Category Archives: Cultural Geography

Dead mothers, absent fathers: grief in Times Square

I watch many Hollywood films from the nineteen-thirties, forties and fifties. One cultural moment that I find to be a recurring representational trope is the treatment of death. More specifically, I am referring to its aftermath: in mainstream films from … Continue reading

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Nicky and Pammy’s blood oath: NYC, pre-HIV

In my previous post, I alluded — again! — to one of the many sites of loss in Times Square. Pamela (Trini Alvarado) has awoken to find Nicky (Robin Johnson) gone. The shot reverses to reveal Pamela’s viewpoint: Nicky’s now-empty … Continue reading

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Times Square, Here no More

each day the long light dims and fades not lost, but gone before (the breeders)

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Kamikaze Hearts in The Cleo Club

Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado)’s place of employ in Times Square, the Cleo Club, certainly has its sartorial splendour. As Magazine Machine writes, “Why can’t all strip clubs be like this one instead of a cheesy lucite heeled den of broken … Continue reading

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Times Square “Lesbian Film Guide” review

After the introductory synopsis, Alison Darren’s complete Lesbian Film Guide entry on Times Square reads: “It’s music all the way for this girl/buddy picture that should have been a bit more on the edge as far as the girls’ relationship is … Continue reading

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¡No Pasarán! ¡Venceremos! ¡Sleez For All!

Yesterday’s Washington Post had an article that said “As election season heats up, send us photos of your favorite signs from campaigns, rallies and protests.”  Since Sleaze, Inc was so famous for its biting critique of the mass media, I … Continue reading

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Marotta4Life

(Chest tattoo, unidentified member “Marotta Brigades,” Australia 2010)

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Times Square, nostalgia, and melancholy

Stage left, through a crowd, Nicky appears: Stage left, through a crowd, Nicky disappears: It is thirty years since Times Square was released in the United States. In Venus, Ben Schulman writes, “Thirty years removed from its release on October … Continue reading

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