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Martin Duberman: Cover Story

Holding Tightly But Gently Historian Martin Duberman in His Latest Book on Singer Michael Callen and Poet Essex Hemphill Revisits the Early Battleground That Was...

As If: Fiction by Norman Belanger

What time is it?” He sighs, drowsy from a day at the beach. I move over so he can put down his bag. “The clock...

The Challenge of Adherence: Poetry by Noah Stetzer

Though it lacks the deliberateness of fire setting the bridges or boats once one’s passed into strange lands or foe’s territory— dark Rubicon crossed over on horseback, fighting...

Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt The Dial Press Reviewed by Nancy Ellegate The AIDS crisis of the 1980s (it wasn’t widely known as HIV or...

The American People Volume 1: Review

The American People Volume 1: Search for My Heart by Larry Kramer Farrar, Straus & Giroux Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Recently, I’ve been on something of a...

The Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction: Review

The Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction Edited by Dale Peck Soho Press Reviewed by John Francis Leonard The eighties were a decade that began twelve straight...

BPM: Review

120 BPM Directed by Robin Campillo The Orchard Reviewed by John Francis Leonard 120 BPM is a stunningly powerful and creative piece of filmmaking documenting the ACT UP...

Diagnosis, Interrupted: Poetry by Danielle Sehnert

Diagnosis, Interrupted Death came a-knockin’ and suddenly infinity became dizzy The rush of a fever, chills that stretch miles, I felt my courage draining Silenced, was the...

Bleeder: A Memoir

Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak Michigan State University Press Reviewed by Sally Hessney The pacing of Shelby Smoak’s poignant memoir Bleeder is as measured as a heartbeat....

Living a Healthy Life with HIV: Review

Living a Healthy Life with HIV by Allison R. Webel, RN, PhD, Lorig, et al. Bull Publishing Reviewed by Hank Trout Call me “jaded.” Having read a plethora...

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Let’s Talk About PrEP

On July 27, 2018, Chicago’s Howard Brown Health unveiled a new song and music video, “Let’s Talk About PrEP,” intended to spread awareness about...