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Sail into a pilgrim’s progress

When you go to school in New England, you read The Witch of Blackbird Pond in the sixth grade and The Crucible in the eighth. I far prefer Elizabeth George Speare’s novel to Arthur Miller’s, because I’m a sucker for a happy ending. It hasn’t got the intellectual complexity or allegorical theme, but it does have an absorbing, if straightforward, premise. Kit Tyler is that classic... read more

My bit of Paradise: Precious Bane

When I was 16, PBS blew my mind. I was sitting up watching Masterpiece Theater on the local affiliate station, and right in the middle of this period drama they showed a man’s naked ass. PBS was, and apparently had always been, astonishingly cool. Later, my PBS affiliate aired a highly controversial documentary about gay men called Tongues Untied despite great hue and cry (and to this day, my brain... read more