Though many in the gay community strive to be accepted into mainstream society, assimilation is watering down a once vibrant culture, rendering it as bland as a production of Streetcar without Blanche Dubois. As corporate America opens its arms and the gay population comes running, the commercialization of gay culture makes it conventionalimagine Valley of the Dolls with M&M's.
In this provocative, brilliantly reasoned book, charged throughout with a penetrating eye and stinging wit, Daniel Harris examines the many shadings of the gay experience as they have evolved over time, including the demise of camp and kink, the evolution of personal ads, the origins of the underwear revolution, the changing face of porn and glossy magazines, the morph of drag queens and leathermen, and the marketing of AIDS as commodity.
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More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book several months ago. It does have some good content and some of the 'bits of history' are very interesting. However, the author is extremely flamboyant in his writing style. The book is full of colorful descriptive words that, at times, take attention away from the subject matter. The author is also very long winded. I have never seen so many long sentences. All in all, I think the book is ok and the author writes well. I do, however, feel the editor needs to do a lot more work with this book.