Category: Sex and Relationships

"A Star is Born" shines brightly

Movies about show business are as old as the medium itself. From Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the 1930’s telling their teenage friends, “Let’s put on a show, guys!,” to the Broadway dancers of “A Chorus Line” (1985), there’s something inherently entertaining about watching performers perform as performers. In its fourth Hollywood version over... Read more »

New Joni Mitchell biography is exhaustive, excellent, and hits right bittersweet note

David Yaffe’s excellent new Joni Mitchell biography, “Reckless Daughter,” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), hits the right bittersweet note about the iconic singer-songwriter: she’s a flawed human being (like all of us), of amazing gifts. Mitchell, of course, is the tall blonde musician (and visual artist) from the western Canadian province of Alberta who came to... Read more »

Untitled (two poems)

Untitled   You roll up to me like a wave from the sky You’re full of promise and fruit Like a child smiling in his rain boots   Come with me and we’ll roll across the stones All water and love     Untitled   Sun sparks jiving electric   When we’re all gone there... Read more »

Dead Inside (short fiction)

She was wearing a black-leather mini skirt halfway up her thighs. And her thighs were to-die-for. “Officer, I’d seen this creep in here before,” the witness was telling him. She was seated at the bar stool next to him, not two feet away. “I saw him last Friday night. A young kid – 19, 20.... Read more »

Steve Yarbrough is a contemporary novelist you've never heard of, but should read

Steve Yarbrough?, you may be asking, scratching your head. Steve who? Steve Yarbrough is a contemporary novelist who writes stories about the way we live now, about men and women dealing with the realities of being an adult in modern-day America. Born in Mississippi in 1956, Yarbrough has taught in Fresno, Calif., and is now... Read more »

"In the Shadow of Women" is a highly-satisfactory French film at the Siskel Center

“In the Shadow of Women (L’ombre des Femmes),” is a highly-satisfactory French/Swiss drama currently playing at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.  But make no mistake about it: there’s not much in this Paris-based film that hasn’t been done before by other French filmmakers. It’s a film about men and women and... Read more »

City strangers (poem)

    Skin in the city. Flesh flashes at you from the sidewalk, from the store.   Sexy strangers in the city, a passing parade of beauty.   The city shimmers and shakes, struts down the sidewalk, shines like the sun.   The city shimmers and shines, and its sunlight is bright, but its strangers... Read more »

Pope Francis Softens Official Tone on Hot Topics

About a week and a half ago, U.S. news reports were filled with another example of an astounding phenomenon: the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, seems more and more like one of us. Francis, in a series of interviews with Jesuit periodicals, said the Church should not be “obsessed” with issues... Read more »