Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Thank you for visiting.

On this site you will find the following essays:

Abu Ghraib: Postcards From the Edge
October 14, 2004, openDemocracy
January, 2005, revista Debate (in Spanish)*

There's Something About Outing Mary
October 21, 2004, openDemocracy

Good Morning, Heartache
November 11, 2004, openDemocracy
Election Blog 2004, Truthout

George W. Bush's Iraq War Freedom Cake
August 29, 2004

An Open Letter to Paul Wellstone
September 10, 2004
July 14, 2005, Commentary Slam, The Brian Lehrer Show (audio clip)
September 1, 2005, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood

December 7, 2004, Democratic Underground
January 2005, The Bottom Line*

February 2005, Times .10
April 21, 2005, Outlook Weekly*
May 2005, Gay Times*
June 2005, Political Affairs
March 2006, Antithesis Common Literary Magazine

Bringing Down the Hope: Condoleezza Rice, Black Capitalism and War
January 6, 2005, Democratic Underground
February 2005, Z Magazine*

Martha X: The Radicalization of Martha Stewart
January 5, 2005, Democratic Underground

That's Entertainment: Oprah, Eminem, and Homophobic Representations in American Media
February 8, 2005, Democratic Underground
February 13, 2005, Snap Magazine Online

August 24, 2005, Snap Magazine

Watchers and Witnesses: Oprah, Zora and James

The Possibilities of Pleasure: Why I Feel Like Getting High Tonight

Wonder Woman vs. George Bush
July 2, 2005 - Democratic Underground
(as an excerpt entitled "Father Knows Best")

In This Moment: A Brief Response to Katrina
September 23, 2005 - (from the In This Moment series on Boyan's Blog - Published by the English Majors' Office at Brooklyn College)

This Hostile World
June 12, 2007

Sword and Shield
Text from the dance performance "Armide's Revenge", BALAM Dance company
Premiered February 3, 2011, Cool New York 2011 Dance Festival, John Ryan Theater

You Hold On: a message to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth
October 10, 2010

Can't You Take A Joke?: On Tracy Morgan and Free Speech vs. Hate Speech


June 2005 - It's A Family Affair

July 2005 - Help Me I Think I'm Falling:
Finding A Way Out of Despair When You Are Black and Gay

August 2005 - Strange Fruits: Bille, Bessie, Bayard, Baldwin and Basquiat - Art, Anger and the Search for a Black Gay Aesthetic

December 2005 - Why the Hell Am I Still Alone: Getting Serious About Serious Gay Relationships

January 2006 - US: On Black Gay Men, Masculinity and Our Fathers

February 2006 - Racism: If They Won't Change, Change Your Mind

March 2006 - Audre

April 2006 - Porn

June 2006 - Addiction, A Gay Perspective (unpublished issue)

Audio - Max's comments on Brokeback Mountain (The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC - call in)

(if you scroll down to the end of each essay, you will find a link, whenever possible, to where it appeared online. Some online sites require a subscription. An asterisk designates that a piece was slightly different when published in print than the version that appeared online.)

Not available here:

A History of Survival, Inside Separate Worlds: Life Stories of Young Blacks, Jews and Latinos, ed. David Schoem, University of Michigan Press, 1991

Babylon, Go the Way Your Blood Beats: An Anthology of African-American Lesbian and Gay Fiction, Ed. Shawn Stewart Ruff , Henry Holt, 1996

Couples: A Photographic Documentary of Gay and Lesbian Relationships, John Gettings, University of New England Press, 1996

Max Gordon is a writer and activist. He has been published in the anthologies Inside Separate Worlds: Life Stories of Young Blacks, Jews and Latinos (University of Michigan Press, 1991), Go the Way Your Blood Beats: An Anthology of African-American Lesbian and Gay Fiction (Henry Holt, 1996) and Mixed Messages: An Anthology of Literature to Benefit Hospice and Cancer Causes. His work has also appeared on openDemocracy, Democratic Underground and Truthout, in Z Magazine, Gay Times, Sapience, and other progressive on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally, as well as in translation. His poem "Sword and Shield" was recently performed in the Cool New York 2011 Dance Festival. He lives in New York and is currently working on a novel.

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