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Is there such a thing as an American gay culture--a set of styles, values, and behaviors that arises not from ethnicity or religion but from sexual orientation? How is that culture transmitted? And how is it likely to survive the depradations of homophobia and AIDS? These questions are explored by Browning, a reporter for NPR.
"One of the most honest and provocative nonfiction books ever published on the contemporary life of gay men in America. Browning delves into not only the controversial sexuality of gay men, but also their deepest emotional strivings for community, family, and spiritual connection...This book documents our lives and examines the big question about the meaning of life, death, love, and human community."--Jeffrey Escoffier, Publisher, OUT LOOK: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly
|Prologue: "Can I Meet People?...Is It Dying?"||1|
|1||Mystery, Plot, and Remembrance: A Boy on the Dock and Other Intimations of Desire||11|
|2||Queer Rage: "We're Here! We're Queer! Get Used to It!"||26|
|3||Celebutantes: Fabricating the Fabulous Man||55|
|4||Spirit and Transgression: Looking for Ecstasy in the Penetrated Man||74|
|5||From Front Lines to Home Front: Reclaiming the Queer Body||106|
|6||Reconstructing the Extended Family: Personal Freedom and the Community Household||134|
|7||Parties, Pageants, Parades: Rituals of Deliverance||160|
|8||The Terror of Touching||185|
|9||Paradox and Perversity: "What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion."||204|
Posted June 6, 2005
This book is an excellent book for those who think that a gay life is easy. This book is also a great book for those who are undecided to go out and express themselves about how they feel in this nation of 'Freedom' Many people think is an easy job to go out and hide but its not this books shows the many ways a gay life is not easy but is not bad either.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.