Painkillers and All the Other Things That Guys Claim Have ‘Turned Them Gay’

by Miles Klee In what you’d have to call a major scoop for any local British newspaper (and a bonanza for the nation’s infamous tabloids), Scott Purdy, an unemployed 23-year-old of Louth, in Lincolnshire, is claiming that a prescription painkiller turned him gay. He reportedly broke it off with a girlfriend of six months and is quite content. “It’s made me feel very open. It’s liberating,” he’s said, adding that “people should know about” this potential side effect of Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica, manufactured by the drug giant Pfizer. While Purdy’s story makes for a clicky headline, there’s no … Continue reading Painkillers and All the Other Things That Guys Claim Have ‘Turned Them Gay’

The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist

Director William Friedkin (left) and Reverend Gabriele Amorth William Friedkin’s new documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth, sees the director film a real-life exorcism while considering the legacy of his horror classic. by DAVID SIMS The Exorcist is to exorcisms what The Godfather is to the Mafia: That is, the film is the font of every cliché about its subject and barely rooted in fact. Just as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 mobster classic invented many of its gangland rituals out of thin air, William Friedkin’s landmark 1973 horror movie didn’t have much to do with the real-life case it was based on. One could view Friedkin’s new documentary, The Devil … Continue reading The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist

Not your Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan monks dressed as demons attend the Beating Ghost festival at the Yonghe Temple, March 2015. Photo by Wang Zhao/Getty Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see? by Mark Hay is a writer on culture, faith, identity politics and sexuality. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Economist, Foreign Service Journal,Slate and VICE, among others. He is based in Brooklyn, New York. Edited by Pam Weintraub Tibetan Buddhism, in the pop-cultural psyche of the United States, is the Dalai Lama’s face, grinning from a cover in the self-help section of your nearest bookstore. It’s … Continue reading Not your Tibetan Buddhism