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Stephen Elliott

Kenneth Anger Is a Rolling Stone

What does it mean to Sway? Here is the book, five young men on the cover, pants tight at their thighs and flared around the ankles. Here is Kenneth Anger, the strange child, the brilliant filmmaker. Born Kenneth Anglemyer, raised in Southern California. By his thirties he had already been......
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Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost

It would be easy to focus on just where the book goes wrong. The old man’s desire for the young woman is nothing more than an old man’s desire to recapture something of his youth. The book has almost nothing of interest to say about this unlikely romance between a......

The Child in Hard Time

Illustrations by Sage VaughnSometimes he hears voices. Often they are quiet, just whispers. On December 2, 1999, it’s the voice of David Foster, gang leader. Blood. Convicted felon. David is 35 and one of the most feared people in the neighborhood. Alonza is walking home from school, wearing a light-blue......

And Then There Was a Knock

First comes the knock. There are two, maybe three, uniformed officers from the Department of Homeland Security. They tell the boy they want to take his parents in for questioning. Have them back in two to three hours. The father, Gokal Kapoor, is 71, his wife, Sheila Kapoor, 69. Old......
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