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Letter to Councilman LaBonge
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Female Actors, Part Two
One Culture Hero Award
Adelante Gay Pride Gala
Best Work of Fiction?
Tom of Finland: Sexual Liberator or Enslaver
Lying Writers
Review of The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson
Promiscuous Thoughts
A Crime of the Heart
A Letter to Michael Silverblatt
"Have you no decency, sir?"
Political Incorrectness: Female Actors and Trojans
He Hugged Moms and Dads
What is a Girly Man?
Review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
From Sunset Boulevard to Mulholland Drive
The Gay Mammies
A Writer Protests
Review of Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro
A Spirit Preserved in 'Amber'
The Supreme Court Case
Review of Live from Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal
Review of Lost Years: A Memoir 1945-1951 by Christopher Isherwood
Review of Out For Good
Review of Hoyt Street: an Autobiography
Review of Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict.
Review of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation
Review of Whores for Gloria
Muscles and Mascara
Review of "Blonde"
Brother Paul, Sister Jan, Brother Hinn, God and the Folks
Advice to the Next Generation
Sins of the Fathers
Beatin' Around the Bush

Cruise Not Gay! The Judge Has Spoken

The Horror, The Horror
LA--a Cliché?
Dominick, Mark & Orenthal
Holy Drag!
Ms. Hill & Mr. Tom
Mrs. guy Ritchie 
Supreme Court 
Tom Cruise 
New Times Article 

A Writer Protests

October 7, 2000

Mr. Victor Navasky
Editor, The Nation
33 Irving Place
New York, New York 10003-2332

Dear Mr. Navasky:

Mollie Shapiro, a cherished friend (who introduced me years ago to "The Nation"), was kind enough to send me a copy of a letter she wrote you after a conversation with me when I returned briefly to El Paso as key-note speaker for a fund-raiser for gay rights. She enclosed your answer expressing surprise about the subject matter, my total exclusion from your pages after Mr. McWilliams left as editor. (To refresh your memory, I'm enclosing a copy of Mrs. Shapiro's letter and of your kind response.)

I'm surprised that you, too, are "mystified" about my being ignored by The Nation even in lists of former contributors, since, in 1992, I brought the matter to your attention and received no answer. I also wrote to Mr. Art Winslow and received no answer. (I enclose copies of both letters, which I found in my files.)

So I am now even more baffled by the total dismissal of me and my work by a magazine I long admired and for which I wrote so many lead articles. Indeed, Mrs. Shapiro's pride in seeing those articles published during Mr. McWilliams' editorship continues to be a source of pleasure to me, since it was often her spirited commitment to good causes that in part inspired me to write them.


John Rechy

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