.”

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3-6. Difficult People’s


Crazy-Ass Cameos
The celebrity barbs fly so fast in Julie Klausner’s
clever, caustic sitcom Difficult People, you may
get wit-lash bingeing it. But not only do Klausner
and costar Billy Eichner expertly roast the rich
and famous (e.g., Robin Wright’s sleepwear line,
Camille Grammer’s IBS), they also cast them. We
rank the best—and most random—cameos of the
show’s second season, now on Hulu.
MIKE BERLIN

SIMPLY SUBLIME

SANDRA BERNHARD
From left: Jaden Smith, The biting comedian is
Tremaine Brown Jr., Skylan
Lilith, the
Brooks, Justice Smith, and
coveted
Shameik Moore
showrunner
of Horse, an

1. The Get Down Emmy-winning


Netflix series
BAZ LUHRMANN’S FUNKY NETFLIX LEAP OF FAITH about a mom who
sells heroin to support
In the pilot for The Get Down, this summer’s Netflix show about the 1970s New York her trans daughter’s TINA FEY
music boom, a character leaps from one rooftop to another, a stolen record in his horseback riding. Um, …as herself! After
hand and brick and mortar crumbling beneath his feet. The moment speaks to the we’d totally watch that. Julie’s mom, Marilyn

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artistic leap taken by co-creator Baz Luhrmann, who, with this series, applies his (Andrea Martin), plies
musical-maestro skills to the small screen—and the black experience—for the first her with
time. Teaming with TV bigwig Shawn Ryan (The Shield), the director delivers an “day wine,”
urban iteration of Dazed and Confused, but this time the hip-huggers are struck with Fey agrees
to film her
neon sheen and joined by mirrorball reflections. Featuring rising stars Justice Smith
video will
(Paper Towns), Shameik Moore (Dope), and Jaden Smith, The Get Down taps into
using the
the underground music scenes that went on to shape mainstream culture, from the Fonda 5000, an age-
disco clubs promoting the singer poised to become the next Donna Summer to the defying camera that
titular Bronx-based party, where Grandmaster Flash (Mamoudou Athie) helps ignite comes with its own jar
JOHN MULANEY
the hip-hop movement. Luhrmann’s key gift here is curiosity. While adding catchy of Vaseline. Slick!
Playing a nostalgic,
spins on Shakespearean prose to the story’s dialogue, he lets his camera follow the
top-hat-wearing
infectious beats and sexual fluidity of the era (Smith plays a graffiti artist whose jelly bean
male attractions lead him into the drag world). The result: a fresh, modern take on heir, the
nostalgia that’s gritty, poetic, and super-fly. R. KURT OSENLUND funnyman
rides
around on
a penny- MARK CONSUELOS
2. Diane Arbus’s Early Years farthing, collects Nazi Mr. Kelly Ripa pops
paraphernalia, and up as another one of
In the mid 1950s, Diane Arbus left her fashion photography Billy’s boy toys, a gay
woos Billy. He’s twee
business to pursue more intimate, unassuming portraiture. cliché from Jersey. His
and xenophobic!
She’d eventually set her gaze on the marginalized—circus lines about Pride rings
performers, dwarfs, nudists, and trans people—but before that, and Demi Lovato are
she hit the streets, snapping strangers she encountered every sorta lame. But he’s
day: laughing children, bombshell receptionists, chic mothers still fun to look at!
in fur and pearls. This work, much of it never before published,
has now been gathered in “Diane Arbus: In the Beginning,” an
exhibit at the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum’s new space
for contemporary artists. Arriving with it: a monograph of the
same name (Yale University Press), with more than 100 images
Lady on a bus, N.Y.C., 1957 shot by Arbus between 1956 and 1962. JULIEN SAUVALLE A TOUGHER SELL

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7. Shura’sShape-
Shifting Neo-Pop
MUSIC’S DIY REVOLUTION has mostly eluded
the shimmering world of pop. But Shura is
poised to bridge that divide, having released
one of the year’s most compelling debuts,
made entirely in her bedroom. “With electronic
music, the bedroom thing has been thriving
for a long time,” says the 24-year-old Anglo-
Russian artist, born Alexandra Lilah Denton.
“But things are different now. You can like
Whitney Houston and the Rolling Stones at the
same time, and nobody bats an eyelid.”
The queer singer-songwriter’s new album,
Nothing’s Real, is a showcase of her own
diverse tastes. Its 13 hypnotic tracks marry
glacial 1980s synthesizers with the organic
lite-rock glee of Haim, connecting the dots
between indie-blog appeal and radio-friendly
accessibility. Shura started turning heads in
2014 with her self-directed video for the aching
track “Touch,” in which couples from all over
the Kinsey scale lock lips against a foggy,
seductive backdrop. However, completing her
first full-length has been a drawn-out labor of
love. “I feel like I’m eight months pregnant,” she
quips, “and I’m walking around thinking, Get
this thing out of me!”
The hardest part may be yet to come. As she
tours Europe this summer, she’s hoping to build
her international fan base without all the glam
and swagger of the next Taylor or RiRi. “People
would be like, ‘She wears denim jackets all
the time and doesn’t dance—I want to be just
like that!’ ” she says sarcastically. Still, Shura
believes there’s plenty of room in the pop
landscape for experimentalists like her. “Kids
these days aren’t as tied to a tribe,” she says.
“Everything’s wide open.” DANIEL MARTIN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW WHITTON


WHAT IS ODEFSEY®? What are the other possible side effects of ODEFSEY?
ODEFSEY is a 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to Serious side effects of ODEFSEY may also include:
treat HIV-1 in people 12 years and older. It can either be used • Severe skin rash and allergic reactions. Skin rash is
in people who are starting HIV-1 treatment, have never taken a common side effect of ODEFSEY. Call your healthcare
HIV-1 medicines before, and have an amount of HIV-1 in their provider right away if you get a rash, as some rashes and
blood (“viral load”) that is no more than 100,000 copies/mL; allergic reactions may need to be treated in a hospital.
or in people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines Stop taking ODEFSEY and get medical help right away if
and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain you get a rash with any of the following symptoms: fever,
requirements. These include having an undetectable viral load skin blisters, mouth sores, redness or swelling of the eyes
(less than 50 copies/mL) for 6 months or more on their current (conjunctivitis), swelling of the face, lips, mouth, or throat,
HIV-1 treatment. ODEFSEY combines 3 medicines into 1 pill trouble breathing or swallowing, pain on the right side of the
taken once a day with a meal. ODEFSEY is a complete HIV-1 stomach (abdominal) area, and/or dark “tea-colored” urine.
treatment and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.
• Depression or mood changes. Tell your healthcare provider
ODEFSEY does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control right away if you: feel sad or hopeless, feel anxious or restless,
HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses, you must have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to
keep taking ODEFSEY. Ask your healthcare provider if you have hurt yourself.
questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to • Changes in liver enzymes. People who have had hepatitis B or
others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the C or who have certain liver enzyme changes may have a higher
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disease. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION liver enzymes before and during treatment with ODEFSEY.
• Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking
What is the most important information I should HIV-1 medicines.
know about ODEFSEY? • Changes in your immune system. Your immune system
ODEFSEY may cause serious side effects: OC[IGVUVTQPIGTCPFDGIKPVQƂIJVKPHGEVKQPU6GNN[QWT
• Buildup of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you
is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis start taking ODEFSEY.
include feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble • Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare
breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold provider should do blood and urine tests to check your
(especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, kidneys. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking
and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. ODEFSEY if you develop new or worse kidney problems.
• Serious liver problems. The liver may become large and • Bone problems, such as bone pain, softening, or thinning,
fatty. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may
part of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice); dark “tea-colored” do tests to check your bones.
urine; loss of appetite; light-colored bowel movements (stools); The most common side effects of rilpivirine, one of the
nausea; and/or pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of medicines in ODEFSEY, are depression, trouble sleeping
your stomach area. (insomnia), and headache.
• You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious
liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have The most common side effect of emtricitabine and tenofovir
been taking ODEFSEY or a similar medicine for a long time. In alafenamide, two of the medicines in ODEFSEY, is nausea.
some cases, lactic acidosis and serious liver problems have led Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that
to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have bother you or do not go away.
any symptoms of these conditions.
• Worsening of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. ODEFSEY What should I tell my healthcare provider before
is not approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV taking ODEFSEY?
and stop taking ODEFSEY, your HBV may suddenly get worse. • All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare
&Q PQV UVQR VCMKPI 1&'(5'; YKVJQWV ƂTUV VCNMKPI VQ [QWT provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, mental
healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. health (depression or suicidal thoughts), or liver problems,
including hepatitis virus infection.
Who should not take ODEFSEY?
• All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-
Do not take ODEFSEY if you take: the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
• Certain prescription medicines for other conditions. It is Other medicines may affect how ODEFSEY works. Keep a list
important to ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider
medicines that should not be taken with ODEFSEY. Do not and pharmacist. Ask your healthcare provider if it is safe to take
start a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. ODEFSEY with all of your other medicines.
• The herbal supplement St. John’s wort. • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known
if ODEFSEY can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare
• Any other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection. provider if you become pregnant while taking ODEFSEY.
• If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do
not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.

Ask your healthcare provider if ODEFSEY is right for you,


and visit ODEFSEY.com to learn more.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Important Facts about ODEFSEY including important warnings


on the following page.
ODEFSEY does not
cure HIV-1 or AIDS.

SHOW YOUR

ODEFSEY is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day HIV-1 treatment for people 12 years


and older who are either new to treatment and have less than 100,000 copies/mL of
virus in their blood or people whose healthcare provider determines they can replace
their current HIV-1 medicines with ODEFSEY.
IMPORTANT FACTS
This is only a brief summary of important information about
(oh-DEF-see) ODEFSEY® and does not replace talking to your healthcare
provider about your condition and your treatment.

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ODEFSEY POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF ODEFSEY


ODEFSEY may cause serious side effects, including: ODEFSEY can cause serious side effects, including:
• Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious • Those in the “Most Important Information About ODEFSEY” section.
medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider • Severe skin rash and allergic reactions.
right away if you have any of these symptoms: feeling very weak or tired, • Depression or mood changes.
unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or
vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or • Changes in liver enzymes.
lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Changes in body fat.
• Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your • Changes in your immune system.
healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure.
or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice); dark “tea-colored” • Bone problems.
urine; loss of appetite; light-colored bowel movements (stools); nausea; and/
or pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area. The most common side effects of rilpivirine, one of the medicines in
ODEFSEY, are depression, trouble sleeping (insomnia), and headache.
• Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. ODEFSEY is not approved
to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get The most common side effect of emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide,
worse if you stop taking ODEFSEY. Do not stop taking ODEFSEY without first two of the medicines in ODEFSEY, is nausea.
talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health These are not all the possible side effects of ODEFSEY. Tell your healthcare
regularly for several months. provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking ODEFSEY.
You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health
female, very overweight, or have been taking ODEFSEY or a similar medicine before and during treatment with ODEFSEY.
for a long time.

BEFORE TAKING ODEFSEY


ABOUT ODEFSEY
Tell your healthcare provider if you:
• ODEFSEY is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years • Have or have had any kidney, bone, mental health (depression or suicidal

of age and older who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before and who have thoughts), or liver problems, including hepatitis infection.
an amount of HIV-1 in their blood (“viral load”) that is no more than 100,000 • Have any other medical condition.
copies/mL. ODEFSEY can also be used to replace current HIV-1 medicines • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
for some people who have an undetectable viral load (less than 50 copies/
• Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you
mL), have been on the same HIV-1 medicines for at least 6 months, have
never failed HIV-1 treatment, and whose healthcare provider determines that have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.
they meet certain other requirements. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take:
• ODEFSEY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. Ask your healthcare provider about • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins,

how to prevent passing HIV-1 to others. and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.
• Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not
Do NOT take ODEFSEY if you:
• Take a medicine that contains: carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, be taken with ODEFSEY.
Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol-XR®, Teril®), dexamethasone (Ozurdex®,
Maxidex®, Decadron®, Baycadron™), dexlansoprazole (Dexilant®),
esomeprazole (Nexium®, Vimovo®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), omeprazole HOW TO TAKE ODEFSEY
(Prilosec®, Zegerid®), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), pantoprazole sodium
(Protonix®), phenobarbital (Luminal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®, Dilantin-125®, • ODEFSEY is a complete 1-pill, once-a-day HIV-1 medicine.
Phenytek®), rabeprazole (Aciphex®), rifampin (Rifadin®, Rifamate®, • Take ODEFSEY with a meal.
Rifater®, Rimactane®), or rifapentine (Priftin®).
• Take the herbal supplement St. John’s wort.
• Take any other HIV-1 medicines at the same time.
GET MORE INFORMATION
• This is only a brief summary of important information about ODEFSEY.
Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more.
• Go to ODEFSEY.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5
• If you need help paying for your medicine, visit ODEFSEY.com for program information.

ODEFSEY, the ODEFSEY Logo, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related
companies. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: March 2016
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8. PARKER POSEY 10-12. WOMEN ON


IMPOSSIBLY POSH (AND THE VERGE
BLONDE!) IN WOODY SIZING UP SUMMER’S BIG-
ALLEN’S LATEST SCREEN BADASS BROADS
From terrorizing a pet store cashier in Best GHOSTBUSTERS
in Show to orchestrating mass high-school The Hook: Kristen Wiig and Melissa
hazing in Dazed and Confused, Parker McCarthy join SNL faves Kate
Posey has made a career out of turning McKinnon and Leslie Jones in a reboot
biting comedy into art. But in Woody Allen’s of the 1980s classic.
1930s-set Hollywood homage Café Society, Badass-iest Line: Jones: “I don’t know
she adds vintage glamour to her trademark if it was a race thing or a
charm, playing Rad, a platinum-blonde mover lady thing, but I’m mad
and shaker. The cult icon talks feminism, gay as hell.”
fans, and squirrels. R. KURT OSENLUND Possible Stink Factor:
A M A Z O N S T U D I O S ( P O S E Y ). S TA R Z ( J O N E S ) . C O LU M B I A P I C T U R E S (G H O S T B U S T E R S ) . S O N Y C L A S S I C S ( E Q U I T Y ). S T X E N T E R TA I N M E N T ( B A D M O M S )

New remake, new CGI-


Rad seems like such a departure for you.
ravaged city, same action
I love that time period. In Hollywood, there
formula.
was a strength and an elegance among
women, a feminine mystique that was EQUITY
more about etiquette than materialism. My The Hook: Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn
grandmother had it, and playing Rad, I thought leads a mostly female cast in a movie
a lot about her and about women who didn’t about stock-market sisters doing it for
feel they had to imitate men to be powerful. themselves.
Badass-iest Line: Gunn: “I like
How did you conjure Rad’s hip 1930s accent dress—it had squirrels and rats on it! money. That’s why I get up
and affectations? [Costume designer] Suzy Benzinger was like, in the morning.”
Women had so much personality back then— “We don’t know if Woody’s gonna go for this.” Possible Stink Factor:
even my grandmother acted like a movie star. But the look was very important to him, and A feminist-workforce
Rad reminded me of Eve Arden, who was in he was open to being very high-fashion with manifesto? Or just some
Mildred Pierce and went on to star in Grease. this character. I mean, she runs a modeling very loud scenery-chewing?
She had a great wit about her. agency.
BAD MOMS
You went blonde for this movie. Was it a Are you aware of how substantial your gay The Hook: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell,
wig or your real hair? fan base is? and Kathryn Hahn throw caution—and
It’s my hair. My friend convinced me to dye it Oh, I love the gays. Can we still say that—“the baby wipes—to the wind, revolting
last year, and afterward I wished I had gone gays”? Thank God for that community. I against suburban motherhood.
blonde long ago to get more work [laughs]. feel such a closeness with it. But I’m often Badass-iest Line: Bell: “Is that your
When I was offered the part of Rad, Woody surprised by who admires me. There was mom bra? … You’ve got a very Boys
said, “Your hair matches the character.” So I a 5-year-old boy I met outside a hardware Don’t Cry thing happening right now.”
kept it. store, and he goes, “Dad, that lady’s from Possible Stink Factor: Bad Santa?
Your fashion in the film is so stunning and Best in Show—the one with the Busy Bee!” Gritty gem. Bad Teacher?
grand. What was your favorite outfit? Between my gay fan base and my 5-year-old Nasty dud. Bad Moms? We’re
Oh my God, the Schiaparelli squirrel-printed fan base, I couldn’t be happier. on the (picket) fence. RKO

9. Sharon Jones: The Ultimate Fighter


Sharon Jones does not perform funk and soul songs. She becomes possessed by them, so much
so that the 60-year-old vocalist will kick off her heels during her raucous live shows and
then stomp along barefoot to the swaggering rhythms of her backing band, the Dap-Kings.
Success came late to the gospel-trained South Carolina native, a former wedding singer whose
acclaimed albums from the past decade sound like they were beamed in from 1967. Barbara
Kopple’s new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! traces its dynamic subject’s rise to stardom,
but its main focus is on Jones’s battle with pancreatic cancer, a curveball that delayed her 2014
LP, Give the People What They Want, but did little to dampen her spirit. If the film’s darkest
moments are sobering and raw, its final scene, featuring footage of the artist’s return to the
stage, is glorious and triumphant. More than a great diva comeback story, this is a tale of
survival. Jones was born to sing, and it is her music that has kept her alive. JASON LAMPHIER

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Foreground N E I G H B O R H O O D WATC H

Doug Fir Lounge

Southeast
Portland
Where America’s capital of
cool earns its reputation

THE OBSESSION WITH small-batch


living didn’t begin in Brooklyn, as
some might have you believe. Oregon’s
Portland deserves all the credit, starting
with its craft-beer movement in the
1980s. Since then, PDX—locals refer to
the city by its airport code—has always
been three steps ahead, championing
handmade commercialism in all facets
of life, from food to home goods. The
most enthusiastic flag-bearer of that
spirit: its southeast quadrant. With
cheaper real estate, a new public
transportation link to the west side, and
a large sprawl to redevelop, this area is
the sweet spot for entrepreneurs and a
test site for some of PDX’s established
brands. Here’s how to properly Olympia Provisions
explore it. BRANDON PRESSER

EAT Olympia Provisions that’s the acclaimed horseradish vodka.


