Mark Simpson tests Essex’s coastal defences against gentrification (The Times Magazine, 2001) Whitstable, Broadstairs, Brighton and most of Suffolk have gone already. Swept away forever under a tsunami of renovation. These once proudly tatty towns have been lost forever to… Read More »Fight Them On The Beaches
by Steven Zeeland I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing, but Mark Simpson made me. Write a preface, that is – for the following journalistic essay “Killer Queen” on “gay spree killer” and “Versace assassin” Andrew Cunanan, my erstwhile… Read More »Killer Queen: Andrew Cunanan, My Love Rival
The famously homoerotic ’80s fly-boy flick used to be totally no-homo (Originally published in the Daily Telegraph May 12, 2016) Thirty years ago today, the stars of Top Gun were taxiing the red carpet at the premiere in New York. The film,… Read More »How Did Top Gun Get So Gay?
Mark Simpson on the (self) sexualisation of the male body Male self-objectification is, as they like to say on social media, a “thing.” There’s been a rash lately of so-called “gender flip” memes, in which people pretend to be impressed… Read More »Objectify Yourself: Why Straight Young Men Crave Gay Adulation