Celebrating Stonewall 50: Two New Reviews!

My two new reviews in the Indypendent highlight how the LGBT movement is looking back at its history — and looking forward at the same time.

“Gay Old Brooklyn” is a review of Hugh Ryan’s new book When Brooklyn Was Queer, a delightful romp through the borough’s pre-Stonewall LGBTQ history.

Its companion piece, “After An Uprising”, reviews “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall,” a new Brooklyn Museum exhibit by local young LGBTQ+ artists. Enjoy!

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New Essay in Puppetry International!

So proud of my new piece, “Doing Good Work: Visiting the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference” in the latest Puppetry International! The narrative nonfiction piece gives you a sneak peek at what’s happening now in puppetry, as well as how contemporary puppeteers reach back to cultural ancestors like Richard Hunt.

You can read the article here!

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New Writing: “Harvey Milk’s Chutzpah”

I’m pleased to share my new review, “Harvey Milk’s Chutzpah”, in the brand-new issue of The Indypendent! The piece is a review of Lillian Faderman’s new biography of gay icon Harvey Milk. Ahh, the sweet satisfaction of seeing your work in print!

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Interview #92: Mark Hamill

I’m so grateful to the nearly 100 of Hunt’s family, friends and colleagues who have shared their stories and helped me understand him and his life. Mark Hamill contributed some especially good stories. Just another reason to look forward to Funny Boy!

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Happy Birthday, Richard Hunt!

Thinking of Richard Hunt on what would have been his 67th birthday. Celebrating his life by working on his biography. Thank you, sir, for your work.

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Doing Good Work: Visiting the O’Neill Puppetry Conference

A bunch of puppeteers hanging out in the woods: That’s basically all I know about the annual Eugene O’Neill puppetry conference before I visit, but that’s enough for me, especially with Muppet performer Pam Arciero as its Artistic Director. I trust that I’ll find what I think of as a Jim Henson-inspired work environment: playful, respectful, collaborative, creative – and mind-bogglingly productive. And I trust that even the briefest visit will be good for my own work. Continue reading

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