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Two Beauties

Before her, there was the unforgettable Louise Brooks in the 1920s, Garbo and Dietrich in the 1930s, and then Lauren Bacall, who was even known as “The Look” in the 1940s. Comment

Youth, Puritanism, and Reactionary Politics

If sex, as the playwright and cartoonist Jules Feiffer has observed, is still America’s dirty little secret decades after the so-called “sexual revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s, there is no topic on which a cultural consensus of omerta reigns more stiflingly than that of the sexuality of “children,” as anyone under the age of consent is wrongly labeled. In practice, this has meant that real sex education of America’s school-age youth has been effectively driven from the arena of public policy, to the benefit of the horrendously failed abstinence-only-until-marriage approach that has been federally funded for a quarter of a century. Comment

I Enjoy Being a Boy

Out French filmmaker Céline Sciamma scored a hit in 2007 with her drama “Water Lilies” about female teenagers exploring their sexuality. Sciamma explores a different aspect of young female sexuality in her new film, “Tomboy,” a character study of a ten-year-old girl who spends a lot of time passing as a boy. Comment

Elizabethan Echoes

Kudos to Lesley Koenig, Opera Boston’s new general director, for scheduling the nerviest season in North America — “Beatrice et Benedict,” “The Midsummer Marriage, “and Bellini’s “I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.” Fortunately, the company’s audience craves and appreciates novelty. Comment

Look Back In Anger

Last spring during awards time, Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” popped up atop many critics’ best play lists. The psychodrama, about a distraught daughter who writes a memoir exposing a foul secret that threatens to tear her family apart, was hailed by the New York Times as “the most richly enjoyable new play in many a season.” Comment

Hoop Dreams, American Dreams

California daughter of Burmese immigrants finds her authentic lesbian self in Germany Comment


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