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About me

Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Retired
Location NEW YORK, NY, United States
Introduction I like to consider myself a citizen of Cosmopolis, ranging widely across the humanities. I have traveled to 45 countries, and speak five languages. Out of self-interest, I am concerned with current affairs in my own country. Writing is important to me: I have published seventeen books (including edited volumes). My beginning the blog coincided with my retirement. No longer muzzled, I felt, by the demands of being a salaried professor, I gave vent to my untrammeled opinions. Sometimes, perhaps, too much so--but it is my right, all the same. Here is an appropriate motto from La Fontaine: Est bien fou du cerveau qui prétend contenter tout le monde et son père. ("The Miller, His Son, and the Donkey"). For my work in linguistics see the revised (electronic) version of Homolexis at www.williamapercy.com/homolexis/index.php?title=Main_Page; for the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, see: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/BIB/EOH/index.htm. See also the electronic version of my 1987 book, Homosexuality: A Research Guide (/www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/BIB/ResGde/main.htm).
Interests Cultural history, art history, gay studies, current affairs, critique of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity), linguistics
Favorite Movies Aguirre, Apu Trilogy, Ashes and Diamonds, Beat the Devil, La Belle Epoque, The Big Clock, The Black Swan, The Blue Angel, Brokeback Mountain, Children of Paradise, La Dolce Vita, Gomorrah, Ikiru, Intolerance, Ivan the Terrible, Johnny Stechino, Kind Hearts and Coronets, LA Confidential, The Lady Vanishes, Latter Days, Life and Death of Col. Blimp, Lives of Others, Metropolis, Ninotchka, La Notte, Oblomov, Ordet, Persona, Pepe le Moko, Rashomon, Rules of the Game, Run Lola Run, The Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night, Some Like It Hot, The 39 Steps, Virgin Spring, The White Sheik, The White Band, The White Countess, Wild Strawberries
Favorite Music Monteverdi, Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Wagner, Debussy, John Adams, Tavener
Favorite Books Akhnaten, Epic of Gilgamesh, Herakleitos, Daode Jing, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Dante, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Rabelais, Hobbes, Hoelderlin, Tocqueville, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Jespersen, Pound, Toynbee, Borges, Popper, Arthur Koestler, Hayek, Bulgakov, Beckett