Thinking About Hal

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a movie on Netflix that was “trending”.  The film, Mank,  was about Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of the movie Citizen Kane.  The movie went into great detail about the writing of the screenplay, and it depicted the studio heads, actors and politics of the time.  I enjoyed the film, but all  I…

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"The Stonewall Reader" by the New York Public Library

Quick Book Review: “The Stonewall Reader” by the New York Public Library

Two years ago, the New York Public Library put together this anthology of articles from their archives to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.  The book is broken into three sections: before Stonewall, the Stonewall uprising, and post-Stonewall.  The articles consist of all types of writing, from historical accounts to personal diaries to poems and short stories.  I…

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"When Brooklyn Was Queer" by Hugh Ryan

Quick Book Review: “When Brooklyn Was Queer” by Hugh Ryan

This was a really interesting book about the history of gay Brooklyn, impeccably researched and filled with fascinating stories about the borough’s queer and trans denizens.  It starts in 1855 with the publication of Brooklyn resident Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and ends just before Stonewall.  Brooklyn was a prominent port, and the waterfront attracted quite the crowed, particularly sailors,…

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