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Publisher Comments:

For two years, Philip Gambone traveled the length and breadth of the United States, talking candidly with LGBTQ people about their lives. In addition to interviews from David Sedaris, George Takei, Barney Frank, and Tammy Baldwin, Travels in a Gay Nation brings us lesser-known voices—a retired Naval officer, a transgender scholar and “drag king,” a Princeton philosopher, two opera sopranos who happen to be lovers, an indie rock musician, the founder of a gay frat house, and a pair of Vermont garden designers.

    In this age when contemporary gay America is still coming under attack, Gambone captures the humanity of each individual. For some, their identity as a sexual minority is crucial to their life’s work; for others, it has been less so, perhaps even irrelevant. But, whether splashy or quiet, center-stage or behind the scenes, Gambone’s subjects have managed—despite facing ignorance, fear, hatred, intolerance, injustice, violence, ridicule, or just plain indifference—to construct passionate, inspiring lives.

 

Finalist, Foreword Magazine’s Anthology of the Year

Outstanding Book in the High School Category, selected by the American Association of School Libraries

Best Book in Special Interest Category, selected by the Public Library Association

Book News Annotation:

Gambone (English, Boston U. Academy and Harvard Extension School) collects interviews with 44 gay activists and artists from around the US, such as David Sedaris, Dorothy Allison, Alison Bechdel, Zoe Dunning, George Takei, Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jennifer Higdon, and lesser-known individuals like a retired Naval officer, a transgender scholar, two opera sopranos, a gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and the founder of a gay frat house. He aims to share a wider variety of stories than those usually presented about LGBTQ people, drawing from different regions, occupations, races and ethnicities, religions, ideologies, and generations, to inspire others and let their voices be heard. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From Walt Whitman forward, a century and a half of radical experimentation and bold speech by gay and lesbian poets has deeply influenced the American poetic voice. In Our Deep Gossip, Christopher Hennessy interviews eight gay men who are celebrated American poets and writers: Edward Field, John Ashbery, Richard Howard, Aaron Shurin, Dennis Cooper, Cyrus Cassells, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Kazim Ali. The interviews showcase the complex ways art and life intertwine, as the poets speak about their early lives, the friends and communities that shaped their work, the histories of gay writers before them, how sex and desire connect with artistic production, what coming out means to a writer, and much more.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; While the conversations here cover almost every conceivable topic of interest to readers of poetry and poets themselves, the book is an especially important, poignant, far-reaching, and enduring document of what it means to be a gay artist in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America.

About the Author

Philip Gambone teaches English at Boston University Academy and at the Harvard Extension School. An award-winning essayist, journalist, and fiction writer, he is author of Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers and Beijing: A Novel, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword   

Acknowledgments   

Introduction   

Dorothy Allison       

Kwame Anthony Appiah       

Tammy Baldwin       

Christopher Barnhill       

Alison Bechdel       

Mandy Carter       

Jennifer Chrisler       

Beth Clayton and Patricia Racette       

Kate Clinton       

Judy Dlugacz       

Arthur Dong       

Mark Doty       

Zoe Dunning       

Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd       

Lillian Faderman       

Barney Frank       

Malik Gillani and Jamil Khoury       

Hillary Goodridge       

Judith (Jack) Halberstam       

Kim Crawford Harvie       

Scott Heim and Michael Lowenthal       

Jennifer Higdon       

Frank Kameny       

Randall Kenan       

Sharon Kleinbaum       

Andrew Lam       

Joan Larkin       

Stephin Merritt       

Greg Millett       

P. J. Raval       

Gene Robinson       

Richard Rodriguez       

David Sedaris       

Carl Siciliano       

Dean Spade       

George Takei       

Rachel Tiven       

Urvashi Vaid       

Modesto "Tico" Valle       

Russell van Kraayenburg   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299236847
Subtitle:
Portraits of LGBTQ Americans
Author:
Gambone, Philip
Author:
Bram, Christopher
Author:
Hennessy, Christopher
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Subject:
Lesbians -- United States.
Subject:
Gays -- United States.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies
Publication Date:
20100630
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 b/w photos
Pages:
308
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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"Synopsis" by , From Walt Whitman forward, a century and a half of radical experimentation and bold speech by gay and lesbian poets has deeply influenced the American poetic voice. In Our Deep Gossip, Christopher Hennessy interviews eight gay men who are celebrated American poets and writers: Edward Field, John Ashbery, Richard Howard, Aaron Shurin, Dennis Cooper, Cyrus Cassells, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Kazim Ali. The interviews showcase the complex ways art and life intertwine, as the poets speak about their early lives, the friends and communities that shaped their work, the histories of gay writers before them, how sex and desire connect with artistic production, what coming out means to a writer, and much more.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; While the conversations here cover almost every conceivable topic of interest to readers of poetry and poets themselves, the book is an especially important, poignant, far-reaching, and enduring document of what it means to be a gay artist in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America.
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