The Culture of Desire: Paradox and Perversity in Gay Lives Today

The Culture of Desire: Paradox and Perversity in Gay Lives Today

by Frank Browning
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

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"The Culture of Desire is absolutely cutting edge—a portrait of modern sexual politics [that] should be required reading."—Armistead Maupin

"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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a meditative, journalistic odyssey through the gay male subculture, Browning, a former reporter for National Public Radio, probes the roots of gay rage as he joins Queer Nation protest rallies in suburban malls and talks with health-care activist Jim Corti, who makes unauthorized drugs available to people with AIDS. Browning interviews gay men in rural Kentucky, where he grew up, and in Miami's Cuban enclave. He tours the freewheeling, resuscitated gay sexual undergrounds of Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. He also visits safer-sex clubs, analyzes homoerotic images in the gay press and samples the ritualized gatherings of gays at Fire Island, N.Y., and at the twice-yearly ``Hollywood Boy Party'' in Palm Springs, Calif. Browning, who is gay himself, maintains that most homosexuals share a core belief: ``Our friends are our family.'' Yet he harbors doubts about whether the lifestyle of urban gays constitutes an actual culture comparable to black, Jewish or Asian-American communities. A sensitive, searching inquiry. (Mar.)
Library Journal
A former National Public Radio reporter who covered the AIDS epidemic, Browning has produced a biting portrait of contemporary gay society. Writing as both observer and participant, he meticulously and perceptively probes issues of queer activism, sexuality, spirituality, family, and community. In contrast to Gilbert Herdt's Gay Culture in America ( LJ 12/91), this book openly questions the existence of a gay culture in the United States. Does the urban gay lifestyle constitute a culture comparable to those of such racial and ethnic minorities as African Americans, Hispanics, and Jews, asks the author, or is it a transitory phenomenon? Browning also examines the impact of the AIDS epidemic upon the survival of gay culture. His analysis of gay society will prove a definitive resource for future research on gay culture in America. A superlative addition to gay studies collections in academic and larger public libraries.-- Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679750307
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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