Nong’s Khao Man Gai The sandwiches are on fleek at this (720 SE Grand Ave.; KachkaPDX.com)
With two suitcases and $70 to her name, refurbished warehouse, but we
Nong left her homeland and became recommend the themed charcuterie Langbaan
Portland’s poster girl for the American boards paired with wedges of local Enter PaaDee, walk to the back of the
dream. Armed with one recipe for cheese from Ancient Heritage Dairy restaurant, locate the bookshelf, and C O U R T E S Y T R AV E L P O R T L A N D (O LY M P I A , T I D B I T, B O L LY WO O D, L A N G BA A N , D O U G F I R ).

chicken and rice, she started a food cart, (AncientHeritageDairy.com). Go for push—Langbaan’s cool concrete walls
and she now has a permanent location the Hannah, made from cow and and wooden tables await you inside. The
where you’re likely to find her milling sheep’s milk, and wash it down with restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept
about. (609 SE Ankeny St.; KhaoManGai an herbal infusion from Steven Smith has crept into a few places around town,
.com) Teamaker (SmithTea.com), which has but this super-secret Thai spot doesn’t
a tasting room down the road. (107 S.E. need a gimmick to be recognized as one
Bollywood Theater Washington St.; OlympiaProvisions.com) of the finest chow houses in Portland.
Dhaba, or street-style, Indian food (6 S.E. 28th Ave.; LangbaanPDX.com)
B R A N D O N P R E S S E R ( B I B L E C LU B , K AC H K A )

comes to life in this fast-casual hangar. Kachka


Chef Troy MacLarty climbed the Tower Russki-chic eats are the calling card of Salt & Straw
of Babel and achieved the impossible, the Soviet-style Kachka, which educates While the doughnut war rages on,
perfecting dishes from the subcontinent the palate beyond pork gristle and Portlanders unite when it comes to
like they were his own family’s recipes. boiled potatoes. The menu spans the the cone. This creamery leveraged its
Our picks: the kati roll, the bhel entire grip of the former USSR, uniting fame on off-the-wall flavors (think dill
puri, or any of the creamy-but-light Baltic sprats, Armenian lavash, and pickle and bone marrow), but the more
veggie curries. (3010 S.E. Division St.; everything in between. The dumplings dessert-y takes, like Almond Brittle with
BollywoodTheaterPDX.com) will put a tear in your eye—or maybe Salted Ganache, are the real reason

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Bible Club

Langbaan

Tidbit Food Farm & Garden Bollywood Theater

locals brave the lines. (3345 S.E. Division glassware. And the cocktails, like adorable version of the original. (3747
St.; SaltAndStraw.com) the Penicillin (peaty with a flash of S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; Powells.com)
citrus), really sing. (6716 S.E. 16th Ave.;
DRINK BibleClubPDX.com) Cargo
Coava Coffee Cargo gives the word tchotchke a good
In the homeland of “third wave” java Doug Fir Lounge name, with a surplus of collectibles from
(where beans are treated like wine If the Jetsons had a cottage in the around the globe: Nepalese prayer flags,
grapes), residents are moving beyond American Northwest, it’d look like Japanese kokeshi dolls, Singaporean
Stumptown and opting for Coava. With Doug Fir, tucked inside the retro-cool shadow puppets, and Indian comic
its velvety blends served in an industrial Jupiter Hotel. Wooden logs and disco books. (81 S.E. Yamhill St.; CargoInc.
space, the city’s trendiest coffee lights adorn the restaurant, bar, outdoor com)
shop deserves the buzz. Savor your space, and intimate performance venue,
cappuccino with a sea salt brownie from which attracts some of the best acts Tidbit Food Farm & Garden
Little T Baker (LittleTBaker.com). (1300 visiting Portland. (830 E. Burnside St.; They call it a “next-generation cart
S.E. Grand Ave.; CoavaCoffee.com) DougFirLounge.com) pod,” and it’s taking Portland’s famous
food-truck scene to new heights. This
Bible Club SHOP assemblage of micro-establishments is
Hidden in an unmarked yellow house in Powell’s Books the byword for cool, from the draught
suburb-ish Sellwood, Bible Club makes The mother ship of independent local brews on tap at Scout (ScoutPDX
the tired Prohibition theme fresh again. bookstores takes up an entire block in .com) and fusion ramen at Hapa PDX
Everything here is authentic to the era, downtown Portland. But its southeast (HapaPDX.com) to the dress shop
from the couches and lampshades to spin-off, specializing in home and in a double-decker bus at Lodekka
the bartending tools and mismatched garden reads, is a more manageable, (Lodekka.com). (2880 S.E. Division St.)

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Foreground TRENDING

Future Perfect:
A Fall Fashion
Preview
Don’t follow the trends—start them.
Here, our favorite runway looks
of the upcoming season.

Gone are the days of stuffy menswear. Whether you’re


crunching numbers in a cubicle or sipping rosé in an oyster
bar, the only rule now for dressing well is to dress like you.
But with freedom comes choices, and too many choices
can make even the most daring guy stick to his go-tos.
That’s why we’ve assembled this guide to fall fashion
2016: because like any good tastemaker, you should feel
confident and inspired—and always ahead of the curve.
From the effortless luxury of Bottega Veneta to the
retro eclecticism of Gucci to the glittery detailing of
Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, these pieces will take your
wardrobe to the next level. Some designers have embraced
the whimsical (see Prada’s bid for disheveled-sailor chic);
others are calling for good old-fashioned badassery (that
stalwart of rocker cool, John Varvatos). Even Mr. American
P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y H E AT H E R S T E N Classic himself, Tommy Hilfiger, is taking risks and
STYLING BY MICHAEL COOK breathing new life into sportswear.
With choices like these, it seems being stylish has never
been easier. So what are you waiting for?
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: TOMMY HILFIGER: JACKET, $499; SWEATER, $249;
POLO SHIRT, $229; PANTS, $179. GUCCI: CARDIGAN, $5,850; TANK TOP, $850;
PANTS, $530; SCARF, $456; NECKLACE, $635; RINGS, PRICE AVAILABLE UPON
REQUEST. TOPMAN DESIGN: ALL CLOTHING, PRICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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JOHN VARVATOS:
COAT, $1,898;
SWEATER, $398;
PANTS, $598;
SCARF, $298;
GLOVES, $228
Foreground TRENDING

G R O O M E R : S I O B H A N B E N S O N . M O D E L S : DA N I E L J A M E S A N D W I L L M OT E R L L E AT R E Q U E S T M O D E L M A N AG E M E N T

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PRADA: COAT, $4,060; SHIRT, $870; PANTS, $1,400;
HAT AND SHOES, PRICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. BOTTEGA VENETA: JACKET,
$4,600; TURTLENECK, $2,700; PANTS, $2,480. LOUIS VUITTON: ALL CLOTHING,
PRICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA COUTURE: SWEATER, PRICE
AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST; SHIRT, $645; PANTS, PRICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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Solar Power
It’s summer, and though that means awesome weather, it also means the sun is at its fiercest. So
whether you’re shuttling off to Fire Island (see page 34) or just dashing out to grab some bubbly
at your local wine store, you need to protect your face—and not just by slathering on the greasy,
pore-clogging Coppertone of yore. The best new sunscreens are taking an organic approach, using
mineral-based, paraben-free formulas to prevent burns and keep your skin healthy. Packed with
vitamins and active moisturizing ingredients, they boost your natural defenses against UVA and UVB
rays without causing breakouts. If you have fair skin, opt for the strong stuff—SPF 50 or higher. But
even if you tan like a Greek god, adding a bit of SPF 15 to your daily skin-care regimen will prevent
signs of aging. Here, our picks to help you preserve your mug and maintain a youthful glow.

FROM LEFT: HAIR IN THE SUN BY SACHAJUAN, 4 OZ., $32, AVAILABLE AT BARNEYS NEW YORK; SUPER FLUID UV DEFENSE SPF 50+
BY KIEHL’S, 1.7 FL. OZ., $38; MINERAL MOISTURE DEFENSE SPF 50 BY MD SOLAR SCIENCES, 4 OZ., $39; SUPER STICK SOLAIRE SPF 30 BY SISLEY,
0.38 OZ., $122; TAN PERFECTING ENZYME PEEL MASK BY JAMES READ, 2.6 OZ., $22, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA; SUNLEŸA AGE MINIMIZING SUN CARE
SPF 15 BY SISLEY, 1.6 OZ., $260

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY S H A N A N OVA K OUT AU G U S T 2016 29


Foreground A PE R FEC T DAY

Michelle
Tea’s San
Francisco 2

Since her 1998 debut, The Passionate


Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of
One Girl in America, Michelle Tea’s
memoirs have captivated queer
audiences with their frank and honest
insights into sexuality and gender.
Her latest book, Black Wave, is no
exception. Set in 1999, it evokes the
intense sense of living at the end of 1
times, when what counts is to find a 2. TROUBLE COFFEE 5
way to tell it like it is. Between running “People love to get all up in arms about
her queer-centric literary nonprofit the $5 ‘hipster toast’ at this joint, but have the sunshine and dance under a lemon
Radar, editing for the queer anthology any of them actually tried the fat, buttery tree on the back patio. 3158 Mission St.;
series Sister Spit, and heading up slices crusted with cinnamon sugar? And HardFrench.com
her alternative parenting site, Mutha then washed them down with coffee that
Magazine, Tea found time to take us tastes like coffee, not like ‘jasmine’ or 5. RADAR PRODUCTIONS’ QUEER READING
on the road less traveled in her beloved ‘honeysuckle with notes of cantaloupe?’ I SERIES
San Francisco. see nothing to complain about here.” 4033 “Not to brag, but I started this long-running
Judah St. monthly series at the San Francisco Public
1. NOOWORKS Library, where conversations
“Though Nooworks makes tons of things 3. RAINBOW GROCERY between the authors and
for adult people, I’m obsessed with their “There is no other grocery the audience take up as
kids’ T-shirts and leggings. There are store in the world like much space as the readings
prints with monster people, cats, and—my this giant organic-food themselves. Literary and
favorite—a crazy Garden of Eden scene emporium. Whatever exotic artistic superstars such as
with an Adam so chiseled and an Eve so spice, medicinal tea, fake vegan Eileen Myles, Alison Bechdel,
busty that it’s almost inappropriate.” meat, or million-dollar raw- Justin Vivian Bond, and
395 Valencia St.; Nooworks.com food cracker you’re craving, undreds more have graced
they have it—plus gorgeous 1 the podium.” 100 Larkin St.
4 produce. It’s also a great way to
give Whole Foods—and their conservative 6. THE TENDERLOIN NATIONAL FOREST
LY D I A DA N I L L E R ( T E A ). C O U R T E S Y O F LO C AT I O N S

Republican CEO—the finger.” 1745 Folsom “A once-squalid Tenderloin alleyway


St.; Rainbow.coop has been transformed into a miniature
forest bursting with redwood, Japanese
4. HARD FRENCH AT EL RIO maples, vines of edible nasturtium, walls
“At this party at the city’s long-standing, of perfumed jasmine, a babbling brook,
beloved dive bar El Rio, the music is and installations both natural and artistic.
perfect, the go-go dancers are top-notch, The Forest has had the neighborhood’s
and the crowd is a truly diverse mix of back for years, supporting artists and
all genders. Though it’s mostly queer, low-income residents.” 501 Ellis St.;
everyone is welcome to get drunk in LuggageStoreGallery.org

30 AU G U S T 2016 OUT
Foreground LIQUIDITY

BLACK
MANHATTAN
Courtesy of Ann Marshall,
High Wire Distilling,
Charleston, S.C.*
2 oz. rye
1 oz. High Wire Southern Amaro
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Orange rind for garnish

Stir all the ingredients together


over ice. Strain into a coupe glass
and garnish with a strip of orange
rind.

*A favorite at High Wire


headquarters

THERE’S ALWAYS
AMARO
Courtesy of Nicki DeVenuto,
the Grocery, Charleston, S.C.
Tomorrow’s Amaro 1 oz. bourbon
½ oz. crème de cassis
The future of the biting Italian liqueur is in our own backyard. ½ oz. High Wire Southern Amaro
1 dash orange bitters
Orange peel
WE’VE GOTTEN BITTER. Blame it on Cam- shall, “so we drew inspiration from our local
pari, which rose to prominence when the landscape.” High Wire’s amaro uses yaupon Combine all the ingredients over
Negroni became summer’s chicest drink. holly, a wild-foraged indigenous shrub, and ice in a mixing glass. Stir well,
Now, with our taste buds primed, we’re eager black tea from nearby Wadmalaw Island, and then strain into a coupe
to explore that kicky spirit’s amaro siblings. home to the only tea plantation in the U.S. glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
A versatile liqueur, amaro can be flavored The result is similar to the Bolognese Amaro
with anything from citrus peels to roots to Montenegro, but 100% South Carolina. ONE’S
artichokes. Its bite is thought to be great for In 2013, Brovo Spirits, outside Seattle, Courtesy of Spencer
digestion, to stimulate the appetite before a teamed with local bartenders for a limited- Schwartz, Joule Restaurant,
meal or get the gears moving after one. Light- edition range of amari. Project Amaro was Seattle
er brews like Campari and Aperol fall into so popular, three of its brews are now year-
the pre-dinner category (known as aperitivi) round staples. At Joule, a Seattle restaurant, 1 oz. Brovo Amaro #04
and are often served in spritzes. Digestivi, the beverage director Spencer Schwartz riffs on 1 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. Dolin Blanc
after-dinner contingent, are usually darker the white Negroni with tequila and spicy Bro-
and more herbal, like the punchy fernet. vo Amaro #04, composed by Patrick Haight. Combine all three ingredients
Part of amaro’s stateside allure has been its And Chicago’s Rodrick Markus, owner of in a mixing glass with ice,
Italian accent, all sexy old-school labels and Rare Tea Cellar, takes it even further with stir, and then strain into
historic backstories. But as more bartenders Balsam, an amaro you can mix with wine for a coupe.
become familiar with it and more distillers a vermouth-style aperitivo. But distillers don’t
look to strut their stuff, American amari is have to reinvent the wheel. Denver’s Leopold
building its own cred. Italian amaro varieties Bros. used the classic Campari formula for
are super regional, lifting their flavors from their aperitivo, originally created for co-
local products and native plants. But why owner Todd Leopold’s wedding. He made just
should we have to rely on someone else’s two tweaks, adding all-natural coloring and,
S H U T T E R S TO C K ( A M A R O)

hometown pride for a good stiff drink? for a Western touch, sarsaparilla root.
Southern Amaro, produced by High Wire The bottom line: Wherever you are, there’s
Distilling, in Charleston, S.C., is as native as it likely an amaro being made. So take some
gets. “We didn’t want to just knock off stan- time to taste your town, just like the Italians
dard Italian amari,” says co-owner Ann Mar- do. —REGAN HOFMANN

OUT AU G U S T 2016 31
Foreground FITNESS 101
CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
Description:
NexGard® (afoxolaner) is available in four sizes of beef-lavored, soft chewables for oral administration to
dogs and puppies according to their weight. Each chewable is formulated to provide a minimum afoxolaner
dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg). Afoxolaner has the chemical composition 1-Naphthalenecarboxamide,
4-[5- [3-chloro-5-(triluoromethyl)-phenyl]-4, 5-dihydro-5-(triluoromethyl)-v3-isoxazolyl]-N-[2-oxo-2-[(2,2,2-
triluoroethyl)amino]ethyl.
Indications:
NexGard kills adult leas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of lea infestations (Ctenocephalides
felis), and the treatment and control of Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), American Dog tick (Dermacentor
variabilis), Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), and Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) infestations
in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older, weighing 4 pounds of body weight or greater, for one month.
Dosage and Administration:
NexGard is given orally once a month, at the minimum dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg).
Dosing Schedule:
Body Afoxolaner Per Chewables
Weight Chewable (mg) Administered
4.0 to 10.0 lbs. 11.3 One
10.1 to 24.0 lbs. 28.3 One
24.1 to 60.0 lbs. 68 One
60.1 to 121.0 lbs. 136 One
Over 121.0 lbs. Administer the appropriate combination of chewables
NexGard can be administered with or without food. Care should be taken that the dog consumes the
complete dose, and treated animals should be observed for a few minutes to ensure that part of the dose
is not lost or refused. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost or if vomiting occurs within two
hours of administration, redose with another full dose. If a dose is missed, administer NexGard and resume
a monthly dosing schedule.
Flea Treatment and Prevention:
Treatment with NexGard may begin at any time of the year. In areas where fleas are common year-round,
monthly treatment with NexGard should continue the entire year without interruption.
To minimize the likelihood of flea reinfestation, it is important to treat all animals within a household with
an approved flea control product.
Tick Treatment and Control:
Treatment with NexGard may begin at any time of the year (see Effectiveness).
Contraindications:
There are no known contraindications for the use of NexGard.
Warnings:
Not for use in humans. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion,
contact a physician immediately.
Precautions:
The safe use of NexGard in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution
in dogs with a history of seizures (see Adverse Reactions).

