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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "How Should Ex-Communists Cooperate?"
Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "How Should Ex-Communists Cooperate?"
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediated by Roy Cohn, June 23, 2012

What do you want me to say, the most evil man ever to blow coke at Studio 54, trying to be a voice of honest moderation and discussion.
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The Amateur
The Amateur
by Edward Klein
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You would think people knew better..., June 22, 2012
This review is from: The Amateur (Hardcover)
40+ years after Martin Luther King was murdered, this white supremacist idiot fans the flames of racism. Shame on you, Mr. Klein, you are a disgrace.
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Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
by John Boswell
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a bizarre little book, June 7, 2012
This book, with it's extra-long title and uber-footnotes (half of which are written in un-translated dead tongues), is perhaps the most unique artifact of first wave American gay rights scholarship.

It works as an artifact of a different time and place, but as a scholarly work, you only kid yourself.

How do you treat this book? As a scholarly work, it obviously is a biased and agenda-driven manifesto to derive a theology of gay male married life, specifically in a Roman Catholic artifice. But, as a someone raised in a Catholic Church theological context who is LGBTQQ, it is nice to be able to read such a manifesto which seemingly encapsulates what Catholic gay men yearn for, acceptance of gay marriage as a Sacrament.

I say 'manifesto' not derisively, but with the same reverence I accord Marx or Aquinas. DAS KAPITAL and SUMMA THEOLOGICA also rank in this category.

In the thirty-plus years since publication, this work, integrated with the author's other work which outlines a gay marriage ceremony, Boswell has become the default reference point of the Welcoming Church movement. This in and of itself represents the evolution of the gay rights movement into the religious sphere.

However, as an atheist, I find myself recognizing Boswell more than anything else in this work. He (I'd say bizarrely) converted to Catholicism AFTER coming out of the closet (like, huh?) and then devoted his energies to trying to put the square peg of Christendom into the round hole of modern gay rights theories. It's not that I'm offended by this book as much as I just can't sell my intellect out like this to force Leviticus and Paul's Epistles off the record.

Boswell is writing as a linguist, not as someone who is versed in using the proper grammar of gender and sexuality. His introduction is disastrously out of step with modern parlance regarding LGBTQQ and gender theory. He writes as a typical gender-preferential author, dealing with his gay male sexuality rather than anything having to do with lesbian and feminist issues. This itself is a massive gap.

Overall, it's a bizarre, flawed MASSIVE book that makes gay Christians feel good, but I just can't buy it myself. I prefer to think of it as some sort of post-modern novel, akin to Thomas Pynchon.

Searching for John Ford: A Life
Searching for John Ford: A Life
by Joseph McBride
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, could use some revision, May 28, 2009
This book was an amazing summer read for me, after having finished a college course on the master and his Western films. My only complaint is some bad sentences here and there. Oh well, if you want to know the workings of the greatest master of cinema, trust this, McBride is the expert.

Chris & Don: A Love Story
Chris & Don: A Love Story

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable heirloom of a forgotten time, May 28, 2009
Through the story of Chris and Don, we witness the evolution of a gay consciousness from the innuendos of 1930's Berlin to the out of the closet and proud way of life. Don't be misled by the earlier reviews, its quite obvious in the film that the two never engaged in anything until Don was of the current age of consent (remember, homosexuality itself was illegal, so the issue of consent was out of the question). I think this is the perfect response to anyone who would say gays don't love each other, these two did.

Children Of Dune (Brian Tyler)
Children Of Dune (Brian Tyler)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will sound absurd..., June 25, 2007
What is the epic but a tale of the deeds of men, their great pinnacles and lowest moments, so we may better understand our own humanity? Beowulf, Arthur, Homer's work, all were lessons in humanity that taught honor and justice. In that sense, "The Children of Dune" is very much in line with these works. While Herbert's original work focused on a very particular aspect of the mythic hero, it's birth, revelation, and coming of age, his second and third works focused on the fallibility of belief in a hero, combined with the confrontation of mortality. This is the fall of the superhero Herbert talked about when he discussed his work as being about the reality of bearing such adulation and holding such power, holding a complete view of power and it's corruptive properties much like Tolkien. It is a story of power that is deeply real to our world today. It is not hard to be reminded of our own conflicts and the state of relations in general when Herbert uses "jihad" and holy wars regarding battling cultures and waging war with each other over natural rights and resources and carries attitudes of elitism against fervor. And the book was written forty years ago.

Such we come to this soundtrack, which carries elements reminiscent of classical and Eastern tones combined to create a score which holds true to the epic nature while utilizing the humanity of the saga of The Mua'Dib and his children, and how prophecy confronts humanity. The score is truly powerful, and is used still as a temp track for films greater than this very good television series ever strove for. This score is a wonderful epic, as powerful as Shore's "Rings" themes.

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