Noel Halifax

Edward Carpenter - A Life of Liberty and Love

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Sheila Rowbotham, Verso, £25

Edward Carpenter's active political life spans the 1880s through to the 1920s and during that time he knew and influenced almost everyone on the radical left and beyond.

He was the ultimate polymath and radical, writing on all aspects of society, and can be said to have invented or refigured for the 20th century what we now would call lifestyle politics. He wrote about gay love ("the dear love of comrades") at a time when the term homosexual was being defined and during the great moral panic and homophobic persecution of the late 19th century.

Out of the Closet

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Pop music historian Jon Savage spoke to Noel Halifax about his new collection of gay pop music from the 1960s to the 1980s.

A few years ago I compiled a record called England's Dreaming to accompany a book I had written about punk. I enjoyed doing that so much that I approached the record company with an idea of releasing a compilation of weird old gay records.

Flat Rollercoaster

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Review of 'A Year Without Love', director Anahi Berneri

I wanted to like this film. It is, after all, the diary of an HIV positive gay man, Pablo, set in the mid-1990s in Argentina just before the arrival of combination therapy. Pablo decides to write a diary to chart his life. He is also into casual sex in pornographic cinemas, and develops a taste for S&M sex and roleplay after he joins a leather sex group. Oh, and of course he is also looking for love. So it's not what you would call a family film.

Alexander the Coy

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Review of 'Alexander', director Oliver Stone

This no holds barred biopic of Alexander the Great sets out to tell the whole truth, or least as much as we know, of Alexander - including the gay or bisexual truth about him and the sexual mores of the period.

As such the film has come under attack by the Greek government, which threatened to sue over this 'slur' on their great national hero. The slur was to portray Alexander as bisexual. Now that really is perverse.

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