The Reality of Results Adverse Reactions:


In a well-controlled US field study, which included a total of 333 households and 615 treated dogs (415
administered afoxolaner; 200 administered active control), no serious adverse reactions were observed
with NexGard.
Over the 90-day study period, all observations of potential adverse reactions were recorded. The most
frequent reactions reported at an incidence of > 1% within any of the three months of observations
Our fitness expert Chris Matsui says there’s no get-fit pill. are presented in the following table. The most frequently reported adverse reaction was vomiting. The
occurrence of vomiting was generally self-limiting and of short duration and tended to decrease with
subsequent doses in both groups. Five treated dogs experienced anorexia during the study, and two of
But there is a no-nonsense prescription. those dogs experienced anorexia with the first dose but not subsequent doses.
Table 1: Dogs With Adverse Reactions.
Treatment Group
Afoxolaner Oral active control
Getting fit always looks so much easier tickets. The moral here: If you don’t want N1 % (n=415) N2 % (n=200)
Vomiting (with and without blood) 17 4.1 25 12.5
in photos. You know the kind: a “before” to do it, the world will give you a good Dry/Flaky Skin 13 3.1 2 1.0
shot of a super-overweight dude, and then reason it can’t be done. But if you really Diarrhea (with and without blood)
Lethargy
13
7
3.1
1.7
7
4
3.5
2.0
an “after” shot, in which he’s suddenly want it, nothing will stop you. Anorexia 5 1.2 9 4.5
1
Number of dogs in the afoxolaner treatment group with the identified abnormality.
transformed into a jacked fitness god in 2
Number of dogs in the control group with the identified abnormality.
In the US field study, one dog with a history of seizures experienced a seizure on the same day after
only six weeks. The catch is, you need 2. EXPECTATIONS MUST BE REALISTIC. receiving the first dose and on the same day after receiving the second dose of NexGard. This dog
experienced a third seizure one week after receiving the third dose. The dog remained enrolled and
one special pill—and “it can be yours for Fitness media have skewed people’s completed the study. Another dog with a history of seizures had a seizure 19 days after the third dose
of NexGard. The dog remained enrolled and completed the study. A third dog with a history of seizures
just $400! Act now and you can have the expectations of the results of exercise received NexGard and experienced no seizures throughout the study.
To report suspected adverse events, for technical assistance or to obtain a copy of the MSDS,
perfect program guaranteed to provide programs. I get clients who say they want contact Merial at 1-888-637-4251 or www.merial.com/nexgard. For additional information about
adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS or online at
these incredible results!” to get bigger but not look like Arnold http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth.
Mode of Action:
We know it’s a scam, and yet these Schwarzenegger. As if! You can train Afoxolaner is a member of the isoxazoline family, shown to bind at a binding site to inhibit insect and
acarine ligand-gated chloride channels, in particular those gated by the neurotransmitter gamma-
ads are effective. Someone is always correctly and maintain a perfect diet for aminobutyric acid (GABA), thereby blocking pre- and post-synaptic transfer of chloride ions across cell
membranes. Prolonged afoxolaner-induced hyperexcitation results in uncontrolled activity of the central
willing to take the gamble and fall for years and still not look like Arnold—but nervous system and death of insects and acarines. The selective toxicity of afoxolaner between insects
and acarines and mammals may be inferred by the differential sensitivity of the insects and acarines’
nonsensical marketing ploys. But the that doesn’t mean you won’t look great. GABA receptors versus mammalian GABA receptors.
Effectiveness:
reality of obtaining results is: In a well-controlled laboratory study, NexGard began to kill leas four hours after initial administration and
demonstrated >99% effectiveness at eight hours. In a separate well-controlled laboratory study, NexGard
demonstrated 100% effectiveness against adult leas 24 hours post-infestation for 35 days, and was ≥93%
3. IT CAN SUCK. effective at 12 hours post-infestation through Day 21, and on Day 35. On Day 28, NexGard was 81.1% effective
12 hours post-infestation. Dogs in both the treated and control groups that were infested with leas on
1. TENACITY IS NECESSARY. Diet and training aren’t always fun. If Day -1 generated lea eggs at 12- and 24-hours post-treatment (0-11 eggs and 1-17 eggs in the NexGard treated
dogs, and 4-90 eggs and 0-118 eggs in the control dogs, at 12- and 24-hours, respectively). At subsequent
If you want results, stick with the they were, everyone walking down the evaluations post-infestation, leas from dogs in the treated group were essentially unable to produce any eggs
(0-1 eggs) while leas from dogs in the control group continued to produce eggs (1-141 eggs).
program. You can’t train four times a street would be ripped. To get the body In a 90-day US ield study conducted in households with existing lea infestations of varying severity, the
effectiveness of NexGard against leas on the Day 30, 60 and 90 visits compared with baseline was 98.0%,
week and then stop for three weeks and you want, you may have to give up some 99.7%, and 99.9%, respectively.
Collectively, the data from the three studies (two laboratory and one ield) demonstrate that NexGard kills
expect to make significant progress. We lifestyle choices—indulgent restaurant leas before they can lay eggs, thus preventing subsequent lea infestations after the start of treatment of
existing lea infestations.
all have excuses, but if you really want to meals, binge drinking, that sneaky In well-controlled laboratory studies, NexGard demonstrated >97% effectiveness against Dermacentor variabilis,
>94% effectiveness against Ixodes scapularis, and 93% effectiveness against Rhipicephalus sanguineus,
see change, you’ll find a way to work out tub of Häagen-Dazs. Be prepared to 48 hours post-infestation for 30 days. At 72 hours post-infestation, NexGard demonstrated >97% effectiveness
against Amblyomma americanum for 30 days.
at least two to three times a week. sacrifice. You can’t expect to get results Animal Safety:
In a margin of safety study, NexGard was administered orally to 8 to 9-week-old Beagle puppies at 1,
I love the story of Bernard Roth (author while continuing to party and eat out 3, and 5 times the maximum exposure dose (6.3 mg/kg) for three treatments every 28 days, followed by
three treatments every 14 days, for a total of six treatments. Dogs in the control group were sham-dosed.
of The Achievement Habit), who tells every day. (Unless you have some freak There were no clinically-relevant effects related to treatment on physical examination, body weight, food
consumption, clinical pathology (hematology, clinical chemistries, or coagulation tests), gross pathology,
of when he wanted to see a particular gene, in which case my hat is off to histopathology or organ weights. Vomiting occurred throughout the study, with a similar incidence in the
treated and control groups, including one dog in the 5x group that vomited four hours after treatment.
movie. His wife was lukewarm on the you.) Achieving your goal is going to be In a well-controlled field study, NexGard was used concomitantly with other medications, such as vaccines,
anthelmintics, antibiotics (including topicals), steroids, NSAIDS, anesthetics, and antihistamines. No
idea, so she said it was sold out. What did uncomfortable and challenging, but it will adverse reactions were observed from the concomitant use of NexGard with other medications.
Storage Information:
Roth do? He sprang into action, going to become less difficult over time. Store at or below 30°C (86°F) with excursions permitted up to 40°C (104°F).
How Supplied:
the box office and asking to be notified of NEXGARD is available in four sizes of beef-flavored soft chewables: 11.3, 28.3, 68 or 136 mg afoxolaner.
S H U T T E R S TO C K

Each chewable size is available in color-coded packages of 1, 3 or 6 beef-flavored chewables.


any cancellations. He waited close by and Chris Matsui is a New York City–based NADA 141-406, Approved by FDA
Marketed by: Frontline Vet Labs™, a Division of Merial Limited.
then asked people in line if anyone had performance trainer. Find him at Duluth, GA 30096-4640 USA
Made in Brazil.
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Foreground MOOD BOARD

Fire Island
Flipping through Tom Bianchi’s Fire
Island Pines, Polaroids 1975–1983, you
can almost feel the sun on your back,
the sand between your toes, and the
pulse of a Donna Summer track blaring
from a transistor radio nearby. It’s the
height of the warm season, and after
all these years, the gay mecca of the
Eastern seaboard continues to beckon.
This month, consider honoring Fire
Island in its prime, when it was truly an
escape—a haven to be yourself without
judgment. Pair some retro-style trunks
from Dan Ward or Charlie by Matthew
Zink with some classic disco grooves,
and let the days drift idly away. Because
honey, if life’s a beach, this one is a great
big, never-ending party.

M A R K E T E D I TO R : M I C H A E L C O O K . C O U R T E S Y TO M B I A N C H I ( F I R E I S L A N D P I N E S , P O L A R O I D S 1975–1983)
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AFTER SUN CARE BY SISLEY,
$175; FIRE ISLAND PINES BY TOM BIANCHI (DAMIANI, $50);
BUCKET HAT BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH, $28; BEACH
BLANKET BY H&M, $24.99; SWIM TRUNKS BY DAN WARD,
$160; CAMERA BY THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT, $299; TANK
TOP BY 2XIST, $44; SUNGLASSES BY RAY-BAN, $200;
PORTABLE SPEAKER BY BEATS BY DRE, $229.95; BRIEFS
BY CHARLIE BY MATTHEW ZINK, $130

34 AU G US T 2016 OUT P H OTO G R A P H Y BY S H A N A N OVA K


Foreground KITCHEN 411

Ramen Hood’s
OG Ramen: sun-
flower seed broth,
bean sprouts,
scallions, baby bok
choy, king oyster
mushrooms, nori,
chili threads, and
vegan egg

KNOW YOUR
NOODLES
While cold ramen is
becoming more popular in

Slurps Up the States, other chilled


noodles are considered
staples of Asian cuisine.
This summer, ramen chills out. Here, three to try.

WHEN IT’S 90-PLUS DEGREES, eating Japanese sea salt, and shiso leaves into a tart, LIANG MIAN
becomes a challenge. You can order only so citrusy broth. This Sichuan dish cools you
many grilled burgers and kale salads, soup Meanwhile, beachgoers in Miami and down in two ways: first,
that isn’t gazpacho is out of the question, and East Hampton, N.Y., can dig into Momi with its ice-cold, sesame-
is fro-yo really considered food? Fortunately, Ramen’s (MomiHamptons.com) chilled flavored noodles; second, by
diners have another option this summer: yasai ramen, which mixes its cold noodles activating sweat glands with
ramen. But not prepared the way you think. in a yuzu soy dressing with eggplant caviar its super-spicy chili sauce.
Chefs are now going against the grain, as it and grilled summer veggies like zucchini
were, and choosing to serve their broth and and squash. In Los Angeles, folks are lining MUL-NAENGMYUN
noodles chilled. up at the Grand Central Market takeout The Korean cold noodle
According to chef Ivan Orkin, whose Ivan counter Ramen Hood (GrandCentralMarket. soup is usually made with
Ramen became one of the most celebrated com) for an all-vegan ramen that swims buckwheat noodles and
ramen shops in Tokyo, chilled noodles in in a broth made of sunflower seeds. And at spiked with ingredients like
broth is still a bit of an anomaly in Japan. Boke Bowl (BokeBowl.com) in Portland, shiitake, radishes, and egg.
But the Long Island, N.Y., native, who’s since Ore., gluten-free diners can sub yam noodles
taken his operation stateside, considers it into any mix, while vegans can savor a TSUKEMEN
the ultimate warm-weather treat. “There’s caramelized fennel dashi broth at either of The best of both worlds, this
nothing like having a bracingly cold bowl of the restaurant’s two locations. Japanese dish comes with
noodles when it’s hot out,” says Orkin, who Which is all to say that ramen—formerly two bowls: one with cold
owns the New York–based noodle hubs Ivan known as a cheap microwavable snack as noodles, the other with a hot
C O U R T E S Y O F A N D R E A A LO N S O / R A M E N H O O D

Slurp Shop and Ivan Ramen (IvanRamen. ubiquitous in college dorm rooms as a Bob soupy broth for dipping.
com), both of which offer innovative takes on Marley poster—has broken out of its sad
ramen for the tank-top set. When things heat orange-and-yellow packet to become a
up, his patrons reach for dishes like spicy foodie hero of sorts. It’s still fun, just tastier
cold mazemen: crispy pork, greens, Koji and funkier. “In traditional Japanese cuisine,
tofu, and a pickled garlic vinaigrette, which there are rigid traditions and rules,” says
together elevate the umami factor without Orkin, “but ramen is more of a maverick
raising internal thermostats. Another of cuisine.” So for a cool-down this summer,
Orkin’s beloved creations, cold lemon shio, skip the mint chocolate chip and grab the
combines rye noodles, poached shrimp, chopsticks.—JEFFREY URQUHART

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D I S PATC H E S FR O M T H E FR O N T L I N E S O F C O N T EM P O R A RY C U LT U R E

Speaking Lavender
FROM REGENCY ENGLAND TO 1920S HARLEM TO MISS PIGGY, GAY VERNACULAR
HAS GIVEN VOICE TO HOMOSEXUAL IDENTITY AND DESIRE IN A HOSTILE WORLD.
IN SOME PARTS, IT STILL DOES.
By Chadwick Moore

BILL LEAP, PERHAPS the world’s most spoke fluent gay English. The way she “I thought, Let’s use that ancient term
respected scholar in the field known as slips in these little French things, the ‘lavender’ and let’s offend everybody,” he
lavender linguistics, talks in a Southern use of ‘moi’ and the hand gesture to the says. Lavender, he points out, has been
drawl and cusses like a trucker’s wife. bosom, this is so 1930s gay.” associated with the occult and mysticism,
“Let me tell you what it is, honey,” he In 1993, Leap created the Lavender with women’s power in Africa, and with
says on a Monday afternoon from his Languages and Linguistics Conference, forms of power in the West in the Roman
home in Tampa, Fla. “Miss Piggy’s English now in its 24th season. The two-day Imperial Court and the Catholic Church.
is so queer.” event draws about 150 attendees from all “It surfaces in the 20th century with a
Leap, an emeritus professor of over the world and is the longest-running lesbian women’s movement in England,
anthropology at American University LGBT-studies conference in the U.S., which was marked in public by women
in Washington, D.C., is writing a book, and the only one dedicated to language who wore lavender-colored rhinoceros
Language Before Stonewall. issues, according to Leap. In 1993, much pins on their lapel,” he says.
“Back in the ’20s and ’30s, there was like today, the community squabbled In his current research, Leap is looking
this massive use in some social sets in gay over language politics, starting with what at Harlemese, the language of the Harlem
America of French as the quintessential to call the field of study—queer language? Renaissance, where he cites a rich and
gay language, and that continues to the Gay and lesbian language? Leap went dynamic queer presence and a manner of
’70s,” he says. “Honest to God, Miss Piggy with lavender. speaking that, while being not exclusively

I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y J I L L D E H A A N OUT AU G U S T 2016 37
Symposium

queer, has influenced both gay and Make your own fun, man, no drugs
mainstream language to this day. around on Tuesday
“Harlem was the site for internal Really naughty airhead, making all the
colonialism. Its sexual value was there for men mad [on] Thursday
the convenience of white folks. But it had Don’t care about the money spent by
its own identity and formation in spite of Friday
the fact that white folks were intruding,”
he says. Polari was rife with “she-ing,” an
Words like “hot” and “hunk,” when academic term that refers to the linguistic
describing an attractive person, came practice of feminizing people and things.
from the clubs and after-hours parties of She-ing appears almost universally and
Harlem, he says. “You can she across centuries in gay language, from
Around the same time, in Britain, Peru to the Philippines to South Africa
Polari, what scholars call an anti- your father or the (where gay slang is called Gayle), to Israel
language, was at its peak among gay
men, but the jargon would be completely
police. It’s inverting (called oxtchit, derived from an Arabic
word meaning “my sister”), to Soviet-
unrecognizable to most English speakers mainstream era Russia. It was initially practical,
today. enabling gay men to talk about sex and
“Nada to vada in the larda, what a society’s values lovers in public without fear of arrest or
sharda,” says Paul Baker, the world’s persecution.
pre-eminent Polari scholar, when asked
so that everybody “You can she anybody,” Baker says.
about his favorite phrase.
Translation: What a shame, he’s got a
is potentially gay “You can she your father or the police.
It’s inverting mainstream society’s values
small penis. and everybody is so that everybody is potentially gay and
“I like the rhyming,” he says. everybody is potentially feminine.”
In the early 1990s, Baker stumbled potentially feminine.” In the West, the gay lexicon dried up
upon Polari while looking for a thesis after Stonewall, relatively speaking. But
topic and soon found himself in a gay-run up ducky” (light me a cigarette), and Hilda in Putin’s Russia, where the environment
hotel in Brighton where the innkeepers Handcuffs, Betsy Badge, and the orderly remains extremely hostile for LGBT
recalled some phraseology. He talked daughters (terms for the police). people, the website Gay.ru, according to a
to several old-timers in the area who “It doesn’t always have to do with paper by researcher Stephan Nance, lists
helped him amass a small dictionary secrecy and protection,” Baker says. a course on how to speak present-day
of words, numbering around 500 today “I think it also has to do with forming Russian gay, a slang called goluboy—from
and available on a new app called Polari, an identity as an affected group, as a word related to the bluish color of a
and wrote transcripts of dialogue from marking yourself as different, or maybe dove—presumably to help gay Russians
two popular British radio characters in a bit superior in some way, a mind-set identify one another. The site addresses
the 1960s named Julian and Sandy, who of evaluating mainstream society as readers as devachki (“girls”), discusses
spoke Polari. (Not coincidentally, the somehow inferior to the Polari speaker’s misgendering, and provides instruction
two actors playing the roles—Kenneth point of view.” on gay tonal inflections when saying
Williams and Hugh Paddick—were gay Unsurprisingly, Morrissey was versed. words like “sister” (“sestraaaa!”). Gays
themselves.) The title of his album Bona Drag means in Putin’s Russia have also Russo-fied
Polari has roots in 1600s England “nice outfit.” In his song “Piccadilly Western terms such as queer (“kvir”) and
and is a mixture of Molly slang (Regency Palare,” he sang, “So bona to vada, oh coming out (“kaminaut”).
England men who dressed in drag and you, your lovely eek and your lovely riah.” In 1880s St. Petersburg, men cruising
coined words like “bitch” and “trade”), (So nice to see you, oh you, your lovely for sex with men were called “tëtki,” or
thieves cant (the Elizabethan rigmarole face and your lovely hair.) And in the “aunties.” (In polite society, they might be
of criminals, circus travelers, and other song “Girl Loves Me,” on his 2016 album said to be getting up to “barskie shalosti,”
undesirables), East London cockney Blackstar, David Bowie sang, or “gentlemen’s mischief.”)
slang, and Italian brought home by sailors Cheena so sound, so titty up this Denis Provencher, department head
in the Mediterranean. Malchick, say of French and Italian at the University of
Other colorful Polari terms include: Party up moodge, nanti vellocet round Arizona, has yet to identify a similar argot
“pastry cutter” (a man’s oral sex on Tuesday as Polari or research into gay-specific
technique), “naff” (meaning either Real bad dizzy snatch making all the slang in French, where discourse, in
tasteless or heterosexual), “cleaning the omies mad, Thursday typical French fashion, operates as more
cage out” (cunnilingus), “tipping the ivy” Popo blind to the polly in the hole by waltz than stride. Recently, however,
(tuchus lingus), “tipping the velvet” (oral Friday many of Marcel Proust’s personal
sex), “he’s got nanti pots in the cupboard” correspondences came to auction at
(he’s got no teeth), your “mother’s a Translation: Sotheby’s and revealed he used Latin as a
stretcher case” (I’m exhausted), “vogue us Women, I trust you, fix up this boy, say secret code when writing to his lovers.

