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The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Dear Prudence

A life of exuberance and eccentricity

Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

A long-awaited biography gives the facts, but not the mystery, behind this writer’s genius

Elspeth H. Brown

Elspeth H. Brown, a professor of history at the University of Toronto, just published Work! A Queer History of Modeling. She last wrote about the activism of M.A.C Cosmetics for the LRC.

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A Not-So-Simple Love Story

Even in the photos, it’s rarely black and white June 2019
In December 2012, a friend invited me to Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth, opening at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Drawing on a thirty-­year correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Ruhl based her play completely on the letters themselves, in which the poets and great friends shared details of their writing, illnesses, paranoias, romantic…

Positively Shady

The glamorous activism of M.A.C Cosmetics May 2019
Once upon a time, gay liberation meant anti-­capitalist, anti-­racist, anti-police, anti-­colonial rage. The bad boy (and some bad girl) heroes of the Stonewall Riots, fifty years ago this summer, linked gay visibility to global anti-­colonial struggles. The Gay Liberation Front sought the abolishment of existing social institutions, including capitalism, militarism, racism, and the nuclear family. The term “liberation” tied the GLF to other radical social movements of the late…