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Don’t You Play Me Le Jazz, Nat, Baby

BY ED SIKOV | You couldn’t pay me enough to sit through “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” a new documentary about the anti-gay jazz critic and First Amendment twister Nat Hentoff. Two articles in the New York Times provided more than enough nausea to suffice; the film itself, which recently debuted in New […]

Good Men Are Easier to Find

BY ED SIKOV | When Flannery O’Connor wrote her sublimely perverse short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” in the mid-1950s, she was correct: decent men were scarce. Her story ends with a man plugging an old woman full of lead and remarking, “She would of been a good woman, if it had […]

Time Heals

BY ED SIKOV | Time magazine sure made a monkey out of me. The very day I asserted in this Media Circus column that the mainstream press doesn’t spend a lot of time on trans folks, Time hit the newsstands with a cover story: “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.” Gracing the […]

Joined in Holy Sanctimony, Swathed in Academic Robes

BY ED SIKOV | The most fiercely contested LGBT-related media story so far this year has been the resignation of poor, unfairly-treated Brendan Eich, who voluntarily stepped down from his new-found position as CEO of Mozilla, the company that gives us the popular web browser Firefox, because he’d been outed — if you will — […]