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An Assignment Secured, A Life Transformed

An Assignment Secured, A Life Transformed

BY GERALD BUSBY | In April 1976, when I was 41 years old, my life was in the tempestuous and exhilarating stages of becoming a composer. Still, I was anxiously riddled about what to do next. At the time, I was living with my boyfriend, Rafe Blasi, in a loft on Seventh Avenue and West […]

Kathy LUVS Her LBGTAQ12345Caitlyns

Kathy LUVS Her LBGTAQ12345Caitlyns

BY DAVID NOH | Though the ostensible reason for our being in touch was to discuss her “Boroughing Through Brooklyn and Queens” mini-tour in April, Kathy Griffin started our chat with two satisfying tidbits. First, that she was wearing Nordstrom pajamas. And, then, that she had done her homework on this newspaper in advance. “I […]

Seeing Dykes

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I’m not that into “Star Wars,” but I’ll watch any YouTube clip of Carrie Fisher doing a promo interview with her French bulldog Gary and spouting some inappropriately true thing with the hint of a smile spreading across her hard, broad, beautiful face. She’s an aging woman who has no fucks left […]

Lily Tomlin’s Lower East Side Black Eye

Lily Tomlin’s Lower East Side Black Eye

BY GARY M. KRAMER | As the title character in “Grandma,” now out in theaters, Lily Tomlin is sensational. The actress and comedian plays Elle, a poet who is in mourning for her partner, Violet. As the film opens, Elle is breaking up with her current girlfriend, Olivia (Judy Greer). Then Elle’s granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) […]

Lily’s Turn

Lily’s Turn

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Lily Tomlin is both poignant and hilarious as Elle, the acerbic title character in “Grandma.” This enjoyable lark, written and directed by Paul Weitz, gives the veteran comedienne a juicy role, one she was born to play. Tomlin tears into it with the gusto of a pit bull with a chew […]