E.B. Boatner Posts

A Word In Edgewise: Getting Geared for Getting Away

Fall is my favorite travel season. There’s hope of cooler weather, brighter colors, and fewer tourists. But recently, my pleasure has been plagued by anxiety. [Before proceeding, for full disclosure, I acknowledge that travel anxiety is a […]

A Word In Edgewise: Good Neighbor Fred

I was much older than the target audience for the TV show which, after a start in 1963 and some re-brandings, made its U.S. debut February 19, 1968 as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Most of the bits and […]

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Black Diamond Fall Joseph Olshan Polis Books $26; eBook $7.99 Olshan, author of Clara’s Heart, combines two actual events occurring at Vermont’s Middlebury College—the disappearance of a student during winter break, and the vandalizing of poet Robert […]

A Word In Edgewise: From a King to a Queen in a Family Way

In these wearing dog days of summer, it is pleasant to relax in a cool, darkened theater for a production that is (deceptively) light, pleasing, and simple. The Guthrie’s The Legend of Georgia McBride fills that bill […]

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Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends David Fantle & Tom Johnson McFarland & Co. $39.95 The authors, native Minnesotans, were eighteen when they made their first trip to interview Hollywood’s greats, beginning with […]

A Word In Edgewise: Still Star-Crossed, After All These Years

I saw West Side Story in 1957. I still have my Playbill. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the drama of star-crossed lovers that opened the Guthrie’s 2017-2018 season. Their season’s finale, fittingly, is West Side Story, Montagues […]

A Word In Edgewise: Why Gay Pride? (Again)

It’s that time when querulous voices ask, “Why do gays need a special Pride day/week/month/parade?” Standard retorts are generally permutations of, “When were you last attacked or bullied for being straight?” While not written as a specific […]

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Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation Robert W. Fieseler Liveright $26.95 32 gay individuals perished in the New Orleans Up Stairs Lounge fire, their existence ignored. […]

A Word In Edgewise: Can We Talk?

Language is communication. We humans have communicated for tens of thousands of years, using sounds and symbols to inform, mislead, include or exclude others. Learning even one other language can give insights into a different culture and […]

It’s in the Cards: J.Ryan and the Queer Street Tarot

Throughout time humans have asked: “Where do I hunt the mammoth?” “How can I find love?” “When will I finish my novel?”, seeking answers in rocks, tortoise shells, reindeer shoulder bones—and cards. The Tarot has a long […]

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