While the World Sleeps: Writing from the First Twenty Years of the Gobal AIDS Plague

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An estimated 40 million people live with HIV, the precursor virus to AIDS, the most devastating disease that humankind has ever faced. Most people with HIV will die of the disease within the decade, and in Africa, where in the sub-Saharan states HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death, over two million people died in 2001 alone. AIDS has profoundly changed the world. Now in AIDS: A World Changed, longtime gay journalist and author Chris Bull has assembled a landmark collection that will be necessary reading for a ...

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Overview

An estimated 40 million people live with HIV, the precursor virus to AIDS, the most devastating disease that humankind has ever faced. Most people with HIV will die of the disease within the decade, and in Africa, where in the sub-Saharan states HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death, over two million people died in 2001 alone. AIDS has profoundly changed the world. Now in AIDS: A World Changed, longtime gay journalist and author Chris Bull has assembled a landmark collection that will be necessary reading for a broad and diverse constituency, from public health students and professionals to academics, activists, policy makers, and the millions whose lives have been indelibly marked by the epidemic. Included are essays, polemics, fiction, and investigative journalism—pieces that helped us to understand the epidemic and its ramifications and that have withstood the test of time—including Larry Kramer's incendiary manifesto "1,112 and Counting," and selections from Mark Schoofs's Pulitzer prize–winning series AIDS: The Agony of Africa and from Tony Kushner's Angels in America. This long-overdue collection also includes the most important writing on AIDS by Michael Bronski, Gabriel Rotello, Jeffrey Escoffier, Cindy Patton, Randy Shilts, Michael Callen, Susan Sontag, Paul Monette, Donna Minkowitz, Barbara Smith, Amber Hollibaugh, Gore Vidal, Jeffrey Schmaltz, Michaelangelo Signorile, Judith Valente, and many others.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781560254393
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals 3
1,112 and Counting 7
Equal to Murderers 21
The New Right 25
The Terrifying Normalcy of AIDS 43
Is the Rectum a Grave? 47
The Impact of AIDS on the Artistic Community 73
White Nights 77
The Absence of Anger 97
from Borrowed Time 105
AIDS in Blackface 109
from AIDS and its Metaphors 127
from Burning Desires 137
AIDS and Politics: Transformation of Our Movement 155
A Manhattan Project for AIDS 161
Esthetics and Loss 165
Stop the Church 171
Seize Control of the FDA 179
Going for the Gold 185
Sex, Drugs, Rock-n-Roll, and AIDS 189
Love Story 193
Address on AIDS at the Democratic National Convention 207
Address on AIDS at the Republican National Convention 209
Roy Cohn 213
How Illness Has Affected Me as a Woman and a Wife 215
Eloquence and Epitaph 221
Whatever Happened to AIDS? 241
Letters to the Dead 255
To My Readers 261
Political Funerals 269
from My Own Country 279
The Ninth Dive 289
Lights, Camera ... Death 295
These Waves of Dying Friends 307
A Vision of the Quilt 321
The Art of Losing 327
AIDS: The Agony of Africa 339
Moscow Dispatch 357
Look At Brazil 361
India's Plague 379
Can AIDS Be Stopped? 401
Infected Cells 413
Permissions 419
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