Category Archives: gender

“If you don’t push against the mirror, how do you know you’re standing in front of it?”

The quote above is from my interview with Martin Pousson, whose PEN award-winning novel Black Sheep Boy, also an L.A. Times Pick of the Week, inspired Susan Larson (NPR The Reading Life) to say: “An unforgettable novel-in-stories about growing up gay in French Acadiana, so vivid and almost … Continue reading

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Little boys boxing? The Way We Were

Life magazine cover, May 16, 1949 As part of my birthday tradition, each March I leaf through a bound library volume of April to June 1949 Life magazines that I found at a used bookstore.  I was a year old when … Continue reading

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Richard Russo, Nobody’s Fool: Who wouldn’t be satisfied with such a woman? Well, most men wouldn’t be, because most men are never satisfied.

I paraphrased: the actual quote is, “Who but Carl Roebuck, the little twerp, wouldn’t be satisfied with such a woman, Sully wondered as he limped up the driveway of the Roebuck house. Well, most men wouldn’t be, he had to … Continue reading

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‘A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.’ Terry Pratchett

I ran across the quotation above, from The Fifth Elephant, in a post of 10 Terry Pratchett quotes on the site Interesting Literature. The newlyweds kissing were featured on Micharaven. Whatever problems gay couples have faced historically, I’ve come to suspect that … Continue reading

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