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Seeking Solace in the Landscape

Memory, visibility and healing at the National AIDS Memorial Grove

Landscape is so central to how we see and move through the world that it is often easily overlooked. When we perceive nature as wild and untouched, we seek solace in the vibrant forces at play, finding our lives dwarfed … Continue reading

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HIV Virus Cure: Can Soy Sauce Save the Day?

Yomasa scientists say soy sauce molecule EFdA has tremendous anti-AIDS drug potential

According to Yomasa, a cure for the HIV virus could be nestled in pantries across America. The Japanese recently revealed its findings of a molecule in its soy sauce called EFdA that holds uncanny similarities to current anti-AIDS drugs. It’s not … Continue reading

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Memorial Music: “The Show Must Go On” by Queen

A powerful song about strength in the face of death

Queen’s incredible power-ballad, “The Show Must Go On”, radiates the unadulterated strength that bubbles to the surface when one faces a death-sentence in the form of terminal illness. The song itself was released in 1991, just one month before the untimely AIDs-related death … Continue reading

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Love and Loss in Life with AIDS

Tom Joslin, with help from Peter Friedmen, documents the final moments of his life before succumbing to AIDS in the critically acclaimed documentary "Silverlake Life: The View from Here."

“Silverlake Life: The View from Here” (1993) is not a typical documentary about AIDS. There are no footnotes in this film. No historical context or textbook definitions are given. While the protagonists visit many doctors and healers throughout the film, … Continue reading

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A Shrine for the Lost in The Man with Night Sweats

Thom Gunn memorializes his loved ones who died of AIDS

Thom Gunn’s The Man with Night Sweats (1992) memorializes a San Francisco poet’s tragic losses due to AIDS. An “Anglo-American poet” known for his brainy yet visceral formal verse, the late British expatriate often wrote in meter and rhyme about his … Continue reading

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Remembering “Brownie Mary”, an Unexpected Angel to AIDS Patients in San Francisco

Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of the famed medical cannabis activist of the 1980s and '90s.

Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as “Brownie Mary”, a medical cannabis activist and San Francisco General Hospital volunteer. Rathbun became known in the 1980s and ’90s for illegally distributing pot brownies … Continue reading

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