How Alan Hollinghurst Helped Make ‘Gay Literature’ Mainstream

How Alan Hollinghurst Helped Make ‘Gay Literature’ Mainstream The unquestioned greatest bard of gay life has for decades been writing some of the finest fiction of our time, good enough in fact to make us forget labels

The Brit Grifters and the Designated American Suckers

The Brit Grifters and the Designated American Suckers When Britain sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us

Why Did Gore Vidal and William Buckley Hate Each Other? The word “pundit” has its origins in an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge owner.” Today used to describe the denizens of cable news, who shout over one another no matter what the topic, it denotes not so much studiously acquired expertise than know-it-all smarminess. Think Bill O’Reilly on the right or Keith Olbermann on the...

U.S. Never Asked Alan Gross About His Imprisonment in Cuba

U.S. Never Asked Alan Gross About His Imprisonment in Cuba Alan Gross was locked up by the Castro regime for half a decade. When he got out, no one in the U.S. government bothered to debrief him about his time in captivity.

Former Congressman Bob Wexler’s Shameful Dictator Shilling

Former Congressman Bob Wexler’s Shameful Dictator Shilling Former Florida Rep. Bob Wexler was a major critic of our 2000 election. And now he says the election in Kazakhstan—a dictatorship—was open and fair?

Je Suis Pamela Geller? Since Pamela Geller likes to fashion herself a heroine of the Jewish people, let me use a Yiddish word to describe her: shanda. Shanda means “shame,” and it’s usually used to describe a person or behavior that shames or embarrasses the Jewish community. It is hard to think of an American Jewish public figure of...

Ted Cruz's Gay Hosts Shouldn't Apologize I don’t like Ted Cruz. I disagree with him on a variety of issues, not the least of which is his opposition to marriage equality for gay couples. My dislike is predicated upon more than ideological concerns but temperamental ones as well. Cruz is a show-boater, not unusual in Washington, but he takes vanity to...

Hey, Gays: Leave Aaron Schock Alone Soon-to-be ex-Congressman Aaron Schock has much to dread about a potential criminal probe into his lavish spending. But for now he’s having to deal with an equally, if not more fearsome foe: the bitchy gay community. Ever since he stepped onto the national scene as a 27-year-old congressman from Peoria, Illinois, Schock has been trailed...