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“The closet is really an American Western society are seen as sexually today, it might be the only bright spot
social construction based on a narrative progressive,” he says. “You also get these of innovation. The film Paris Is Burning
of Judeo-Christian ideology—death and strange narratives where men talk about centers entirely on the lexicon of
resurrection,” Provencher says. “Coming wandering through the city looking for 1980s drag balls, where terms like
out of the closet is like being reborn. sex, but they’re also wandering toward “realness,” “house,” “mother,” and
In French, we are talking about living Mecca as well.” “shade” flash on-screen and move
in good faith and in bad faith, being While vocabulary might be the most the narrative. (Those terms are so
authentic in society.” fun part of lavender linguistics for the mainstream now that, in May, the Bernie
The verb assumer is used, he says, layperson, scholars are concerned with Sanders presidential campaign accused
and operates beyond talking of one’s aspects such as tone, inflection, and the Democratic National Committee of
sexuality. gesturing, as well as the political and “throwing shade.”)
“When you say, ‘je m’assume,’ it means, cultural implications of language—how “[The participants on RuPaul’s Drag
‘I assume my social role.’ And in France the press write about LGBT issues, Race] have quite a clever use and attitude
you would never come home and say, for example, or how queer people toward slang. There’s a celebration of
‘Mom and Dad, I’m gay and this is my communicate with each other privately language and a joy and a humor which
boyfriend Frank.’ You’d say, ‘This is Frank and at work, or how gay language is feels like a successor to Polari,” says
and we love each other.’ ” learned. Baker. “Even though it’s American.”
Provencher’s forthcoming book, “All this talk about assimilation and Online, where most evolution in the
Queer Maghrebi French, looks at LGBT acceptance still requires a certain kind lavender lexicon occurs today, one might
North Africans living in France and their of conformity, and, despite your group say there’s a bit less joy.
relationship to language. that’s all in favor of the heteronormative, “It’s more utilitarian and based around
In Arab societies, “the harem is this many same-sex-identified persons are hookup culture when you’re typing away
enclosed space that we think of as a not comfortable with that mold,” Leap on Grindr,” Baker says. “Shorter phrases
feminine space. The harem is also the says. “And so you’ve got to let off some that have more to do with sexual things.
house of the father. So if you’ve ‘come frustration. You’ve got to let off a certain Gay people on the Internet don’t want
out of the harem,’ you’ve come out of the amount of steam and anger. And talking to come off as funny or showing these
patriarchy. Young North African men use gay is one way of doing that.” rather creative uses of language. They
the harem as an analogy of the closet. That raucous gay tongue of yore want to show themselves as being as
There’s also this analogy of dropping perseveres most strongly in American masculine as possible. There’s a sort of
the veil. Women who drop the veil in drag culture, and, for word lovers performance there.”

ANOTHER
NARCISSUS
I’m standing at the table, looking into
the mirror, I am liking what I see. I am
young; I am handsome; I am pure. I
understand why people want me. I
want me. My sex begins to harden.

I stand there for a long time. I think


it is the moment of my perfection
that I wish to record—before change
comes, before loss comes.

It is not until the ivy has circled my


neck and the snails are nearly to my
mouth that I notice—so enthralled am
I by this object I see in the mirror.

Eventually the ivy will strangle me, “None of the young men that I knew were willing to pose for this picture, and I was beginning to get
the snails will cover my eyes and frustrated when I met a Greek-Albanian boy, with a very beautiful face, tawny hair, and innocent look,”
make their way down my throat, but I says Dimitris Yeros, who shot these photos to accompany Edward Albee's poem. “Miraculously I had no
think I will still be hard as I think about trouble getting him to accept horned mollusks crawling over him, nor was he put off by their slime.” The
DIMITRIS YEROS

the wonder of me. first shoot was in February 1995, but Yeros revisits the subject in a new limited edition of photos with
another model. “I tried to imitate the old shots but took some new ones, too—in the spirit of the poem,” he
– Edward Albee says. From Another Narcissus by Edward Albee and Dimitris Yeros (Phyllo Editions)

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ARMOND WHITE’S MOVIES

OUTING THE SCREEN


Upon the 75th anniversary of The Maltese Falcon’s
release, it’s time to look at the gay myths contained in
the Hollywood perennial.

HARD, TOUGH, RUTHLESS, masculine—the plot gradually


words often used to describe Hollywood’s 1941 reveals Spade’s
detective classic The Maltese Falcon are also terms unmistakable
found in gay erotica to depict the male organ. homophobia. (And it
That’s no coincidence; it’s what writer-director might even expose
John Huston knew when he cast Humphrey Bogart your own in the way
as The Maltese Falcon’s detective hero, Sam Spade. it makes Spade a
Bogart—the most sinister of Hollywood heroes— cold, selfish lover.)
rose to prominence after playing gangsters and For anyone who
low-class louts. His impolite demeanor matched thinks gay film
the ruggedness implicit in Spade’s studly surname. characters—and gay
The name became synonymous with Bogart’s awareness—are new
screen image of a rigid alpha male whose code of to Hollywood, this
honor could be distant and firm, yet attractive. movie goes beyond political correctness and into
Portayed by a Hollywood icon (rumored to be the complexity of Hollywood’s tacit recognition
Gayness is more
physically “gifted”), Bogart’s Sam Spade is the of queerness. The Maltese Falcon’s gay squad than subtext
Maltese Falcon—the object everybody wants to constitute the glory of the studio era’s character-
in The Maltese
get their hands on in the film, which was based actor legacy. Among the Falcon chasers: Papa
on Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel. There are lots bear Kasper Gutman, a part that won Sydney Falcon; it’s what
of slang terms for “penis,” but during the era of Greenstreet an Oscar nomination, and curly- energizes the
Hollywood’s highly moral Production Code, which haired, pinky-ringed Joel Cairo, who pulls a gun
mandated self-imposed censorship and elaborate as quickly as a gardenia-scented handkerchief, film’s high erotic
innuendoes, the most imaginative euphemism had in what is Peter Lorre’s best comic role. Veteran current.
to have been “the Maltese Falcon.” actor Elisha Cook Jr. portrayed Wilmer the gunsel
Huston begins Hammett’s story of greed, (a mobster’s boy toy) as a tough gay who makes
disloyalty—and penis envy—with a brief history Spade’s sexual panic flare up. These characters’
lesson about an object from the 16th-century gay traits are evident—and fun to observe—even
Crusades, a “Golden Falcon encrusted from beak though genteel movie buffs have avoided the
to claw with precious jewels.” The search for this truth for almost a century. Spade’s homophobia
“priceless token,” stolen by pirates and rumored to matches Ethan Edwards’s racism in The Searchers;
be found in the Barbary Coast, drives the film and it acknowledges a cultural fact while underscoring
Sam Spade’s intriguing underworld encounters: another group’s presence.
They include those with a devious femme fatale, Gayness is more than subtext in The Maltese
Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Mary Astor), and a host of Falcon; it’s what energizes the film’s high erotic
equally lusty, scheming gay men, converging upon current—O’Shaughnessy’s attempt to manipulate
E V E R E T T C O L L E C T I O N ( M A LT E S E FA LC O N )

that sexual melting pot San Francisco. Spade’s libido helps to illuminate Gutman,
The Maltese Falcon is Hollywood’s first gay Cairo, and Wilmer’s attraction to Spade’s phallic
masterpiece. Gender is considered fluid these days, principle. Except for, maybe, Robert Mitchum’s
but the intense interplay between dominant male Out of the Past, this is the sexiest of all film noirs.
Spade and his grasping suitors portrays a uniquely The American Film Institute has ranked it no. 31
sensual competition over the ideal of manhood. among the Greatest American Movies. But it is the
It’s fascinating to see that the film dramatizes no. 1 movie for grasping how gay sexuality figures
this as one of society’s primal myths and does in the Hollywood imagination. Bogart’s Sam Spade
so in the most unexpected way: The suspenseful is an homme fatal.

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Clockwise from top


left: Gwen Patton, Tom
Nelson, Maggie Leber,
Andrew Greene.

“The police
are very good
at comforting
families
who’ve lost
somebody,
but that’s not
really what
we’re all
about.”

A ND
SOME
QUEERS
WA NT
MORE
GUNS
An audience with
the Pink Pistols

“WE TEND TO destroy stereotypes on someone is right there,” says member citizens who never even get to use their
a regular basis,” says Gwen Patton, a Tom Nelson. “You can try calling 911, but arms. “In 90 to 95% of defensive gun
long-standing member of the Delaware I can guarantee that you may not dial use, the gun isn’t even fired,” she says.
Valley Pink Pistols, an LGBT group the fucking ‘1’ before they’re all over you. Andrew Greene, who purchased his first
that subscribes to the motto “Pick on The police are very good at comforting shotgun at 18, is a case in point. “I was
Someone Your Own Caliber.” While families who’ve lost somebody, but coming from Philadelphia’s gay area,
many in the LGBT community have felt that’s not really what we’re all about.” If and I passed some college-age kids on
inspired to mobilize for greater gun you suggest that crime statistics show a stoop, and they began to follow me. I
control post-Orlando, the Pink Pistols that most gun fatalities in America are noticed that they had some lengths of
are making the opposite case: that in a the result of family disputes, the Pistols metal pipe. I got to my car, and one of
hostile world, we should be defending loudly protest. “That’s the Kellerman them shouted, “Hey faggot,” at me, and
ourselves with arms. Membership has study, and it has been completely I drew my revolver on them over the
apparently rocketed. “Many times you debunked,” says Patton, adding that top of the car, and the response was
don’t even know you’re in trouble until most gun owners are law-abiding immediate.” The Pistols all chuckle.

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+ POSITIVE VOICES

IMPOSTOR SYNDROME
The trolls, scolds, and unrequited who make
fake, damaging profiles—and what to do if
you’ve been impersonated online
By Nic Holas

“I’M HIV+ AND I LIKE to infect young exposing others to HIV.


guys.” While we continue to be
These were the words Bob saw criminalized, the actions
when looking at “his” profile on Scruff, of these impersonators
the popular dating app for gay and bi aren’t just cruel; they are
men. Bob’s picture, his stats, even his downright dangerous.
employment details were all there for There are several
anyone else on the app to discover. reasons someone
Except this wasn’t Bob’s profile; it was a might set up these fake
fake one set up by someone who wanted profiles. None of them
users to know he was HIV-positive, as are warranted, and in no
well as make some other dangerous, instance should you feel
untrue statements. responsible for causing
Unfortunately, Bob’s experience isn’t someone to do something
an isolated one. Apps like Scruff, Grindr, as potentially harmful as impersonate on the info displayed, Caleb suspected
and Hornet are still a bit of a digital you and disclose your HIV status without the person responsible was someone
frontier land for the gay, bi, and trans your permission. Still, here are the most he’d interacted with recently and
people who use them. While Facebook likely culprits. who himself was HIV-positive. Caleb
seems almost obsessed with policing managed to get the profile taken down
queer profiles and demanding the use THE PERSONAL CONNECTION. This after reporting it to Grindr, and he is
of real names and proof of identity, the is often the most common offender: now trying to reach out to the person
often after-dark world of hookup apps a disgruntled former lover, someone responsible to let him know that his
is, by contrast, a lawless wilderness. you have engaged with on the apps, or actions were hurtful.
One HIV-positive man we spoke to perhaps someone in the community you
discovered that someone had set up know or have interacted with. While THE GAY TROLL. He isn’t a monster
a fake Grindr profile, using his pics, you may prefer to think the sort of that lives under a bridge condo-style
identifying him by name, and disclosing person who’d do something like this is with Scandinavian furniture.
his HIV-positive status. Not only was this a homophobic/transphobic/serophobic Rather, like the more common straight
person not public with his HIV status, he loner who selected you at random, it’s troll, the gay troll hangs out in digital
wasn’t even on Grindr. What followed rarely the case. One man named Caleb spaces and goes out of his way to make
was a convoluted, stressful episode in believes he was targeted by someone he life difficult for others. If you’re an HIV-
which he had to learn to navigate the had previously rejected online. In this positive guy, a PrEP user, a gay or bi man
app and attempt to report the profile. instance, the fake profile misrepresented of color, or otherwise seen as a target,
The whole process lasted weeks and his status, identifying Caleb as HIV- you can find yourself being trolled. The
resulted in him moving to another city, positive (Caleb is negative) on both sad truth is that many trolls setting up
such was the anxiety around having his Grindr and Scruff. He discovered the these fake profiles come from the gay
HIV status disclosed without his consent. fake profile after a late-night phone and bi community.
(We approached Grindr multiple times call from one of his sexual partners,
through its PR agency, but it declined to who was “really distressed and angry” THE MORAL ENTREPRENEUR. This is
comment.) that Caleb had lied to him about his the most bewildering version of the fake
His anxiety is perfectly justifiable. HIV status. He hadn’t. After talking his app profile maker. A moral entrepreneur
This is an era in which police and health partner off the ledge, Caleb jumped is a person who takes it upon himself
department officials are trawling apps online to set up a second profile to track to do good for the community, by any
like Grindr to build cases against (and down his impostor and report him. means necessary. When it comes to
in some instances entrap) HIV-positive “Fake” Caleb had blocked Caleb’s real gay or bi men and HIV, these moral
people to charge them with infecting or profile, a common occurrence. Based entrepreneurs are the first to let you

OUT AU G U S T 2016 45
know someone else’s HIV status “just
The Line Drawn by
so you have all the information.” They
are gossips so terrified of our shared
HIV reality as gay men that they project
Looking
AS THE HBO SERIES CLOSES WITH A MOVIE
their insecurities onto others. The moral
FINALE, WE EXPLORE ITS DIVISIVE LEGACY.
entrepreneur has been with us since
long before the apps. These are the
By Les Fabian Brathwaite
guys who would pull you aside at a club
to “warn” you that the guy you were
just dancing with is HIV-positive. The LOOKING NEVER REALLY burned hot and It was an
message to send to moral entrepreneurs bright; it was more of a smolderer than a flamer.
is a simple one: You’re not helping Debuting to high expectations and ending with
ambitious series
anyone, and you are harming all of us. a set of low ratings, the series proved divisive if only for daring
Get off your high horse, lest you fall and among gay male audiences, revealing two very to show gay men
break your damn neck. distinct camps and what they hold dear and
queer to their hearts. Some loved it for its honest, as complicated,
There are a few things you can do if you unwavering, and deeply affecting depiction of broken, and
discover someone impersonating you gay life; others greeted it with, at best, apathy, and messy: in short,
online and disclosing your HIV status. at worst, open derision, deeming it boring, slow,
If you also use the app and can view unfunny, and more than a bit of a downer. I fall as humans.
the profile, you can report it. If you have into the former category—very much so—though Humans who
friends who use the app and you’re I understand why others don’t. And because this
sometimes have
comfortable sharing your HIV status is America, I’m-a let them finish... before I tell you
with them, they can do the same and why Looking is the greatest gay television show of sex in the woods
help escalate the case in the app’s review all time. with strangers.
queue. If you’re not comfortable doing Yes, nearly all of the characters—save for Doris,
this, you can also report an impostor played by national treasure Lauren Weedman—
profile via the apps’ websites. Try to are unlikable. Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is whiny,
gather as much info as possible when basic, self-absorbed, entitled, and generally
you report them, including screenshots everything white gay men hate to see about
and profile names, and do it as quickly themselves. Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), perhaps
as possible. You may need to upload the most interesting character, is generally
a photo of yourself holding verifying the worst. He is a hot mess who cheats on his
information like an email address. boyfriend and literally wakes up in a gutter.
In some cases, the profile can be Dom (Murray Bartlett) is a man-child who’s been
removed quickly. Caleb’s impostor resting on his good looks and mustache for most
was removed within a few days, and of his adult life till he wakes up one day only to
that lag was mainly due to time-zone realize he’s kind of a loser. And don’t even get me
differences. Other examples dragged on started on that d-bag Kevin (Russell Tovey), who is
for weeks and failed to properly address actually the worst. (Even if his ass does deserve its
the issue, given the severity of the own spin-off series.)
impersonations. It’s a real motley crew of people you probably
This is partly why gay apps feel so wouldn’t want to be friends with—if you weren’t
lawless. The forced disclosure of one’s already friends with them.
HIV status can result in discrimination, And that’s the thing: There are parts of all of
violence, unemployment, or us in these characters, and they reflect a lot of
criminalization. When gay apps leverage the problems gay men have with themselves and
their HIV-friendly options as a selling with each other. There’s the constant quest for
point for their services (Hornet’s “Blue love, which is conflated and confused with, and
Ribbon Boys” and the noise Scruff then ultimately sidetracked by, the quest for sex;
and others make about celebrating the fragile relationship we have with our bodies
expanded status options like “On PrEP” and with society’s expectations of us; the deep-
and “Undetectable”), they also need seated fear and pain that inform our decisions,
to develop policies that protect people our attractions, and our distractions; and most
from those who abuse these options to important, the friendships that act as surrogate
intimidate us. families insulating us from, and sometimes

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From left: Patrick (Groff) Dom (Murray Bartlett),
and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez)

not so much the complexities of gay life but the


complexities of being a gay man. As my colleague
and sisterfriend Nigel Smith at The Guardian
notes: “By the time the second season concluded,
which included the introduction of an HIV-positive
character, Looking had begun to find its voice as a
sexy, graceful, and deftly moving series depicting
a group of imperfect gay men slowly coming into
their own.”
It was an imperfect show that perfectly depicted
imperfect gay men, and so it only makes sense
that it was divisive. As gay men, we’re very
sensitive about how we’re represented in the
media, because for ages we’ve gotten the worst
preventing us from exploring, the outside world. raps: From Cruising to The Crying Game, gay men
It was an ambitious series if only for daring to have been either sick, suicidal, perverts, predators,
show gay men as complicated, broken, and messy:
It’s a shame or all of the above. So we’re wanting for positive
in short, as humans. Humans who sometimes have Looking never depictions. But Looking was one of the most
sex in the woods with strangers. Maybe it was got the chance positive depictions we’ve ever gotten—on TV or
too ambitious. Conveying the complexities of gay otherwise.
life is an unenviable task, but Looking was never that other, lesser, Take, for instance, the way the series seemed
meant to speak for, or even to, all gay men. And straighter shows to luxuriate in the tedium of its subjects’ lives,
just because something is gay, that doesn’t mean have gotten, but showing a patience, love, and tenderness for
that gays have to like it. I’m still not on board with the characters, even when they didn’t show it
Neil Patrick Harris or Pier 1. Or, for that matter, the gays simply for themselves. Patrick, Agustín, and Dom’s
Queer as Folk. Looking was a specific slice of life, didn’t respond friendship was real and relatable and as gloriously
but just as not all gay men are fabulous, wealthy imperfect as they were. Meanwhile, Eddie (Daniel
in the way a
Adonises endlessly partying their lives away, not Franzese) was not only one of the few HIV-positive
all gay men are sad sacks who can’t handle a show like this characters on TV but also a highlight of the second
mature relationship or, I don’t know, not waking requires, which season, as well as the catalyst for Agustín to finally
up in a gutter. start getting his shit together. Ah, bear love—so
Although Looking wasn’t perfect, it was at
is rapturously. healing.
least getting there. The first season limped along It’s a shame Looking never got the chance that
until episode 5, when Patrick and his love interest other, lesser, straighter shows have gotten, but the
Richie (Raúl Castillo) spend the day together, gays simply didn’t respond in the way a show like
evoking creator Andrew Haigh’s other great this requires, which is rapturously. For a gay show
addition to the queer canon, Weekend. That’s to succeed, it has to be a phenomenon. Imagine
when the show started to feel like it had a soul, Ryan Murphy’s Looking. Then imagine Andrew
something Girls still has not achieved despite God Haigh burning HBO to the ground in response.
knows how many seasons. The gays who loved Looking loved it a lot
Comparing it with Girls, its gay equivalent—at because it gave us validation in our own struggles
least in terms of tone and running time—Looking of being a gay man and relating to other gay men.
may have fallen short of Lena Dunham’s The gays who didn’t love it—maybe they didn’t
meditation on 20-something womanhood. But like the reflection they saw in the mirror it held
that’s not Looking’s fault, because Looking wasn’t up, which, in truth, is a very specific mirror. Had
M E L I S S A M O S E L E Y/ H B O ( LO O K I N G )

the gay Girls—or the gay Sex and the City, to which it been more fun, more fabulous, more like a
it was also compared. Those looking for Looking traditional sitcom, the show might have lasted
to fit into those very specific parameters were longer, but then it wouldn’t have been Looking. It
inevitably turned off by its dramatic and often might have been seen, but it wouldn’t have been
dark tone, because God forbid gays be anything Looking.
other than comic relief.
Where Looking did succeed was in showing Looking: The Movie premieres July 23 on HBO.

