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Noah Tsika
Noah Tsika is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. He is the author of the books Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic and Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora, as well as essays on same-sex dating in the U.S. military (published in LGBT Identity and Online New Media) and the reception of Brokeback Mountain (published in The Brokeback Book).

Entries by Noah Tsika

Valley of the Judys

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:13 PM

"Judy's been done to death."

This was a friend's way of saying that the iconic Judy Garland is no longer a viable candidate for impersonation--that drag queens should simply stop "doing Judy." Respectfully disagreeing, I talked about the sheer pleasure of familiarity and repetition--the fun of, say, lip-synching to

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The Elder Gays of Love Is Strange

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 7:07 PM

On paper, it might suggest a bad sitcom: two notorious hams--John Lithgow and Alfred Molina--as longtime lovers confronting the innumerable challenges of aging. On the screen, under the direction of the exceptionally talented Ira Sachs, it is a subtle, searching exploration of the lives of elderly...

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The Limits of Looking

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Now that the first season of HBO's Looking has come to an end, it is worth reflecting on the series' achievements, and lamenting some of its shortcomings.

Much has been written about the "butch" qualities of the series' protagonists: here are three gay men who dress...

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Classifying Blue Is the Warmest Color

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 9:50 PM

A galvanizing conversation starter since its Cannes premiere, Blue Is the Warmest Color has rather persistently been positioned as a "lesbian" film, particularly in the popular press. To be sure, its controversial elements stem from its unblinking representation of same-sex erotic contact, of two young women who, in...

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A Lesbian Landmark: Stacie Passon's Concussion

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 10:12 PM

Nearly 20 years after her groundbreaking queer film Go Fish first galvanized audiences at the Sundance Film Festival, Rose Troche has produced the powerfully erotic Concussion, the debut feature of Stacie Passon, who both wrote and directed it. If Go Fish, famous as the first lesbian...

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Gayness and the Gandolfini Eulogies

(47) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:11 PM

When the actor Joseph R. Gannascoli, or "Joey G," as he is more widely known, phoned Howard Stern's SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel to discuss the recent death of James Gandolfini, I expected to hear a boilerplate summation of the late actor's achievements, as well as a few rote references to...

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Laurence Anyways: Xavier Dolan's Romantic Masterpiece

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 7:34 PM

A sweeping romantic epic that appears to have been effortlessly made, the glorious Laurence Anyways, which is playing in New York City at Cinema Village after a brief, barely heralded run at the Angelika (and on that theater's smallest screen, no less), is also an advertisement for moviemaking as a...

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Magic Matt Bomer

(17) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 6:25 PM

Each generation has its classical movie stars, its public figures who please the populace while maintaining an impenetrable allure. Matt Bomer might be just such a star. At a recent screening of Magic Mike in downtown Manhattan, Bomer's every appearance occasioned the kinds of sighs that audiences used to reserve...

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Remembering the McMartin Case

(13) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 6:29 PM

For those who can recall it, Virginia McMartin's face remains a strange one. Neither defiant nor dejected, its eyebrows always hoisted high above a huge pair of tinted glasses, it got a lot of laughs in the eighties, when McMartin, like most members of her immediate family, was on trial...

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Notes on Anti-Gay Camp

(25) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 3:16 PM

For comedy I turn to Christian bigots, but they have let me down of late. At a time when videos of anti-gay preachers routinely reach viral status, gay commentators are cannily recasting such right-wing footage amid mashups, most of which make clear the comedic aspects of certain anti-gay utterances.


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Queering Military Media

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 11:53 AM

What will it take, besides gumption, to make a post-gay military film? An exceedingly profitable and prominent, military-approved drama, the recently released Act of Valor, doesn't make much of the death of "don't ask, don't tell." Instead, it singles out straight fatherhood as a motivating force for soldiers. At a...

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Confessions of a Queer Bully

(18) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 12:56 AM

Bullying makes strange bedfellows. Recently, in one of my classes, two students came to blows for being, in the words of one, "different types of gays." The conflict escalated, with the combatants, both men, debating the provenance of gay violence. While "not in my classroom" is the hokey but effective...

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