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Perry Brass

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: The "Classical Nude" Looks Back at You

Perry Brass | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

A piece of art that either openly celebrates same-sex desire or points to it; or reveals within its space some aspect of an outsider sexual experience that has been withheld.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Life Is A Show, Old Chum!

Perry Brass | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I went to see Alan Cumming in Cabaret at the Roundabout Theater Company's venture at Studio 54 last night. Cumming was spectacular--as ever.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Charles James at His Splendid Met Museum Show: Sick!

Perry Brass | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

One word immediately came to my mind looking at the head-turning displays of haute couture by the legendary Charles James at the Metropolitan Museum on a recent gorgeous summer Sunday in June.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Three Timely Awakenings at the Outsider Art Fair

Perry Brass | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I had three very timely awakenings at this year's Outsider Art Fair, sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art, in Chelsea, for five days ending on May 11. They were stunning, shaking me all over, and ultimately beautiful.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Heat "Stroke" at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Perry Brass | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

There are three ways to look at the work in the new show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art: "Stroke, from Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls," a show of gay erotic art, mostly drawings, during the "Golden Age of Gay Erotica.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: High Art and Low Sex All the Way Through Evening

Perry Brass | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

It's a beautiful, moving film about a very tender subject: artists who die young but leave us an extremely important part of themselves. How do you preserve this? How do you keep this beautiful "self" alive when it's a piece of art?

Two Weeks With The Flu

Perry Brass | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry Brass

Until this month I had never been even a bit sick at any point in the 21st century. But weeks after my latest flu inoculation, on Friday, Jan. 4, my throat started feeling scratchy. Uh-oh!

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Jean Valjean at Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

To me, as a gay Jew at this difficult Christmas, thinking about Jean Valjean (and his creator Victor Hugo), even remembering crying my eyes out over him, are all very good. Because goodness is definitely its own reward, and we need to remember that.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Shopping and Screwing

Perry Brass | Posted 01.26.2013 | Style
Perry Brass

Why does this beautiful, nostalgic (OK, maybe phoney nostalgic, but even phony nostalgia has its place) time that reaches back somehow into the childhood of every man, woman, dog, and cat, have to be about shopping mania?

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Hurricane Sandy: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Perry Brass | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

I lived in New Orleans during the early 1980s, and people got so complacently used to the threat of hurricanes out in the Gulf that they gave "hurricane parties" when the waters started to brew up their own hot madness each year. But this was no party in New York. This was déjà vu all over again.