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Symposium

Reading Desire
By Bruce Benderson

THE AUTHOR OF THE ROMANIAN: STORY OF AN OBSESSION


TRACES THE LITERARY TOUCHSTONES THAT HAVE SHAPED HIS
LIFE AND CAREER.

IN THE BEGINNING was the word, or at least grade report on that book that he took it to his
it was in my case. Images came later, when I law office to boast about it to colleagues. Pale
happened upon a coterie of young gay men for Fire, the next Nabokov book I read, offered
whom the visual counted most. But for me, words complicated evocations of sophisticated
were the order of the day; as Mother has reported, European homosexuality. It wasn’t quite enough
I spoke in complete sentences before I was 2. In to ring the bell of self-awareness, because I
1950, when I turned 4, Aunt Lil the schoolteacher was still thinking about Betty’s slipping shorts
used chalk to teach me how to write the alphabet in Peyton Place. Then John Rechy’s hustler epic
on our cellar wall. That’s the reason I still hold my City of Night broke the spell of self-delusion
pencil in a fist, like an illiterate who never learned when I was 18; it sent me hitchhiking cross-
to write in school. country to experiment as a rent boy. Until that
Books were in abundance in our house. Mom, moment, reading had been about who I might
who was a librarian, had read every single title be. Suddenly it was about what I wanted to do.
in her small-town library as a child. Both she That also marked the moment when I myself
and Dad were fiercely against censorship, which became a writer, realizing I could capture the
meant I didn’t have to linger long on childhood cravings deep within and give them residence
fare and sped through Charlotte’s Web and Alice in the outside world. How wondrous to watch
in Wonderland (oh, and Little Women, I should what was only fantasy survive beyond the
admit). By 12, I was choosing books for the reason point of ejaculation. Writing became the
almost every reader does: to discover the details manufacturing machine of my tumultuous
of my identity. In the cookie-cutter world of the urges. Life became two kinds of choices I
’50s, the nature of that search quickly became needed no help making: which bodies I wanted
undeniable. I was an outsider. Clueless as I was to fuck, and which books I wanted to read.
about what kind of outsider, I began reading from By then, in 1969, William Burroughs’s Naked
impulse to impulse. Lunch had spurred my growing interest in
I remember my 13-year-old crotch hardening intoxicants. Allen Ginsburg’s hipster litany Howl
against the wall-to-wall carpet above the pages of had pointed me to the counterculture world of
Peyton Place as Betty’s “tight shorts slipped off as San Francisco. I doubt I would have become a
easily as if they had been several sizes too large.” writer if it were not for the welfare– and food-
“ ‘Is it up good and hard?’ she panted…‘Now go co-op-financed years in that city, to which I
shove it into Allison MacKenzie!’ ” That’s just what moved in 1969 after four years of smoking pot in
I wanted to do. college. With the help of the government, I had the
Self-investigation came dangerously close time to take an extended bath of decadence in The
to the truth one year later, when, as a 14-year- Picture of Dorian Gray and to imitate Swinburne’s
old, I unearthed Mom’s remaindered library S&M balladry in writing. Gay male friends I made
copy of Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 novel The Well of in those years guided me in new directions. Unlike
Loneliness—judged obscene in England because me, they had organized their desire around art
of its depiction of “unnatural practices between and design. When I met them, I’d been neck-deep
women.” Stories about the sexual other had in texts. They pointed out the gleaming world of
become the menu du jour. I devoured Nabokov’s sight above my preoccupied eyes. Never one to
banquet of wordplay in Lolita, discovering just draw or paint, I expressed this new sensibility
how incredibly far you can take the descriptions by reading and writing image-laden poetry and
of desire. Dad was so impressed by my eighth- prose. Rimbaud’s doomed project of finding

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aesthete in Against Nature and nearly memorized
his macabre hagiography of a Dutch saint and
her cinnamon-scented pustules in Saint Lydwine
of Schiedam. I don’t think I would ever have
written any long texts if I hadn’t read Huysmans.
But I learned my strategies of narrative from the
postmodern novelists of the French nouveau
roman. After Superstorm Sandy drenched New
York in 2012, I unearthed my first attempt at a
novel, a manuscript I hadn’t looked at in almost
40 years. Only then did I realize how closely it
resembles a novel by nouveau roman master Alain
Robbe-Grillet.
It wasn’t until I came to New York in 1974 that
I was finally willing to consider writing as a real
career. It took another six years to revolutionize
that pursuit. As luck would have it, Suzanne Jill
Levine, preeminent translator of the authors of the
Latin American boom, became my bosom buddy.
This led to the mentorship of one of the literary
stars she translated, Argentine novelist Manuel
Puig, author of Kiss of the Spider Woman. Through
Puig, I learned to amalgamate the urges that had
sent me on my odyssey of writing and sex and turn
them into more-universal narratives.
Puig left New York in 1979, and I slipped into
involvements with dangerous love objects in
old, hustler-ridden Times Square. I brought my
experiments with language and my interests in the
colors corresponding to the letters of the alphabet Life became two visual to those street experiences, which led to my
showed me links between writing and the eye. first published book of fiction, Pretending to Say
Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil shaped my sex life into
kinds of choices No. By that time, the great novelist, linguist, and
a frustrated search for hollowed cheeks, elongated I needed no help translator Ursule Molinaro had become my friend
limbs, and satiny skin. The sensuality of French making: which and literary mainstay. Neither of us ever read a
texts inspired me to learn that language, mostly word the other wrote, but by speaking them aloud,
on the strength of my own reading of bilingual
bodies I wanted we heard every one of them. It was only when I
editions. Later I would translate it professionally, to fuck, and read to her aloud my first novel, User, in one 13-
but for the time being my own writing began to which books I hour sitting, that my own book took shape for me.
sound like a stilted translation from that language Writing, coming out, and sex form one
and regularly contained the word voluptuous. wanted to read. intertwined path describing my life and my career.
In the process, I became immersed in J.K. To repeat a formula that has become something of
Huysmans’s poisonous portrait of a degenerating a cliché: Writing is desire.

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A

THE
WARRIORS
Three queer Olympic hopefuls
on their paths to glory
A
Angel McCoughtry
BASKETBALL PLAYER

Winning an Olympic gold medal makes you a member of one of the most exclusive
clubs on the planet. Unfortunately, membership doesn’t exclude you from the
views of your myopic peers.
Before basketball star Angel McCoughtry came out in an Instagram post in
April 2015, she had already faced censorship and discrimination. Not from her
WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, but from her teammates in the Turkish Women’s
Basketball League, where she plays in the off-season. After posting to Facebook
about her engagement to her then-girlfriend Brande Elise, McCoughtry, spurred
on by her fellow players, followed up with a public letter, announcing that the two
were merely friends. “It’s something I regret,” she says. “I said never again in my life
will I not be who I am for anyone.”
Now, on the cusp of competing in her second Olympics, McCoughtry has become
a role model. “I was always scared of what the kids would think,” she says. “Like,
Are they going to look at me differently?” But, she adds, “My fiancée has made
me more comfortable with who I am, with believing in myself, with fighting for
the LGBT community and supporting them.” Luckily, some gold medals come with
pearls of wisdom.

By Dennis Hinzmann
Photography by Raymond McCrea Jones

“I was always scared of what the kids would think.


Are they going to look at me differently?”
HAIR AND MAKEUP: AMY ELIZABETH

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Josh Dixon
GYMNAST

Just days before he will attempt again to make history at the


Olympic trials, Josh Dixon is feeling “good.” And you believe him
when he says it.
“I don’t want to get too ahead of myself or complacent,” says
Dixon, “but it’s really anyone’s game at this point.”
Dixon isn’t just anyone, though. When the young athlete
competed for a slot in the 2012 London Olympics, his story
captured hearts and minds as he looked to become not only the
first openly gay gymnast to represent the U.S. but also one of the
first gay people of color to compete on the world’s largest stage
for sports.
The 26-year-old Los Gatos, Calif., native wasn’t able to secure
a spot, but he has since begun to understand the role he serves
as Rio 2016 comes into view. He has realized that sports were a
safe haven for him growing up, and he wants young people to
know they can find a similar refuge in them.
“It’s my responsibility to put myself out there to show that
sports can be an inclusive space,” Dixon says. “And I hope any
aspiring athlete, whether at the junior level, collegiate level,
Olympic level, or professional level, isn’t discouraged from
being themselves, because it’s possible.”
As Dixon prepares for what could be his final endeavor to
enter the Games, he’s enjoying the pressure, motivated by the
recent progress made by LGBT athletes.
“Having that weight on me is definitely a privilege, and it’s
definitely not something I take for granted,” he says. “It’s just
a matter of taking it and turning it into a means of inspiration,
looking inside yourself, so you can be your best and hope to
inspire others to be their best, too.”

By Zach Stafford
Photography by Ricardo Nelson

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Jillion Potter
RUGBY PLAYER

For out Olympian rugby player Jillion Potter, competing at the highest level is about more
than just winning medals. The 30-year-old Texas-born athlete has come a long way from
the homophobia she witnessed firsthand in high school. “One of my friends got cut from the
basketball team because she was gay. And the coach made a huge display of it, saying how
disgusting it was, how we should be embarrassed for her… I thought, OK, this is not a safe space
to think those thoughts.”
Potter never had to make a big show of coming out to her family. “I was experimenting in
college, and had a girlfriend over at my house, and my parents walked in on us. I thought,
Well, I guess that’s how I’m coming out.” Her sexual orientation hasn’t been an issue for her
teammates, either. “I just think rugby globally is a very accepting sport because when you’re
starting out, everyone plays. No matter your weight, height…anyone has a place, and it really
becomes a safe place to be yourself.”
Now bringing visibility to the lesbian community on a worldwide scale, she acknowledges
the huge responsibility given to her, and she doesn’t take it lightly. “It transforms society’s views
when young boys and girls see gay athletes with their partners, and they ask their parents, ‘Oh,
that’s OK?’ It becomes commonplace, something people don’t have to be afraid of.”
Potter hopes to continue to erase this sort of fear through her role in this summer’s Olympics.
“The innocent people who died in Orlando aren’t just representative of the LGBT community—
each victim represents our rights to life, liberty, and happiness,” she says. “This culture of
intolerance jeopardizes the liberties of every person, and it’s our responsibility as a society to
change. We can do more.”

By Hilton Dresden
Photography by Bil Zelman

“I just think rugby globally is a very accepting sport


because when you’re starting out, everyone plays.”

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BY CHADWICK MOORE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY M. SHARKEY

NAUTICAL
BUT NICE
Cruising through Great
Gatsby territory with the
gay Knickerbockers and
Céline Dion.

IT’S A RAINY THANKSGIVING night in Brooklyn, and a


friend has invited me into the home of strangers for
supper. Laid out on the kitchen table is a spread of
bacon-wrapped squash, honey-baked ham, turkey,
green beans, brussels sprouts, and all the fixings. In
the living room a dozen men are seated in a circle on
sofas and folding chairs, plates neatly placed squarely
on their laps. Curiosity strikes their faces when one of
them rises to his feet.
“I think he’s choking,” says one guest, a doctor, who
looks across the room at his boyfriend, also a doctor,
who returns the look with a shrug.
The choking victim is our host, and he’s stumbled
into the middle of the circle with his face switching
patriotically from red to blue to white.
“Are you choking?” asks another guest. The men
look around the room at each other. “Is he choking?”
“Yeah, he’s definitely choking,” says another guest.
All the men here have two things in common: their
homosexuality and their deep love for sailing. They’ve
crossed land and sea, traveling from their houseboats—
anchored in New Jersey or Long Island—or their
Manhattan apartments, to be together for the holiday.
One person is missing. A great cannonball of a man,
who was carving the bird in the kitchen with one hand
and holding his lap dog with the other, has picked up
on the bother in the adjoining room. He crooks his
neck around the corner, tosses the dog and the carving
knife, and barrels through the hallway.
“Step aside! I’m a flight attendant!” he shouts. “I save
lives!”
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with a great, flat-palmed whack between the shoulder blades,
a brussels sprout launches from the host’s mouth onto the floor,
where our hero’s lap dog scuttles over and devours it.
“Happy Thanksgiving, Dingy,” says the host to the dog
through gasps and coughs, the dog still licking up the gooey spot
on the carpet.
Uncomfortable laughter and a golf clap cut the tension. The
host will live, and he takes his seat.
“Why didn’t you use the Heimlich?” asks one guest.
“No one uses the Heimlich anymore,” says the flight
attendant. “It’s outdated.” The doctors nod.
This is my unofficial introduction to a handful of the roughly
150 members of the Knickerbocker Sailing Association, a gay
sailing club serving the New York metropolitan area. Gay sailing
clubs proliferate around the globe, and there are two other Fiat with James Weichert. We make a pit stop in Queens to pick
clubs, Boston’s Yankee Cruising Club and the Open Seas Yacht up his friend Martin and his dog Luca, who only understands
Club in Annapolis, Md., on the Eastern seaboard. What makes Spanish, and then we’re bound for City Island, in the Bronx,
Knickerbocker different, members say, is the club’s openness where Weichert anchors his 35-foot-long J/25 racing boat
and egalitarian approach to membership. The club consists named Runaway.
mostly of crew, rather than being mostly or exclusively made Runaway sleeps six, though to say comfortably would be a
up of boat owners. It welcomes different types of sailors, too: stretch. But, Weichert says, “You need a crew of six to race it.”
those who go out for leisure and those who race. Its members According to Weichert, competitive sailing is experiencing
also span ages, economic backgrounds, sexual identities, and a surge in popularity, thanks mostly to advances in broadcast
race—sort of. technology.
“Let’s face it, sailing is generally pretty white,” says Steve “Sailing is less known than some of the other sports because
Kelley, a Knickerbocker member. “But we really want that to up until very recently it was impossible to get good footage of
change.” sailing, because it happens out on the water,” says Weichert.
One effort to diversify sailing in New York City involves “But now, with drones and the Internet, that’s really changing,”
a nonprofit called Hudson River Community Sailing, which Earlier in the month, New York’s Hudson River hosted a race
teaches underprivileged children how to sail, focusing on the in the prestigious America’s Cup series, which has been around
mathematics and physics of the sport. Knickerbocker’s annual since the 1850s. But, Weichert says, “that’s a billionaires’ club.”
Pride weekend regatta, in which members race J/24s up the Those who participate in America’s Cup events have their boats
Hudson, is a fundraiser for Hudson River Community Sailing. disassembled and shipped around the world to compete. “They
Last year, 50 Knickerbocker members competed on 10 boats, were probably just in Dubai,” he says. (As with most sailing
their most to date. clubs, when Knickerbocker competes, boats are provided on
It’s Memorial Day weekend, months after the choking site or rented.)
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“After a man pees,
his blood pressure
sixth out of 13 entrants. makes many people more scared and more timid and makes
drops, and some Sailing requires them shy away from boating. It made me a stronger sailor and
people become strength—particularly a better sailor,” he says. “A powerboater thinks he's in control of
for the grinders, the the weather. He’s not. A sailboater knows he’s not in control of
dizzy and fall off crew members who the weather.”
use the pulleys to hoist There’s no such excitement or competition for the
the back of the boat the sails—the ability Knickerbockers on this leisurely weekend. With Céline Dion
with their wanger to make split-second
decisions, a knowledge
cranked up on the speakers in the crisp, spring light, we take
Runaway across Long Island Sound cruising at a comfortable
hanging out.” of physics, and an six knots. With the Throgs Neck Bridge in the distance, we sail
instinct for the water, past a naval academy and then the largest potter’s field in the
the wind, and the U.S., Hart Island, where unclaimed corpses are laid to rest. At
handling of one’s boat. What might seem like a gentleman’s Manhasset Bay, an inlet on the north shore of Long Island that
pursuit often turns deadly. Weichert once had a crew member was fictionalized as East Egg and West Egg in The Great Gatsby,
get knocked overboard during a strong wind. He wasn't injured, the flotilla awaits; an enormous rainbow flag is hoisted high and
but as Weichert recalls, “The scary thing about that is in the billows in the breeze. This particular flag was donated to the
night, trying to retrieve someone in the ocean—forget about it.” group by Gilbert Baker, a former Knickerbocker member and
He says this most often happens when men are urinating the designer of the original rainbow flag.
off the back of their boat. “There is a noted thing in the sailing On shore, the cold facades of some of the nation’s most
community. After a man pees, his blood pressure drops, and expensive homes glower back at us suspiciously. I climb onto
some people become dizzy and fall off the back of the boat with Bill Helmers and Steve Kelley’s boat. The couple lives here year-
their wanger hanging out. And if they’re alone and it’s nighttime, round aboard the vessel they named the Michael Leslie, after
the boat keeps sailing away from them.” Kelley’s brother who died in a boating accident at age 19.
Weichert’s most frightening moment at sea occurred several “Here we are in the backyard of gazillionaires, and we’re like,
years ago. He was anchored in Rhode Island when a hurricane ‘Eh, who cares,’ ” says Helmers.
came through. As he pulled up the anchor, the windlass broke Knickerbocker was founded in 1994 by Braden Toan. From
and his hand went through the chain. The wind was blowing 60 an ad in the back of a sailing magazine, he learned of a gay club
or 70 miles an hour. in London, and he wrote to them for advice on forming a club
“It’s howling around you. And we can’t get the anchor up, and in New York. The 60-year-old Broadway and opera conductor
we’re going into the rocks, and the shit’s hitting the fan. And that recalls: “They sent me a couple of their newsletters. They sent

