John Russell

John Russell is a writer and editor based in New York City. The former editor-in-chief of Next Magazine, his writing has appeared in Out Magazine, The Village Voice, The New York Press, Essential Homme,, and PREF Magazine.

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‘Mapplethorpe’ star Matt Smith on art, porn, and D pics

The mere mention of the name Mapplethorpe certainly conjures up some very vivid images: leather, penises, lilies, all photographed in stark black and white. Director Ondi Timoner’s biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe, which had its world premiere in New York this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, captures the creation of many of those images, with The Crown’s Matt Smith behind the lens as the celebrated gay photographer.

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Alan Hollinghurst on writing about gay sex in the post-privacy age

Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, opens in 1940, on the eve of the second World War, and over the course of its five sections spanning over 70 years it traces the influence one man, the devastatingly hunky David Sparsholt, exerts on the lives of those around him. That includes his son, Johnny, whose own coming out in the sexually liberated London of the 1960s is eclipsed by a gay sex scandal involving his father.

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