Judith Traherne, having a bad day.
Dark Victory, 1939
Sometimes it can be very frustrating (frustrating being a relative term, of course, this is not a real problem in the same way that “a raven has stolen my dinner” or “I have hepatitis” is a problem) if one wishes to engage in gay gossip, because there is also the possibility that you will be heterosexually stonewalled. How can you tell if you are being heterosexually stonewalled? Listen carefully for any variations of the following sentences:
“She just liked to wear pants.”
“You think everybody‘s gay.”
“No, they weren’t.”
“You can’t prove that.”
“I’ve never heard that.”
“They were just friends! Men did stuff like that back then!”
And the unassailable “Oh, come on.”
You will almost never hear these phrases about straight rumors — no one dismisses the Hepburn/Tracy myth with “Oh, you think everybody‘s waiting for their alcoholic Catholic lover to finally divorce his long-suffering wife.” It’s giving me a serious case of the Prove It On Me Blues.
"Where were you? At the store?"
"No," she answered with that separating tone of superiority that I hadn’t yet learned to identify with conformity. "I went to the city clinic. Just a regular checkup."
It was already the next afternoon before I stopped dead on the cobblestoned corner of Thirty-second and First Avenue to realize that the girl had gone for a blood test to get a marriage license. And, more importantly, that she thought this fact made her better than me, instead of worse. Stunned, I looked around for some respite and stared, longingly, through the thick beveled glass on the front door of the nearest saloon.
[from Shimmer by Sarah Schulman (1998)]
Friends eat watermelon outside a beach cottage on a summer afternoon on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, 1955.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic
I remember a friend of mine saw Rocky IV three times in this theater. Back then it was one large screen, so they only had one or two movies in town at a time. Teenagers would go see the same movie over and over, if there was nothing else to do.
Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give iconic, Oscar winning performances in Bob Fosse’s brilliant CABARET (1972). The plot deals with a tragic affair between a would-be novelist and a cabaret chanteuse, set against the decadence of pre-Nazi Berlin in the early 1930’s. Based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood, shot on location in Berlin and adapted from the Tony winning Kander and Ebb musical, it also stars Michael York, Marissa Berenson and Helmut Griem. Filled with eye popping musical numbers, brilliant performances and Fosse’s subtle direction, CABARET is an unsurpassed musical achievement not to be missed!
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One of Justin Cook’s photos of Durham, NC. Angier and Driver.
From the collection of his photos posted on Slate last week.