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John Baxter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

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Love and Other Distractions

Love and Other Distractions

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(p.10) Love and Other Distractions
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Von Sternberg
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John Baxter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0003

Jonas claimed to be indifferent, as he was to the men who pressed themselves against him on crowded streetcars. Obscene graffiti gave him knowledge of anatomy, which improved when he gathered in a cellar with some other boys to watch a girl on a swing show herself naked under her skirt. He had a few brushes with homosexuality. Because his work deals so frequently but often obliquely with sex, this has invited speculation about von Sternberg's sexuality. Superficially, he was almost obsessively heterosexual.

Keywords:   streetcars, anatomy, graffiti, homosexuality, speculation

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