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Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.
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Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. is the author of Confessions of a Jewish Wagnerite: Being Gay and Jewish in America and We Must Love One Another Or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer. He is a co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis and wrote the first press reports about AIDS.

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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 7:07 AM

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Speaking at the Oct 20 Klinghoffer Protest

On Sept 20, opening night of the current Metropolitan Opera season, I ventured to Lincoln Center to observe what I understood would be an organized Jewish protest of the...

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Ebola, AIDS, and Plague Inc.

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 10:55 AM

A new video game uses an epidemic model with a complex and realistic set of variables to simulate the spread and severity of a plague. Available as an app from iTunes, it has been dowloaded 25 million times. Now, with Ebola, Plague Inc., as it is called, appears...

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Recasting History: Reflections on HBO's The Normal Heart

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks (right) and Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus in HBO's The Normal Heart

My reactions to the HBO film of The Normal Heart (TNH) are not much different from my reactions to the play. When it was revived...

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Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and the Battlefield of AIDS

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Dr. Joseph Sonnabend on the cover of POZ Magazine

There's an edgy new film making the rounds of the gay film festivals. Age of Consent by Charles Lum and Todd Verow is about gay sex and its legislative battles in Britain. The story...

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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:27 AM

[Parts 1 and 2 of "On the Future of Wagnerism" were published on Huffington Post on 2/18/14 and 4/23/14]

Richard Wagner

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's...

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On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 2: Jewish Wagnerites and Wagner Societies

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Part 1 of "On The Future of Wagnerism," "Do New Revelations of Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?" was published on Huffington Post, 2/18/14.

Part 1 of "On The Future of Wagnerism" explored the implications for Wagner appreciation of emerging revelations...

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On the Future of Wagnerism: Do New Revelations About Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Wagner 201

On the Future of Wagnerism


Do New Revelations of Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?


Widely regarded as one of history's greatest composers and artists, Richard...

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Gay Men Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 8:54 PM

Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the U.S., and one of the most common worldwide. One in 50 Americans is infected. It accounts for more than 50 percent of all cases of end-stage liver disease and 50 percent of cases of liver cancer, and it is the...

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'Boo!' to the Metropolitan Opera

(18) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 12:31 PM

We know who they were, the ones who spoke out and resisted, who put their careers on the line to protest what was happening in Germany: Arturo Toscanini, Lauritz Melchior and Lotte Lehmann, to name a few. We also know the ones who didn't: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Herbert von Karajan, Wilhelm...

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Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:36 PM

When you watch Gay Cable News Network, co-hosted by Andy Humm and Ann Northrop, there is an introductory montage of LGBT figures, demonstrations and events. The soundtrack is likewise a montage in which little is distinguishable, save for one clear voice that says that we're escalating our voices in protest...

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