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  •  Some of the books on the list are long-time faves (4+ / 0-)

    Others I read once and was disappointed by, still others I could not wade through and as for others I'm either not familiar with them or know of them but wonder why they're there. I have never been able to wade through Moby Dick though I've tried any number of times. Still others I read and enjoyed when I was young but later on found to be excruciating.

    I've read in various places, at various times, suggestions that Dancer From the Dance, despite the year of its publication, was in some form or other a foretelling of the AIDS epidemic. This is NOT one of the books that I didn't find to have aged well. It really is as much a joy to read now as it was in 1978.

    As for White's trilogy, A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty and The Farewell Symphony, those to me are classics.

    I wonder why none of David Leavitt's books appear on the list. Perhaps it's because While England Sleeps, possibly the best of his novels, was withdrawn from the market after the poet Stephen Spender successfully sued /Leavitt defamation, despite the fact that Spender, while he eventually married, was widely known to be gay. If I remember correctly the was republished in a modified (that is a 'censored') edition. I own the original.

    •  Agree strongly on Holleran's (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge

      Dancer from the Dance.

      Published very close to the same time as Larry Kramer's Faggots.

      Of the two, I thought Holleran captured the essence.  Dancer is still fresh, beautifully written, at times crushingly sad, and often hilarious.  

      It deserves to be a film.

      I like to think Malone did not die in the fire at the baths.  

      •  I recently re-read (2+ / 0-)
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        Faggots. It was funny at times but ultimately didn't hold up very well.

        I've always wondered why Dancer From the Dance never became a movie; I've little doubt that someone, at some point has held the movie rights. It often been the case, particularly with widely-read gay novels; case in point being Patricia Nell Warren's The Front Runner. It predates most of the post-Stonewall novels, was hugely popular (the first gay-themed novel ever to make the New York Times best seller list) when it was published and was optioned almost immediately but to this day no movie has ever been made.

        •  Yes -- excellent example on the Warren novel. (1+ / 0-)
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          By many rights it should have been made a long time ago, but we're still waiting.  

          Perceptions have shifted, too, quite a bit.  I think a film of The Front Runner would be a chance for some talented people to make a landmark film.  It would likely be the opening night feature at every LGBTQ film festival in the world, too.  And it would really piss off Jim Dobson.

    •  I liked most of Leavitt's books and White's (1+ / 0-)
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      A Boy's Own Story is one of my faves.

      I agree with you about While England Sleeps. It's a great read. The last of his books I read was The Indian Clerk...as much about math and pre-world War I England as anything, but with the requisite gay themes.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:06:47 PM PST

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