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  • “Last Tango in Paris.” (1973) The final devastating moments when age and need, once revealed, are too much for the female protagonist, despite Paul’s (Brando) insistence, all along, that names, truth, narrative are not valid, or particularly revelatory. Paul insists […]

    Tango

    “Last Tango in Paris.” (1973) The final devastating moments when age and need, once revealed, are too much for the female protagonist, despite Paul’s (Brando) insistence, all along, that names, truth, narrative are not valid, or particularly revelatory. Paul insists […]

  • The Ladies. Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. 1974. Photograph by Jill Krementz. No words. What they have given us: stories no one else wrote before they wrote them and then, having done that, they wrote some more. What one never […]

    The Ladies

    The Ladies. Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. 1974. Photograph by Jill Krementz. No words. What they have given us: stories no one else wrote before they wrote them and then, having done that, they wrote some more. What one never […]

  • Lord Alfred Douglas. “Bosie.” Seen here in middle age. Oscar Wilde’s friend, the ruin of so much and the hope of so much. He has visited my apartment over the years and I have learned to recognize him and ask […]

    Bosie

    Lord Alfred Douglas. “Bosie.” Seen here in middle age. Oscar Wilde’s friend, the ruin of so much and the hope of so much. He has visited my apartment over the years and I have learned to recognize him and ask […]

  • Orson Welles as “Othello” in his 1952 film adaptation of the great work. Before this summer I had avoided seeing the film for a number of reasons, largely because of my at times uneasiness with the play–I have yet to […]

    Othello

    Orson Welles as “Othello” in his 1952 film adaptation of the great work. Before this summer I had avoided seeing the film for a number of reasons, largely because of my at times uneasiness with the play–I have yet to […]

  • These photographs were taken during the final awful scene in “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” when the heroine dies by the hand of a closeted gay man. Hopped up on poppers and self-loathing, he first strangles and then stabs the young […]

    Diane Keaton in “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”

    These photographs were taken during the final awful scene in “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” when the heroine dies by the hand of a closeted gay man. Hopped up on poppers and self-loathing, he first strangles and then stabs the young […]

  • I cannot control my tears when one of the witnesses–an older man–says he will not be a “purveyor of gossip, no sir.” His inner integrity is so moving to me–and reminds me so of my uncle Edgar, whom I adored–that […]

    Reds (1981)

    I cannot control my tears when one of the witnesses–an older man–says he will not be a “purveyor of gossip, no sir.” His inner integrity is so moving to me–and reminds me so of my uncle Edgar, whom I adored–that […]

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  • The Ladies. Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. 1974. Photograph by Jill Krementz. No words. What they have given us: stories no one else wrote before they wrote them and then, having done that, they wrote some more. What one never […]

    The Ladies

    The Ladies. Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. 1974. Photograph by Jill Krementz. No words. What they have given us: stories no one else wrote before they wrote them and then, having done that, they wrote some more. What one never […]

  • These photographs were taken during the final awful scene in “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” when the heroine dies by the hand of a closeted gay man. Hopped up on poppers and self-loathing, he first strangles and then stabs the young […]

    Diane Keaton in “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”

    These photographs were taken during the final awful scene in “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” when the heroine dies by the hand of a closeted gay man. Hopped up on poppers and self-loathing, he first strangles and then stabs the young […]

  • We didn’t know the late Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), who died this week at the age of seventy-nine, as a famous poet who initiated the powerful Black Arts Movement in 1965, or as the man whose groundbreaking plays, ranging […]

    Amiri Baraka’s First Family

    We didn’t know the late Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), who died this week at the age of seventy-nine, as a famous poet who initiated the powerful Black Arts Movement in 1965, or as the man whose groundbreaking plays, ranging […]

  • When it comes to technique, actors know what you might call one another’s family secrets. They know what goes into creating a sustained stage illusion, and how to make a scene partner give and then give some more. They know […]

    Stars

    When it comes to technique, actors know what you might call one another’s family secrets. They know what goes into creating a sustained stage illusion, and how to make a scene partner give and then give some more. They know […]

  • Over the past twenty-five years or so, ever since her spectacular New York début at the Drawing Center, in 1994, the now forty-four-year-old artist Kara Walker’s visual production—sculptures, cutouts, drawings, films—has been diaristic in tone. But the diary Walker keeps […]

    The Sugar Sphinx

    Over the past twenty-five years or so, ever since her spectacular New York début at the Drawing Center, in 1994, the now forty-four-year-old artist Kara Walker’s visual production—sculptures, cutouts, drawings, films—has been diaristic in tone. But the diary Walker keeps […]

  • A writer’s byline follows her even as she becomes a different self and develops into a different kind of writer. I do not valorize the dead; our best work—as people and artists—happens in those moments when we can best serve […]

    Talking Back to Maya Angelou

    A writer’s byline follows her even as she becomes a different self and develops into a different kind of writer. I do not valorize the dead; our best work—as people and artists—happens in those moments when we can best serve […]