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July 18, 2018 | Rome, Italy
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  • We exist!

    That's Queer columnist Mark Campbell worries Italy's rightward turn — along with Catholic Church resistance — will make LGBTI+ rights even more elusive.

The Tale

Child sexual abuse is a deeply unsettling subject. It’s difficult to write about and a nearly [...]

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The Tale

July 15th, 2018|

Child sexual abuse is a deeply unsettling subject. It’s difficult to write about and a nearly [...]

When violence trumps politics

July 15th, 2018|

Director Gerard McMurray's "The First Purge” is a prequel in a franchise constructed on a rather [...]

Un paio di scarpe

July 13th, 2018|

Among the remaining artifacts at my father’s house in Iowa was my Italian running trophy. It [...]

Mamma memories

July 10th, 2018|

Whoever used to be in Italian restaurants and kitchens, I wish she (or, okay, he) were [...]

Bodies and Bodywork

July 9th, 2018|

Date: December 24, 1994. Place: Indian Springs Spa, Calistoga, California, two hours north of San Francisco. [...]

Unintended consequences

July 9th, 2018|

The Trump administration's stumbling policy rollouts are showing the public just how complicated governing is and [...]

Failures to communicate

July 9th, 2018|

Somewhere in the boxes I never unpacked when I moved to Oakland 19 years ago there [...]

Barry Lyndon

July 9th, 2018|

There has never been widespread debate over which of Stanley Kubrick’s films was his greatest comedy. [...]

Welcome to the jungle

July 3rd, 2018|

Ever dreamt of taking a summer to explore the undiscovered and authentic corners of southern Tuscany? [...]

A special sundae school

July 1st, 2018|

Butterscotch has a political side. You just need to listen for it. I had no choice. [...]

Flying by numbers

July 1st, 2018|

My recent visit to Europe took a total of three airplanes. First came the flight from [...]

Is Less the new more?

June 30th, 2018|

In San Francisco, "mid-level novelist" Arthur Less nears his landmark 50th birthday. Simultaneously, his young lover [...]

A jester’s glossary

June 28th, 2018|

Everyone knows that learning a foreign language exposes you to another culture. New words open doors [...]