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James Weichert (left) and Martin
with Luca the dog on Runaway

me their burgie, which is their little flag; and they were just like, It takes several minutes for the sailors to assist the yacht
‘Go do it.’ ” owner in maneuvering his boat away from the flotilla; then,
While anchored in Fire Island he began knocking on doors once the yacht is a safe distance away, they take the dinghy
to see if anyone had interest in joining a gay sailing club. The back to the flotilla.
first year he found 12 members. “They were having sex,” Kelley says. “They were throwing
For many, it seems, life on the sea is hereditary. Toan grew their clothes on when we got aboard. Condoms are a huge
up sailing on the Hudson. His mother, since childhood, would problem at Liberty Landing,” he adds, referring to a marina in
sail around Lake George. His father, in adulthood, had a boat. Jersey City. “They get sucked in and clog the pump.”
“My father was a very technical sailor and was always Stinkpotter is a derogatory slang term for a powerboat.
trying to teach me about the physics and teaching me about Knickerbocker welcomes them into the club, but not everyone
navigation. And my mother was a very visceral sailor who was approves—even though the current commodore of the club,
always talking about how it felt,” Toan says. “You get people Mark Whitman, drives a powerboat.
who are very technical and others who are more visceral. And “Motorboating is not a sport,” says 43-year-old Matt Kapp,
that is very important in sailing. If you’re too much of either, a writer and filmmaker. I think they should be [allowed in
you’re unaware of what’s happening around you. Either you’re Knickerbocker] because it’s still navigating your boat, whether
unaware of what’s happening physically or you’re unaware of it sails or not. You still have to work a GPS, you still have
what’s happening emotionally.” to understand how the engines work, you’re still hosting a
Many in Knickerbocker, like Toan, live on their boats year- group of people on a little vessel that you’re responsible for.
round or at least for several months of the year. Motorboating is a skill, but sailing’s a sport.”
“It’s just like a Manhattan apartment, in terms of space,” says “The guys driving the new-y plastic-y shiny douchebag
Helmers. Perhaps a Tokyo apartment, or a Foxconn dormitory, motorboats are the ones that go right by you,” Kapp continues.
might be a more accurate comparison. But, like Manhattanites, “The guys that have the classic old trawlers or the nice
you really have to accept being crowded and on top of people powerboats, they’ll slow down when they go by, so as not to
all the time (one of the nice things about the gay sailing life). wake you. And then they wave and it’s nice.”
Each boat’s captain is responsible for the entire crew’s well- Kapp was meant to be joined by a friend this weekend, a
being and making sure everyone is fed and comfortable. fellow Knickerbocker named Robert who is in the hospital.
The sailors settle down with cocktails and finger foods, but “He got crushed by a fat lady who fell on him on an
terror on the low seas encroaches. A yacht several yards away escalator,” he explains, “and he’s in rehabilitation for another
has become unanchored and is drifting slowly and ominously month.” The Knickerbockers have been sending their warm
toward us. wishes and get-well-soons.
Helmers is the first to take notice. “I got a stinkpotter over For Toan and most members of Knickerbocker, and for the
there with no one on board that’s dragging!” he shouts. The sailing community at large, the sport aspect of sailing is only
sailors run to the bows of their crafts and begin to yell at the half the appeal.
yacht as it ceaselessly glides their way. “I will tell you what's so amazing about sailing,” says Tom.
Kelley and another sailor hop into a dinghy and speed “All my life I've taken people who have been relative strangers.
over to the yacht. They jump aboard—but not before the craft When you take someone out on a boat, you get them
lurches into a Knickerbocker boat and smashes a light. An away from shore and out on the water, and all of a sudden
attractive young woman and a much older man come running people you think you know a little bit, they suddenly wax
out. philosophical and start talking to you about what they think of
“Don’t start the engines!” yells Helmers to the yacht life, what their dreams are, or what their regrets are about life,”
occupants. “It will take our chains. You’d be surprised how Toan says. “It’s really interesting how it changes people in this
often that happens.” sort of magical way.”

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Braden Toan
SUMMER READING

The Greatest
Queer Books
Ever Written
23 LUMINARIES REFLECT ON THE
LITERATURE THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES

C
ould we be entering a new and memoirs of the avant-garde artist
golden era for queer fiction? David Wojnarowicz. There’s nothing
From Garth Greenwell’s meek about it. “The epidemic was to gay
haunting exploration of power writers what World War I was to the Lost
dynamics in What Belongs to You to the Generation: an almost unimaginable
PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Delicious crisis, but also a tremendously
Foods by James Hannaham to Saleem galvanizing force, artistically as well as
Haddad’s Guapa—one among a small politically,” says Dale Peck, editor of The
handful of books that help us understand Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction,
the gay Arab experience—there hasn’t which includes several gay writers of
been a year like this since the halcyon the era. “Of course there were other
days of the 1980s. That was when a cultural forces at play, not least the rise
generation of LGBT writers stormed of punk, whose cynicism and anomie
the shelves of mainstream book chains were superseding the optimism of ’60s
like Barnes & Noble and established a counterculture, but AIDS was the real
space for LGBT fiction. Other writers,
from Wilde to Baldwin, had written “The AIDS epidemic
about gay desire, but it was only in the
1980s and ’90s, as AIDS ravaged the
produced a general
community, that the idea of gay writing sense of urgency and
as a coherent genre was fully formed.
That was when Edmund White’s A Boy’s anger and activism experimental, and uncompromising. And
Own Story became a best seller, and that translated into then it stopped. Queer fiction fell out of
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City a fashion as publishers retrenched and
publishing phenomenon. Still in college, vital, powerful prose.” bookselling became a numbers game.
a 21-year-old Bret Easton Ellis published It’s hard to know exactly what happened,
his debut novel, Less Than Zero, in 1985. catalyst. Not all the writing was about but in Peck’s view it was the result of
That same year, Larry Kramer’s The AIDS, let alone by gay men, but the assimilation. “We’d been used to making
Normal Heart opened off-Broadway. epidemic produced a general sense of art from an outsider perspective, but that
As gays were being marginalized by urgency and anger and activism that identity was increasingly archaic,” he
the Reagan revolution, stigmatized by a translated into vital, powerful prose.” says. “By the mid-’90s we were as bougie
disease that few wanted to discuss and For those coming of age in the as everyone else. And it took a while to
fewer were rushing to cure, we were 1980 and 1990s, it was nothing short decide what kind of art we were going to
finding our greatest expression as a of miraculous that you could pick up make to reflect that new position.”
community in art and literature. Under a book such as Peck’s 1993 debut, If anything distinguishes the queer
attack, we punched back. You can feel Martin and John, that gave legitimacy fiction of 2016 over, say, that of 1986,
it in the poetry of Eileen Myles, in the to queer experience and desire in the it’s the multiplication of voices and
fiction of Dennis Cooper, in the journals AIDS era, and which could also be bold, perspectives. The past year has seen the

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Edmund White, WRITER
OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS
by Jean Genet
“Like Nietzsche, Genet believed in
the ‘transvaluation of all values,’ by
which bad is good and the ugly is
beautiful. Whereas most writers treated
homosexuality as a disease, Genet took
the stronger position in linking it with
evil and sin. He invented the drag queen
for literature with the novel’s character
Divine.”

Sarah Waters, NOVELIST


THE PERSIAN BOY by Mary Renault
“Renault was one of the great
historical novelists, able to do justice
to the strangeness of the past, even
while bringing it to life for modern
readers. The Persian Boy, I think, was her
masterpiece.”

Justin Vivian Bond,


PERFORMANCE ARTIST
EUSTACE CHISHOLM AND THE
WORKS by James Purdy
“In my opinion James Purdy is the most
underrated writer in American literature,
probably because he was gay. His
books are heart-wrenching, brutal, and
sometimes flat-out mean-spirited, but
they are also incredibly beautiful and
endlessly poetic. I’m not all that fond of
books that make me cry, but in Purdy’s
case, I don’t mind.”
publication of not one but two queer writers are doing their part to meet,”
novels by Jamaican writers—Marlon says Peck. “I don’t know if you’d say that Garth Greenwell, WRITER
James’s Man Booker Prize–winning A the same is true for all LGBT writing. MY TENDER MATADOR
Brief History of Seven Killings and Nicole There are any number of exciting and/ by Pedro Lemebel
Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun—and or successful LGBT writers putting out “It’s a crime that the Chilean writer Pedro
a posse of black wordsmiths, including work right now, including Greenwell and Lemebel, who died in January 2015, isn’t
Hannaham, Jericho Brown, Saeed Jones, [Alexander] Chee and Alison Bechdel, but more widely read outside the Spanish-
and Darryl Pinckney, are helping to fuel I don’t know if this reflects a community- language world. His only book available
a renaissance of LGBT literature. “No centered movement as much as the in English, My Tender Matador, is one
movement that counts Langston Hughes, growing presence of LGBT writing within of the greatest novels I know. It’s a kind
James Baldwin, Samuel Delany, Octavia the mainstream literary community.” of love story between an aging gay man
Butler, and Audre Lorde in its lineage can in Santiago, the Queen of the Corner,
be described as ‘new,’ but the Black Lives In collaboration with One Grand, a and a young revolutionary plotting the
Matter movement and the recognition curated bookstore conceived by Out assassination of Pinochet. Lemebel writes
that systemic racism is far from over editor Aaron Hicklin, we invited a series both from and for the neighborhoods
[have] created a real demand for black of LGBT writers and artists to nominate where he lived, weaving an intensely
voices and perspectives that LGBT their favorite LGBT books of all time. beautiful, often hilarious prose out of the

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Arab.
slang of drag queens and drug addicts. He’s an
absolute genius. Read him.”

Felice Picano, WRITER


THE COMPLETE STORIES OF TRUMAN
CAPOTE by Truman Capote
“If you’ve only ever read In Cold Blood or Other
Voices, Other Rooms or Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
you’ve missed Capote at his best: He was a
Muslim.
Gay.
master of shorter forms of fiction. Here are all
of his stories, including the early ones published
in 1940s women’s magazines, creepy wonders
like ‘Miriam’ and ‘The Headless Hawk.’ And here
too are the delicious, leisurely childhood stories
‘A Christmas Memory’ and ‘The Thanksgiving
Visitor,’ which any child and the child within any IN HIS DEBUT NOVEL, SALEEM HADDAD INVITES
of us should love. Add in the unique long story US TO EXPERIENCE LGBT LIFE IN THE ARAB
‘House of Flowers,’ with its lilting language and WORLD—IN THE SPAN OF 24 HOURS. HERE HE
Caribbean setting and fairy-tale plot, which was
TALKS TO DAVID EBERSHOFF, AUTHOR OF THE
once turned into a Broadway musical starring
Pearl Bailey. But then top it all off with ‘Mojave,’
DANISH GIRL, ABOUT REVOLUTION, SEXUALITY,
Capote’s strangest yet most mature tale: an AND HOW TO LIVE AN AUTHENTIC LIFE.
atmospheric, slowly grinding revelation of
unstoppable obsession and revenge.”

O
n June 12, in Orlando, hatred and
Scott Heim, NOVELIST terror attacked LGBT Americans
THE FOLDED LEAF by William Maxwell in unprecedented brutality. In the
“Although not usually categorized as a aftermath of the massacre of 49 queer
‘gay novel,’ Maxwell’s 1945 book about the people dancing and singing on a Saturday night,
uncommon friendship between two teenage we’ve seen fear, grief, and outrage. But we’ve also
boys named Lymie and Spud is the sweetest and seen openness and love—queer people under attack
saddest love story I’ve ever read.” refusing to hate and attack in response.
I’ve always believed you cannot hate someone
Terrence McNally, PLAYWRIGHT you understand. This is the root of empathy, and
BORROWED TIME: AN AIDS MEMOIR empathy is the root of fiction. Through lives other
by Paul Monette than our own, we can expand our sense of the
“Paul Monette’s memoir is a devastating account world. Few stories about queer lives and love make
of his encounter with a disease that would kill it out of the Middle East. But what is LGBT life in
him. It is so intimate and personal that I often the Arab world? What is the life of an ordinary gay
felt I was reading someone’s diary and was Muslim man? How does he navigate the fault line
ashamed to be committing such a gross invasion between the personal and the political? How does
of another person’s privacy. Paul Monette was he express his identity and his desires in a culture
not a careless man. He wanted us to know and shaped by Islam? Where does he go to dance and
remember what AIDS did to him. He succeeded sing and be himself? In his debut novel, Guapa,
more than he could ever have realized. Books Saleem Haddad answers those questions about one
about what it means to be human have no young man. Set in an unnamed Arab city shattered
expiration date.” from political crisis and violence, it follows Rasa for
24 hours as his personal life is falling apart.
John Cameron Mitchell, —DAVID EBERSHOFF
ACTOR-WRITER-DIRECTOR
THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY DAVID EBERSHOFF: At the center of your novel is a
by Edmund White queer bar. Why is that so important to the story and
“The Beautiful Room Is Empty taught me that to so many LGBT stories?
a one-night stand can be like a poem. White’s SALEEM HADDAD: The novel’s central question
poetic oeuvre is impressive.” revolves around how to live authentically in this
world, a fundamental dilemma for everyone in the
Andrew Solomon, WRITER LGBT community. For LGBT Arabs and Muslims,
JACOB’S ROOM by Virginia Woolf we often find ourselves at the cross sections of
“It’s hard to say which Virginia Woolf I would identities that everyone else wants to tell us are
choose, since she is, of all writers, the one who incompatible. This is particularly the case after
most clearly articulates the world as I live in and the horrible attacks in Orlando. For queer Arabs,
perceive it, and from whose books I draw the as for many others in the LGBT community, bars

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hundreds of thousands of queer Arabs—with their
own unique experiences and challenges—initially
paralyzed my writing. Ultimately, I could only write
once I absolved myself of the need to represent
anyone.

DE: Why fiction? What does the novel allow you to


do that nonfiction cannot?
SH: I wrote the book while working in the soul-
deadening world of international policymaking,
where decisions are made on the basis of logic and
rationality, and emotions are treated with suspicion.
At the time, I despaired at how we could talk about
issues of revolution and change, or sexuality and
gender, without looking at the intersection between
the political and the personal. Revolutions are
and clubs are our safe spaces. Centering my novel
around a queer bar—Guapa—was a way to show
“I had not rational events that can be addressed through
the logic of policy prescriptions. Revolutions are
the importance of these establishments—not just as always very personal and are made up of the thousands
safe spaces but as political spaces as well. And as I
wrote the book, I found the main character, Rasa,
wanted of individuals who play different parts in them.
And each individual is undergoing a very personal
grappling with this question: How can you live, as an to write transformation in the process of a revolution.
Arab, as a Muslim, as a gay man, and ultimately as a
human being, in a way that is authentic?
a novel Exploring this through fiction provided me with an
avenue to look at the Arab revolutions from a very
DE: What did you envision when you first started
set in the personal perspective.
writing the novel? Arab world
SH: I had always wanted to write a novel set in the DE: I find that fiction—if done well—can handle the
Arab world with queer characters, but for a long with queer multiplicities of experience and does not need to
time I struggled to find the right lens to capture characters, reach final conclusions. Nonfiction can do this too,
some of the issues I wanted to explore. The idea but fiction sometimes can point to a truth that can
came to me while I was at a friend’s house in but for a only be stated via imagination and metaphor.
Morocco in September 2011. At the time, the Arab long time SH: Exactly, and finding truth through metaphor
revolutions were still in the early stages and there was something I explored by using a fictional Arab
was a huge sense of optimism. I was watching the I struggled country. In many ways, while the country doesn’t
10-year commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on exist, I felt that I could draw out broader metaphors
television, and I got the idea of writing this epic
to find the that might speak to a larger “truth” about the
gay love story set over the course of 10 years—from right lens region’s current political and cultural conflicts.
2001 to 2011—that would look at the 9/11 attacks,
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and finally the
to capture DE: How is Guapa being discussed in the Arab
Arab revolutions. Those were such monumental some of world?
moments in the lives of young Arabs, so I wanted SH: Guapa hasn’t been translated into Arabic yet.
to understand their impact from a personal and the issues I I think Arab publishers are naturally nervous
C O U R T E S Y S A M I H A D DA D ( S A L E E M H A D DA D)

political level. In the end, however, the 10-year span wanted to about the novel, not just for its frank discussion
I had in mind was condensed to just 24 hours in of sexuality but also in the way it explores social
Rasa’s life. explore.” and political hypocrisy. But I’ve had some positive
coverage in some Arabic media, and the book
DE: Did you feel any burdens of representing his is being sold and read in English in a number of
identities? bookstores in the Arab world. I’ve also heard that
SH: I was very aware that whatever I was writing references to the novel have appeared in some
may be taken as a representation of “the queer Arab Grindr profiles in the Middle East. That, to me, is the
experience,” and the burden of having to represent greatest gift a novelist could ask for.

