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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity

Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
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The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping by Nasdijj
The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping

mary scriver, March 5, 2009

This is the second in the three-book set written by Timothy Patrick Barrus under the pseudonym "Nasdijj." He was a well-known writer, editor and publisher in the Seventies pre-AIDS San Francisco gay community. His interest was in the "leatherman" movement, based on the idea that being gay needn't mean being effete or powerless. Motorcycle leathers were their marker.

This book is true, but disguised to protect the boy and others. It is a distillation of Barrus' real life-work which has been dedicated to boys at risk and on the outer edge of society. Hailed as brilliant in the beginning, as soon as Nasdijj's real identity was discovered, the very same writing was condemned as a hoax. He no longer lives in the US.
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The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams: A Memoir
The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams: A Memoir

mary scriver, March 4, 2009

This anthology of essays is the first of three books by Timothy Barrus, writing under the pseudonym "Nasdijj." Though he was excoriated and ostracized for pretending to be half-Navajo, he was in fact protecting the reservation community where he and his wife were living and working. These stories are true, closely observed, and heart-breaking. They are worth reading before condemning them out-of-hand.

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