Haunted by Nashville

I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1963 to 1968. Nashville meant country music, but if you read in the histories of the civil rights movement, you’d know that many of the major advances were led by students from Fisk, the historically black college in Nashville....

Dangerous Halls

I found a short video on Towleroad today, Man in the Mirror, in which it is said that a “closeted jock faces outing in Joel Schumacher’s short.” It is also on PBS.org.   Jason is an athlete, a high school senior, maybe seventeen years old, beautiful, a Puerto...

Letting go during the eighties

Longtime Companion, the film by Norman René; is about a small group of men who know each other from the bars in NYC and Fire Island—that is, some of them know some of them—who are caught for a moment on Fire Island and at work and at home in the city as they digest...

A moment of love

When I saw Law of Desire, in 1987, I was a couple of years into writing Ceremonies. I think one of the reasons the movie was so exciting to me–so thrilling—was that Almodovar was showing me something that I hadn’t seen before. I know now that Proust had written...

Love is never a joke.

About midway through Law of Desire, the movie by Pedro Almodovar (1987), Antonio, played by a young and beautiful Antonio Banderas, asks Pablo, a movie director who is very self-centered and seems always to be doing lines of coke, “Who is the boy in the letter, that...

Jack’s narrative

A friend said, on reading some story I had written, “Your character missed the whole sixties.”  What my friend meant was that my character had missed my friend’s idea of the sixties. My character lived through the sixties in a heterosexual marriage, in middle-sized...

A beautiful film

In Night Catches Us, a film by Tanya Hamilton, Marcus, played by Anthony Mackie, comes back to Philadelphia after being away for ten years. His father has just died, and he has come back into a family struggling with the past. Marcus left, and his brother, who had to...