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most acute comfort. But I think I would Alison Bechdel, CARTOONIST Eileen Myles, WRITER
say that the particular sadness of Jacob’s THE PRICE OF SALT NIGHTWOOD by Djuna Barnes
Room somehow reminds me of myself by Patricia Highsmith “This is like a dark lesbian genius rolling in
when life has taken me away from myself: “This has been on my list forever, but a giant heap of damp, dead leaves. What
‘Their lack of concern for him was not it’s been getting a lot of attention lately a great, shaking, grieving party this book
the cause of his gloom, but some more because of Todd Haynes’s excellent movie is—the best.”
profound conviction—it was not that he adaptation, Carol. It was the first novel
himself was lonely, but that all people about lesbians to have a happy ending, but Amanda Palmer, MUSICIAN
are.’ ” it’s also a really unnerving and propulsive BLOOD AND GUTS IN HIGH SCHOOL
story, like all of Patricia Highsmith’s by Kathy Acker
Michael Stipe, MUSICIAN books. She originally published it under a “This book made me want to write, to
DHALGREN by Samuel R. Delany pseudonym so it didn’t wreck her career.” write more honestly than I had ever
“Where I learned—in eighth grade, I written before. No other book has done
think—that in the future you could have Zackary Drucker, PRODUCER AND quite that.”
unbridled sci-fi sex with every man and PERFORMANCE ARTIST
woman within reach, without guilt, fear, MY MOTHER: DEMONOLOGY Tim Gunn, FASHION CONSULTANT
or weirdness, and have great end-of- by Kathy Acker AND TV PERSONALITY
times adventures. Just like my dreams! “Kathy Acker was a punk-rock, MAPP AND LUCIA by E.F. Benson
Fantastically futuristic!” postmodern writer-artist, and she wrote “There are five books in this series, and
this piece after her mother died. The title I love every one of them, but if you’re
Alexander Chee, WRITER says all there is to know about her feelings starting out, then begin with Mapp and
LOVE ALONE: EIGHTEEN ELEGIES toward her mother. Acker’s writing Lucia, because it’s a vivid introduction to
FOR ROG by Paul Monette coalesces to its most epic as she reinvents, the characters who carry on in the other
“To me, this remains one of the bends, and destroys language to build a novels. A dear friend in London turned
most beautiful books of love poetry world that is a complete psychological me on to Benson’s frolicking work, and
ever written, but it is also a crucial immersion and creative experience. Her I’m forever grateful to her.”
chronicle of the worst days of the AIDS books are a gift to humanity.”
epidemic. And Monette’s love for his Michelle Tea, WRITER
lover, Rog, who died of AIDS early into Alan Hollinghurst, WRITER GUTTED by Justin Chin
the epidemic, becomes something BUDDENBROOKS by Thomas Mann “Chin was a strong presence in the
transfigured—calling it a tour de force “A simple but magnificent proof of queer literary world, and all of his
doesn’t cover the grandeur of it. Reading it genius. A first novel by a 25-year-old with works are stamped with his trademark
as a young gay man, before I’d ever fallen absolute command of his craft, uncanny style: witty, dark, clever, tender, brutal,
in love, made me hope that I could love as knowledge of his world (its past and absurd, hilarious. Gutted is my favorite,
deeply, as strongly, as greatly—and that I present), and a daring originality which a collection of elegies and anthems.
would be loved that way in return. To me, makes its last pages among the most We lost this important writer last year,
it was and is an education in how men startlingly moving I know.” too young, and the singular place he
can love each other and a reminder occupied in queer literary culture will be
of how what we have made for ourselves Penny Arcade, forever vacant. Thankfully, we have his
in the 30 years since is so important and PERFORMANCE ARTIST work.”
must be defended at all cost, even as we THE ROMANIAN by Bruce Benderson
expand our fight for equality past what we “It’s a memoir based on Benderson’s Dale Peck, WRITER
can currently imagine.” obsession with a Romanian hustler, and THE KRYPTONITE KID
it made him the first American to win by Joseph Torchia
John Waters, WRITER-DIRECTOR France’s coveted “Prix De Fleur.” There “Will someone please—please—
NARROW ROOMS by James Purdy are many pleasures in this book: sex, republish Joseph Torchia’s 1979 novel,
“A salaciously satisfying novel that’s a travel, philosophy, art history. Benderson’s The Kryptonite Kid? Gay men of my
great read, especially if you’re having a louche tale is woven through a closely generation probably remember Torchia,
sexual nervous breakdown.” observed study of Romania—politically, who died of AIDS-related complications
historically, and sociologically—and deals in 1996, as the author of As If After Sex
Carrie Brownstein, with the end of his mother’s life.” (1983), a dirty little book that shined a
ACTOR-WRITER-MUSICIAN coruscating light on gay body culture.
THE DEVIL FINDS WORK Larry Kramer, WRITER-ACTIVIST The Kryptonite Kid is a completely
by James Baldwin REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST different affair, tender and heartbreaking.
“Baldwin is one of my favorite writers and by Marcel Proust Its protagonist is a 7-year-old Catholic
cultural critics. His work always feels both “The greatest (gay) novel, translated by its boy in the 1950s who writes letters to
relevant and revelatory. This book-long great (gay) translator. I much prefer the Superman to cope with the abuses meted
essay on film and moviegoing is part original English translation by C.K. Scott out by his father and the nuns at his
memoir, part homage to cinema, and also Moncrieff to all the subsequent attempts school. The premise is exactly as earnest
an exploration of the ways corrosive ideas by others to make it into In Search of Lost as it sounds, yet that doesn’t diminish the
seep into the collective imagination.” Time.” wallop at the end.

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“Nightwood is like a dark lesbian genius rolling in a giant heap of damp, dead
leaves. What a great, shaking, grieving party this book is—the best.” —Eileen Myles

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SUMMER FICTION

Honeybear By Richard House

Richard House is the author of three novels, including 2013’s The Kills, which was long-listed for the Man Booker
Prize. His intricate, multilayered style involves writing myriad backstories for his characters that do not make it into
the final novel but provide clues for dedicated readers looking for illumination. The story here is part of Murmur
(to be published by Picador next year), which is about the start of an Anonymous-styled protest movement called
Monkey Williams. It’s still in its early days, and its members Jonny and Han are attempting to rustle up funds to
secure a series of actions they want to undertake, and at the same time discredit a fund called Bright Star. Of House’s
own current reading list, he says, “Sarah Schulman’s interviews with former ACT UP members for the ACT UP Oral
History Project is a phenomenal resource—we really need to know our history. Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand
Time is a social history of the Soviet Union during a period of collapse and change through a Studs Terkel–like
collection of voices. I’ve also been reading about the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, who broke into the
FBI offices in Media, Pa, on March 8, 1971, and stole every single one of its files. In my head these things connect—
although I’m not sure I could properly explain why. We are living in strange times, so examples of personal courage
(especially when people stand up against larger systems) and stories of mischief seem vital.”

oth Han and Jonny appreciate the security guards At breakfast Han takes note of the new arrivals. A young

B in their military miniskirts and high heels. Bodes


well, they agree. Such an arrival. The dour hall,
the squeaky carousel, and these stern women in
revolutionary green. Arrivals is lousy with tourists. They can’t
get here fast enough. Han can’t help smiling as he hands over
couple, honeymooners, he can’t place. The Boston Johnsons.
The New York Hustons. The Houston Berkes. A flutter of alarm
as they spot the Harrisons, associates of the Wildemanns,
disembark from a golf cart along with the Entercotts. Wife,
Sophie, ready for the sun. Husband, Paul, as is typical, on the
his passport. Already, he likes the country. phone. Unlike the other couples, they don’t pause to take it in
Fronted by a long lawn, the hotel cuts out a sizable section but walk directly to the desk. They’re slumming it a little. Cuba
of the Malecón. There’s a swooping driveway with moonlike isn’t St. Kitts. Sophie finds a seat and sits alone, crosses her legs,
lanterns and boxwood trim. Yellow cabs queue for portage ignores the offer of spring water, the welcoming cocktail, and
alongside pristine vintage cars. This is Spanish, as in American tilts her head back while the bags are stacked on a trolley. The
Spanish. The grand entrance, the tiled lobby, the staff in livery. spa staff wear linen Mao suits, white and blue. It’s no surprise
Heavy beams and plank ceilings, vast lamps, and armchairs in that people from the fund know each other, this being an
which Europeans sit smoking Habanos and watch, disaffected, annual jaunt. One year a cruise, Kingston to Tulum. Another, a
as the Americans arrive. It used to take a trek through Mexico week in Italy. Florence, Rome, Naples.
to get here. How disappointing it must be to fly so easily now. The Entercotts acknowledge the Dohrmans and blank the
In two days these trespassers will cruise to the Jardines del Rey. Berrymans.
A small sign in the lobby welcomes members of the Bright
C ATA L I N A M A R T I N — C H I C O / C O S M O S / R E D U X ( H AVA N A )

Star Fund. The game starts poolside. Jonny has already charmed the
As they check in, the clerk can’t help but look at Jonny and Entercotts. He brings them drinks, says he knows there is a staff
Han, from one to the other, and he insists on taking them to the for this, but they both look thirsty.
room himself. He waits a little too long, even after Jonny has “Now you”—he eyes Paul—“look like a whisky-sour man, and
passed him a couple of dollars. you, I’m thinking mojito, but not so sweet, with cane sugar and
As grand as the room is, Han and Jonny have one bed soda.” (Jonny knows about the Entercotts’ taste for sours and
between them. An air conditioner quivers and bumps like an mojitos from an interview in Metropolitan Home; Paul posed
aircraft. Han would rather sweat. Jonny checks that there is a behind their patio bar, a repurposed Indonesian hardwood
safe. No problem. They can do this. desserte.)
Hans asks which side. They’ve already shared a bed, but Sophie raises her hat with a delicate “Why, thank you,”
this announces the fact. Here they are. Havana. Grand hotel. delivered, for some reason, with a Southern slur.
Sharing a bed. He’s brought himself a bourbon and Han a Pink Fizz that has

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an umbrella and an orchard of orange and peach. Han mouths “You hear that?” Jonny turns to Han. “Only don’t use ours. You
What the fuck? as Jonny places the stemmed glass at his side. never remember.”
“I know you like them.” Jonny leans toward Sophie, “Do it backwards,” Sophie smiles as if this is crafty. “Instead
confidential. “He once drank seven of these. After two he starts of 1963, do 3691, then the month if you have to. No one will
stealing things.” guess.” For some reason, she says, the backwards thing makes
Sophie sits upright, slow, as if her back aches, and scrunches it easier to remember.
her nose. “You don’t seriously like those?” The perfect job would pass undetected. The family return
Jonny tells her it’s a punishment. “You know what he did this home and find nothing wrong, nothing missing. No immediate
morning? He forgot the code for the safe. Twice.” alarm or panic, just that settling-in all travelers return to once
“Can’t remember numbers.” Han can’t sound anything but the bags are unpacked, mail collected, pets returned, neighbors
petulant. thanked. The usual usual. This would be Jonny’s preference. No
“You set it.” one would know.
“And then I forgot.” In reality, there’s no such thing. Something always gives
“Everything’s in there. Cash. Passports. Tickets. So he can the game away. However minimal. A lasting unnameable
only drink these all day. We had to call the front desk twice.” discomfort—a sense that you’ve come into the room at
This is true. Albeit deliberate. Jonny and Han waiting, arms the wrong angle, that something isn’t right. At some deep
folded, as the same clerk came to the room. After the second unreasoned level you’ll always know.
visit, the clerk set the number himself to one-one-one-one,
told them to call him if they forget. They take a tour of Havana. Jonny, Han, and Paul, squeezed into
Paul picks up his drink and sits at the end of his wife’s the backseat of a cream Dodge Royal, Sophie half-turned in the
lounger. The two are cozy together. He rests his hand on her front seat, a little buzzed on rum. Her smile is broader than the
knee. “Sophie’s the same. Absolutely useless with figures.” boulevard.
“No! That’s unfair.” They haven’t done anything this spontaneous in years. They
“Absolutely terrible. Can’t remember phone numbers.” honestly haven’t.
“I’m just distracted.” He calls her “honey”; she calls him “bear.”
Han sympathizes. “Who remembers their own number?” Jonny has a thirst that’s killing him. He wants a long cold beer.
“Exactly! The solution is anniversary. Use it for everything.” This temperature suits him fine.
“Even at home?” To Jonny the city is municipal. Congress buildings, sports halls,
“Where else? Door code, safe. Everything else I keep in a squares for parades, parks for rallies. An outline of Che’s face
book, which I always bring with me.” scales a windowless high-rise. It’s all a little Soviet. The historic

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The bruise looks like a wine stain, but
mostly like a map. Han points out Havana,
Bay of Pigs. And there, pointing at Jonny’s
center, what they see, feels definitively postcardy. nipple, Guantánamo Bay.
Outside of this it’s post-blitz or post-earthquake, with
vacant lots, abandoned properties, decrepit buildings,
apartments carelessly divided with breeze-blocks.
Bikes on balconies, laundry, and ratty plants. A sense of rubble, Remember, these aren’t A-listers. “The man beside them,” he
of damage done. Concrete blackened with mold. says, “his wallet is in that bag. I’ll make a distraction. Get the
For Han the city presents itself in pieces, checkered entrances wallet and copy the details from the debit card. Make sure it’s
to hotels, grand facades. Motorbikes and beaten cars pridefully his debit card.”
polished. You pass an intersection and see, fleetingly, a mid- Han takes a sneaky look. There’s a soft bag beside the
street view of people at rest, at play, loosely grouped. His year man’s lounger, slightly open. He can see keys, a swipe card, a
in Cauco has been a tedious palette, impenetrable greens and paperback novel, a black wallet.
blood-colored mud. This is so bright and various it’s intense. Sophie joins them, spritely after a late session at the spa. “So
The driver names places they should visit. “Havana is safe,” he’s let you off those awful pink things?”
he tells Han. “We love every kind of people. Even Americans.” Han raises his glass to toast her. “It’s Havana. You have to
Sophie thinks this is funny. Jonny has no idea what he’s drink rum.”
talking about. As they chat, the Newly-wed Husband holds forth about the
failure of the Cuban Revolution, how the country is backward
She wants to know if they are married, Jonny and Han. “You because of the embargo, and how you really don’t want to
mentioned an anniversary. I hope you don’t mind me asking.” know about the lives of the people serving you—you pack
She’s curious. “How did you two meet?” extra toiletries, toothpaste, sanitary pads, over-the-counter
Han blinks. Jonny gives a —Sorry, what? medications, treats, and gifts, because you’ve read on Trip
Sophie is off already. “It’s not like it means anything. Not Advisor that this is what you ought to do. It’s Cuba. Bring spare
these days. God.” clothes, leave anything you don’t need and anything that can
The assumption has its uses, but the ease at which the idea be traded. These people aren’t even allowed passports. Newly-
was raised irritates Jonny. He’s never had this assumption made wed Husband emits a sourness, an undisguised can you believe
of him, not once in his life. He wants to know, what exactly does this. If he could hit a button to make everybody disappear, his
she see? What? hand would bleed from punching it.
The notion doesn’t trouble Han. Jonny and Han are always Sophie calls him “an odd one” and tells them confidentially:
together by the pool, the bar, the restaurants. Everything “at the last Bright Star event we were asked to introduce
confirms the thesis. ourselves through our spirit animal. The prize was something
Jonny, unnoticed, unattended, takes the hotel key, a swipe nice, like a private tour. The Seattle Stevens introduced
card, from Sophie’s purse. When they return to the hotel they themselves as snow foxes, but he”—she signals to the Newly-
leave the Entercotts searching pockets, certain that the card has wed Husband—“when called to the microphone said, ‘Tonight
to be somewhere. I’m an airborne virus.’ ”
Newly-wed Wife becomes quiet when she notices Jonny
Jonny and Han regroup pre-dinner at the Cabana Bar. The clerk watching her husband.
who checked them in serves them drinks, tells Han he has a Sophie stands up and scans the loungers. “I said I’d meet Paul
nice watch, holds his wrist as he looks it over. Asks if he’s had an hour ago. Haven’t seen him, have you? I hope he’s having a
a nice day. good time. You can never tell.”
They find loungers beside the honeymooners, who have set Newly-wed Wife now whispers to her husband. The man
out towels and bags to define a private area. When Jonny asks if turns about, ready to confront Jonny. Slathered in protective
they mind, the man turns his back without answering. cream, the couple appears a little orange and shiny, as if
Han holds up his drink and peers through the mess of mint, preserved.
bruised lime, all that honey-colored rum, and slurs the horizon. The man leans close and asks Jonny if he has a problem.
That pretty view, glassy, sun-sparked, is all about slaves and Jonny similarly leans in and tells him, nice and quiet, “You’re
sugar. Never forget. He can still feel the man’s imprint on his not my type.” This should be done, but Jonny wants to scratch.
wrist. “By the way, there’s something on your breath.”
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“I said breath”—and then with care, first clearing his throat, floral. Jonny resists setting the bottle further back. Sophie is the
Jonny tells the man that his breath stinks of cock. kind of person who, once dressed, hair fixed, would spray scent
The man’s head pops back. What did you say? into the air and walk through the descending mist, eyes closed.
Jonny leans closer still. “Cock. Your breath stinks of cock. Jonny kneels beside the safe. Three-six-nine-one—the door
Something awful.” loosens and opens, and there are their passports, a watch,
The response is more explosive than Jonny could have hoped. an envelope of money, a docket of papers. Beneath these he
Newly-wed Husband’s fist lands him square in the chest. Jonny, finds Sophie’s notebook, a black moleskine stuffed with notes,
knocked off balance, sends his drink over other guests and receipts, and several photographs. The photographs, images
cracks his head on the decking. printed onto plain paper, two to a page, are folded; the colors
seep toward orange, the shadows diluted. In one a younger
Back in their room, Jonny has Han check his head and then the Sophie and Paul stand at either side of a boy, a teenager in
bruise. His neck is jarred, and he can’t move his right arm high cricket whites who sits in a chair, his arms curved inward, his
enough, so Han has to unbutton his shirt. Across his chest is a body a little crooked, small, perhaps under-formed. Sophie’s
livid bruise. Han tells him it isn’t so bad, although, impressively, smile sticks hard-edged, effortful. The boy looks like her,
it looks like a map of Cuba. handsome, the same oval face and strong forehead, the same
Jonny stands in front of the mirror and says he wouldn’t fine thin nose. His mouth is open, his eyes upturned to look
know. “You got the wallet?” unfocused past his father. Unlike his parents, he shows no
Han has the details. The debit card, the credit cards, the awareness of the camera. Behind them is the edge of a garden,
American Express (and who uses those these days?). Afterward spiky cordylines, then whitewashed walls and sash windows of
he dropped the wallet and the novel into the pool. what Jonny takes to be an institution.
The bruise looks like a wine stain, but mostly like a map. Han He searches through the notebook for numbers, accounts,
points out Havana, Bay of Pigs. And there, pointing at Jonny’s addresses. Looks again at the photograph.
nipple, Guantánamo Bay. The preparations are now in place. They can use the money
from the Newly-weds’ credit cards for the flights. They know
Han sits with the Entercotts at supper. The Newly-weds’ table is the safe codes for the Entercotts and their address. In two days
empty. Complimentary wine is brought to their table, a basket they will fly to New York; by the weekend they will return to
C L E M E N T E B E R N A D / C O N T R A S TO / R E D U X ( H AVA N A )

of fruit to their room with tokens for spa treatments. Sophie Cuba and rejoin the Bright Star tour.
asks if Jonny is all right, and Han admits there’s an actual bump About a month after the Entercotts return home, things will
on the back of his head. He’s never seen a man punched before. start to go wrong. Money will go missing from their accounts,
The clerk who asked after his watch supervises service for services will be cut, bills will be unpaid. A disruption not only to
their table. their lives but to their reputation.
Jonny returns the notebook to the safe. He winces as he
Jonny takes the service stairs to the Entercotts’ floor. He stands and asks himself, Why did I do that? He looks again at
uses Sophie’s swipe card to enter the suite and once inside the photograph.
goes directly to the wardrobe and the small metal safe. Their The thing is not to think of them as people. The Entercotts.
bedclothes are disturbed. A perfume bottle sits at the very edge Not people who grieve or love or suffer.
of the dresser, and the room holds a heavy scent, sweet and The perfume, less sweet now, robs his breath.

