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2002 Stories by Richard Goldstein

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  • Life After SONDA

    published December 24, 2002

    There was no photo op when George Pataki signed the state gay rights bill in the privacy of his office last week. It struck some activists as... More >>

  • Cheap Lay

    published November 26, 2002

    When the New York State Senate meets in special session on December 17, we will see whether George Pataki's promise to the gay community is... More >>

  • The Eminem Consensus

    published November 12, 2002

    Two events of lasting significance occurred last week: the breakdown of the Democratic party and the breakthrough of Eminem. His debut film, More >>

  • Neohawks

    published October 29, 2002

    Greil Marcus is a discerning radical humanist. So it was a shock to pick up the progressive paper First of the Month and find him dissing... More >>

  • The Last Candid Man

    published October 15, 2002

    Tom Wolfe, the white-suited celebrant of rugged guys, once described educator and politician John Silber as "the last candid man." Of course, many... More >>

  • Dreaming Green

    published October 8, 2002

    A huge inflatable pig, the veteran of many demos, squatted on Wall Street last Friday, as 1500 people gathered to assail the usual... More >>

  • Pushy Queers

    published September 17, 2002

    It may not be the Age of Aqueerius, but surely it's some kind of watershed when two male wrestlers tie the knot. That's sort of what happened on... More >>

  • Day of Attunement

    published September 3, 2002

    I will never hear a bagpipe playing "Amazing Grace" without thinking of its performance at a funeral for dogs that died at ground... More >>

  • On Being Called a Commie

    published July 30, 2002

    In the age of databases, everything published is virtually eternal—except for blogging. This new form of online discourse allows anyone to be... More >>

  • Bush's Gay Gambit

    published July 16, 2002

    "A milestone," crowed the Human Rights Campaign, America's most prominent gay political group. Yet this major moment went by with hardly a note of... More >>

  • The Myth of Gay Macho

    published June 25, 2002

    It happens on the ball field or in the locker room, in some fearsome interaction with a coach or, worst of all, with a father who... More >>

  • The Eminem Shtick

    published June 11, 2002

    Richard Wagner was a great artist, but he was also an anti-Semite, and most assessments of his genius address this fact. The Birth of a Nation... More >>

  • Never Again?

    published May 28, 2002

    Every time I face a rabid right-winger on TV, I get phone calls after the fact that break down predictably by gender. Women tell me I'm... More >>

  • The Politics of Pim

    published May 14, 2002

    In the wake of Pim Fortuyn's assassination—Holland's first political murder in some 350 years—the mystery of his ascendance has become... More >>

  • Street Hassle

    published April 23, 2002

    At the height of last week's heat wave, Christopher Street was in full human bloom. Hundreds of queer teens, most of them black or Latino, ambled... More >>

  • The Primal Lie

    published March 26, 2002

    As a journalist, I cherish Oscar Wilde's opinion of sincerity: He called it "the highest form of acting." Few of my subjects have told the whole... More >>

  • The Matthew Shepard Icon

    published March 12, 2002

    His murder has inspired no fewer than three made-for-TV movies. The first, Anatomy of a Hate Crime, was shown on MTV last year as part of... More >>

  • Managing the Unmanageable

    published March 5, 2002

    For Norman Kleeblatt, the thought of Holocaust survivors weeping at the Jewish Museum last week must be one of the most painful in his 20-year... More >>

  • Executive Bitch Slapping

    published February 26, 2002

    Now that patriotism is a burka for all sorts of sins, it's hard to recall that, back before we fought to free women from the Taliban, bitch... More >>

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