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  •  Well, in all fairness, (3+ / 0-)
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    FogCityJohn, slksfca, commonmass

    he wrote better than most of those Violet Quill guys.  

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:46:02 AM PDT

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    •  I must respectfully disagree (4+ / 0-)
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      corvo, FogCityJohn, slksfca, commonmass

      Some of them are excellent writers; others might have become excellent writers had they not passed away too soon.

      I find Kramer's writing in Faggots to be clunky, dated and generally obnoxious. I don't think it read all that well even in 1978 when it was published, which is probably why it became a best-seller but you would think someone capable of garnering an Academy Award nomination for a movie script ("Women in Love") and who later went on to write a couple of terrific plays would be a better fiction writer.

      •  De gustibus etc. (3+ / 0-)
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        FogCityJohn, slksfca, commonmass

        But I do draw the line at Ferro (appalling self-worship) and early Edmund White (pretentious stylistic failures).  :-)

        Holleran ain't half bad, although his desolation has to be taken in small doses.

        I'll admit that Faggots reads as if it had been written in one sitting, and that citing it doesn't set the bar terribly high.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:28:00 PM PDT

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