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NATURAL BOR
N OFFENDERS
Sweetie darlings! Absolutely
Fabulous stars Jennifer
Saunders and Joanna Lumley
are back—and this time,
they’re dragging the silver
screen down with them.
BY AARON HICKLIN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM WALKER
STYLING BY GRANT WOOLHEAD

fter briefly contemplating a white wine lunch. They take excursions, to, say, find a particular
spritzer, Jennifer Saunders opts for a doorknob in New York City. They drink some more.
glass of rosé as we sit in the bucolic The rare times we see them at work simply emphasize
garden of Home House, a private club how utterly unfit they are. Edina is apt to bark inane
in west London. It is early summer commands at her hapless assistant Bubble, along the
and unseasonably warm. “I am a very lines of “More blog… I want ‘My favorite cheese’—that
ator,” Saunders says above the polite sort of thing,” while Stone’s approach to editing a fashion
hum of the city. “I am the Olympic gold-medalist of magazine is summed up in a mood board she dictates to
procrastination. People act as if there’s something wrong her assistant, Alex: “Sex, bitch, aristo, sex, punk, whore,
with that. There isn’t. You’re just holding off from making bitch, prossie, lezzie, punk, tart, slut. Oh, but Alex…Alex,
a big mistake.” with lovely shoes.”
This is music to the ears of procrastinators everywhere This is fitting. Ab Fab is a punk show. With lovely
who need reasons to defend their art. Prime exhibit shoes.
for the defense: Absolutely Fabulous, a bitingly funny Not surprisingly, gay men found much to identify
sitcom-on-steroids created by Saunders in which with in this portrait of two ridiculous women refusing
she and costar Joanna Lumley play coke-snorting, to relinquish their dance ticket. As with Lisa Kudrow’s
champagne-swilling avatars of materialism and vanity. Valerie Cherish in The Comeback, it’s the ways in which
The havoc they leave in their wake is total. Edina and Patsy trade their dignity for relevance that is
Ab Fab, as it’s affectionately known to fans, launched so painfully funny—and sometimes just painful. In the
in 1992 and ran in fits and starts for five seasons over movie, we get to see Edina experiencing a rare moment
20 years—an average of about one episode every six of lucidity. “It’s all about being loved, being high-profile,
months. Now, finally, there is a movie, and you’d be everyone respecting her again because she’s top of her
forgiven for thinking that Saunders procrastinated until it game, and it all goes hideously wrong,” says Saunders.
was almost too late to make it: June Whitfield, who plays “It’s the first time, I think ever, that she and Patsy admit
Mother, turned 90 during filming. Lumley is now 70, to knowing what she really is, which is this machine of
which only adds piquancy to her performance as Patsy consumerism, and she goes, ‘All I’ve wanted is to keep
Stone, an over-the-hill model-turned–fashion editor the body going and now here I am just fat and old and
dementedly clinging to her youth. In the movie, Stone hated.’ It’s my favorite moment.”
and Saunders’s Edina Monsoon, a preposterous PR diva,
are forced into hiding on the French Riviera after they’re THERE HAS ALWAYS been something irresistible
accused of accidentally killing supermodel Kate Moss. in watching mature women engage in pratfalls and
Like a female version of Estragon and Vladimir in slapstick. It’s why we love Lucille Ball and Phyllis Diller.
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Stone and Monsoon But Ab Fab pushed those boundaries by being both
are utterly dependent on each other, unable and physical and transgressive. Monsoon has a straitlaced
unwilling to admit defeat as the world passes them by. daughter, Saffy, who is forced to endure her mother’s
As in Godot, very little happens. They drink a lot. They humiliations and bad behavior, a sly role reversal that

Opposite: Lumley: Coat by Stella McCartney. Dress by Natasha Zinko. Tights by Wolford. Saunders: Shirt by Calvin Klein. Pants by Stella
McCartney. Pom Pom fur scarves by The Blonds.
Previous spread: Lumley: Suit by Moschino. Gloves by LaCrasia. Necklaces, pins, and bracelets available at Hirst Antiques London. Earrings
available at Kentshire Bergdorf Goodman. Saunders: Dress by Libertine. Jacket by J.JS Lee available at Dover Street Market. Hat by Moschino

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Tights by Wolford
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“I suppose we just kind of miss them. For me and
Joanna, they are alter egos in a way, and everyone keeps
wanting a bit more. So I’ve tried to keep them going
as they would keep going, rather than just go back to
where they were.”

resolutely refuses to give in to moral homilies on parental at the O2 arena for a week, and I didn’t know anyone there
responsibility. In the film, Saffy is herself now a parent of to give tickets to, so I reached out to Jennifer,” he recalls. The
a teenager, and we get to see this dysfunctional mother- two met backstage after the show, and Saunders casually
daughter dynamic play out in a new generation. There is no mentioned she might be writing an Ab Fab movie and that
salvation. The cycle continues. Colfer should be in it. “It really could have been my Make-
“What makes our dynamic work is that we’re not A-Wish,” he says. “It was kind of trippy to be in a scene with
introspective characters, and we thrive off our dysfunction,” the characters I’d loved for so long.” (For her part, Saunders
says Julia Sawalha, who plays Saffy. “If you look at families, says, “He was absolutely wonderful in his role, as he had no
they very rarely improve themselves. You always revert back to hairdressing skills whatsoever.”)
the role you had when you were 15 or 16.” Colfer is among the few who have seen the 2009 pilot of
For years Saunders has fretted that a film would destroy the an aborted adaptation of Ab Fab for Fox, one of two attempts
magic of the series. So what changed? “There’s a point where to make a U.S. version—the first, by Roseanne Barr for CBS,
you go, ‘Fuck it, let’s just do it,’ ” she says. “I suppose we just was to have featured Carrie Fisher, but it was apparently
kind of miss them. For me and Joanna, they are alter egos in a abandoned when it became clear that a PG version would not
way, and everyone keeps wanting a bit more. So I’ve tried to cut it. “There’s always been so much talk about why an Ab Fab
keep them going as they would keep going, rather than just reboot couldn’t work in the States, and I don’t think Jennifer
go back to where they were. Even Joanna and I get tired of or Joanna get enough credit in those conversations, because
drinking and smoking.” She pauses, before adding, “Of course, it’s Jennifer’s writing, and her and Joanna’s performance, that
they still do that.” make it what it is,” says Colfer. “They are truly the missing
In some ways Ab Fab seems more of its time than ever, elements for an adaptation.”
given the world of reality TV, Instagram, and Snapchat, which In some ways, though, Ab Fab has been remade—as Broad
have turned so much of daily life into a kind of performance City, which, intentionally or otherwise, channels the antic
art. “For Edina it’s all about aging and the modern world,” says lunacy of Saunders’s creation, albeit with a millennial spin. To
Saunders. “It’s harder to get old now and still pretend you’re watch Broad City’s celebrated and brilliant “Hashtag FOMO”
young because of social media and stuff. Edina does take episode, in which Abbi and Ilana hop from party to party in an
selfies in the film, but they’re always shit. Luckily she never ever-more-desperate effort to be in the right place at the right
has her glasses on—it’s just a tiring, tiring thing.” time, is to see the ways in which the show expands on Ab Fab’s
The last time Ab Fab was on our screens, for a 2012 ability to parody the zeitgeist. Colfer notes that both shows are
anniversary special, Saffy had just come out of prison for built around the ‘yes, and…’ school of improvisation, in which
falsifying documents for asylum seekers. “There’s a new each of the two central participants accepts the reality the
disease called ‘The Kardashians,’ ” Eddie told her, bringing other has created and adds to it. It helps, too, that in both cases
her up to speed on what she’d missed during her time behind the women involved do not allow ego or self-consciousness to
bars. Rumors that Kim Kardashian would have a cameo in hinder them. In her autobiography, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs,
the movie got short shrift from Saunders. “I don’t want any Saunders succinctly sums up comedy’s appeal. “For me, [it] is
crass people like her in it,” she told reporters in May. But room about being allowed to be a child, to make things up and be
has been made for plenty of other guest stars, including Kate silly. To play pretend and not be embarrassed in front of the
Moss, Joan Collins, Jon Hamm, and Dame Edna Everage. And person that you’re playing pretend with.”
Glee’s Chris Colfer gets to play the part of a lifetime as Edina’s The person Saunders chose to play pretend with first
hairdresser/social media consultant, Christopher. was Dawn French. The two met at a teachers college in the
Colfer has been a fan of Ab Fab since the age of 6, and late 1970s and quickly found a knockabout formula that
despite not knowing her, he randomly invited Saunders to showcased their endless capacity for physical comedy, with
attend a Glee concert in London in 2010. “We were playing them graduating from an act called the Menopause Sisters to

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“When people imitate
Patsy, they go for the
degraded Patsy, but most
of the time she is beautifully
turned out—the hair is up,
the earrings are in. Just
occasionally she turns into
Eurotrash.”

the Menopazzi Sisters, a pastiche of an old Italian circus act that


involved much bowing. That led, eventually, to a gig at London’s
then-nascent Comic Strip Club, where they joined a generation
of young anarchic stand-ups. It was the beginning of what was
known as alternative comedy, a genre that consciously did not
trade in sexism or xenophobia.
For Saunders, the cement of everything she and French
did together was their friendship, a critical part of what made
them so enjoyable to watch as they began their ascent as one
of Britain’s great comedy duos, honing their skills in a long-
running BBC show, French & Saunders, in which they manically
lampooned pop culture, re-creating everything from The
Shopping Channel to The Matrix to Madonna.
“French & Saunders was literally being let loose in the
dressing-up box and coming up with whatever we wanted,”
recalls Saunders. “We did a lot of gay divas.”
Ab Fab has its roots in a 1990 sketch that Saunders created
with French. The segment lasted around eight minutes and
featured Saunders as a hyperventilating and obstreperous
mother trying to persuade her studious daughter (French) on
the merits of marijuana, Botox, and Andy Warhol’s diaries. It
was a few years later, when French & Saunders was on hiatus,
that Saunders thought of turning the sketch into the basis of a
sitcom, writing the pilot in a lined notebook—the only time she
ever wrote a complete script on time, she says. “At the beginning
it was all about Saffy and Edina, because when I first wrote it,
Patsy was a sort of add-on character who supported Edina in
her awfulness,” she says. “But actually I just love working in a
double act.”
Saunders had seen Lumley playing herself as an alcoholic
has-been on another comedy show helmed by her friend (and
later Ab Fab script editor) Ruby Wax, and she invited her to

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“I think they’re happy being who they are with each
other, and it doesn’t rely on a safe heterosexual
relationship at the center of it. There was one
moment when Edina nearly got a boyfriend, but just
as she’s about to get a shag, she looks over and
sees Patsy under the sofa.”

read for the role. It turned out to be a masterstroke. Lumley’s nothing you can’t do, really.” This, finally, might be the secret of
brilliant comic instincts were a surprise to viewers familiar the show’s success: self-deprecation. It’s both a British quality
with her 1970s and early-’80s roles in TV series such as The and a particularly female instinct. Talk to the cast of the show,

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New Avengers and Sapphire and Steel, both of which could and the overwhelming impression you come away with is their
be described as British prototypes for The X-Files, only with collective humility and warmth. “I’ve always loved the fact that
poorer production values. “She is astounding,” says Saunders. there’s no ego in the group, never that kind of thing of, ‘That’s
“Even in the film she pulls expressions that I never saw at the going to upstage me if you do that,’ ” says Sawalha. “We’re all
time. It wasn’t that she didn’t do comedy; it was that no one generous actors and good listeners.”
expected her to because she has this otherworld loveliness, For both Lumley and Saunders, the show works in large
this poise. I always notice that when people imitate Patsy, they part because women are front and center. “It hasn’t got any of
go for the degraded Patsy, but actually most of the time she is that man-woman love,” says Lumley. “It’s got a different love,
beautifully turned out, beautifully dressed. Edina is a mess, but which I think people recognize, and is the oldest and in some
Patsy is always immaculate—the hair is up, the earrings are in. ways truest love of all—the love of friends.” Men are peripheral
Just occasionally she turns into Eurotrash.” at best. “I think they’re happy being who they are with each
other, and it doesn’t rely on a safe heterosexual relationship at
ENTER LUMLEY. It is another sunny day in London, and the center of it,” says Saunders. “There was one moment when
she has wandered in from her garden. Largely regarded Edina nearly got a boyfriend, but just as she’s about to get a
as something of a national treasure, she fought a tireless shag, she looks over and sees Patsy under the sofa.”
campaign to secure for Gurkha veterans (Nepalese soldiers For Lumley, who played the male Shakespeare leads at
who had served in the British army) the right to settle in school because of her height, one of the joys of playing Patsy is
the U.K., and she has lately been in the news again for her utter indifference to gender, including, it seems, her own.
spearheading a new garden bridge across the Thames. She is, “Although she is a woman, she did take hormones and then
in other words, a born do-gooder, a far cry from the character went down to Morocco, had something stitched on, and after
she plays. Her early modeling career and life as a New Avenger, about a year it withered away and fell off,” Lumley recalls. “She
compounded by her colonial upbringing, have long solidified stopped taking hormones and turned back into a woman.”
her in the public imagination as what Brits might call “posh Lumley is referring to a bonkers episode from 1994 in which
totty,” a perception she simultaneously magnifies and trashes Patsy and Edina are robbed in Morocco and sell Saffy to white
in Ab Fab. “It’s very liberating to be able to act and speak as slavers. Would a plot like that fly today? Maybe not. Saunders,
grotesquely as Patsy does,” Lumley says. “She’s so uncaring who counts Joan Rivers and Richard Pryor among her heroes,
about everything, so furious and so demanding and so funny. I worries that contemporary comedy is undergoing a failure of
think what attracts both of us to these characters, and why we nerve. “In the beginning you were allowed to offend people
love them so, is that they’re so ridiculous.” much more,” she says. “Now people are up in arms if you say
It’s impossible to imagine Ab Fab with anyone but Lumley the wrong thing by mistake even if you are trying to be on their
playing Patsy. For starters, no one can fall quite like her. (For side. Suddenly everyone has become an army of haters. Is it
evidence, search YouTube for the scene in which a drunken the power of Twitter? Let’s loosen up, otherwise it’s all going
Patsy tips over into a grave.) But it is also her comedic timing, to be so black-and-white. The truth is that people shouldn’t
the way she can turn a laugh into a snarl, and her skill for be offended by Patsy and Edina, because they represent
deadpan delivery. “I was a clown at home, a clown at school,” people who are offensive. These aren’t role models—they are
she says. “I’ve never laughed at other people—it’s not in my not saying what I think. They’re just who they are—great big
nature—but when the object of derision is yourself, there’s mouths. They are natural offenders. That’s their job.”

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3. 10 seconds of full output followed
by 5 seconds of rest, 10 times x 3 sets “Equally important is flexibility across the
board. A longer muscle is a swifter one, and for
“Core training spans all variations of gymnas- gymnastics, it’s not only about what you do but
DIXON: “Workouts include gymnastics from tics-type movement: V-ups, arch-ups, physio- how you do it. Creating beautiful lines from top
9 A.M. to 12 P.M., then cardio from 1:30 to 2 P.M., ball work, weighted vests. Eccentric movement to bottom—shoulder flexibility, back, hip and
then gymnastics again from 3:30 to 6:30 P.M. is just as critical to contractual movement— leg, toe point, etc.—all help create the beautiful
it’s basically the ‘coming down’ or lengthening movement of the sport. Having the skills
“Gymnastics practices begin with a general from movement. A lot of our sport is very dy- and strength is great, but it’s nothing without
stretch/warm-up to get the blood moving. Light namic movement, so the motions are the aesthetic of making it look easy.”

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An Olympic basketball player needs to possess explosive Tough rugger Jillion Potter needs
strength, speed, and agility. Angel McCoughtry’s training explosive strength and power on the
includes lots of practice. pitch, and training intensity is the key.

“I get up every day around Potter trains using a Tabata technique,


7 A.M. I work out early, from which is a high-intensity interval
9 A.M. to noon, to get it out training (HIIT) workout, featuring
of the way early. I start with exercises that last four minutes.
stretching and then practice She says, “I do 20 seconds of work
for about two hours—it’s followed by 10 seconds of rest, times
medium-intensity cardio. eight rounds per exercise: push-ups,
Then I lift weights. But there’s squats, ab exercises, lunges, etc.
no strict diet. I have a big You can also run intervals using this
sweet tooth. But because time frame outside or on a treadmill,
I work so hard in the weight increasing your speed during the
room, it comes right off.” 20 seconds and resting for 10.”

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This month, our artist-in-


residence, Hilton Dresden, whips
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revolutionary LGBT icons who
made their marks but never got
the spotlight they deserved in their
lifetimes. Call it a spirited act of
revisionism.

James Baldwin
The author of Giovanni’s
Room was a brilliant gay writer
and one of the most influential
figures in black and queer
literature. His novels, plays, and
poetry explored the intricate
intersections of racial and
sexual identities.

Sylvia Rivera
A central figure in the creation of both the Gay
Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance, the
transgender advocate stood at the forefront of the
Stonewall riots.

José Sarria
Before Harvey Milk, there was José Sarria. A
Latin-American drag performer, Sarria was also a
contender to be the first openly gay person to run
for political office when he campaigned for the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961 (but lost).

Marsha P. Johnson
Like Rivera, the queer activist was a major player
in the Stonewall riots, and integral to the gay rights
movement of the 1970s and ’80s.

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