Edmund White
Forgetting Elena
The Joy of Gay Sex
Nocturnes for the King of Naples
States of Desire: Travels in Gay America
A Boy's Own Story
The Beautiful Room is Empty
Caracole
The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction
Genet: A Biography
The Burning Library
Our Paris: Sketches from Memory
Skinned Alive
The Farewell Symphony
Marcel Proust
The Married Man
Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS
The Flâneur
Fanny, A Fiction
Arts and Letters
My Lives: An Autobiography
Terra Haute
Chaos
Hotel de Dream
Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
City Boy
Sacred Monsters
Jack Holmes & His Friend
Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

 

Loss Within Loss:
Artists in the Age of AIDS
(2001)

"The essays in this book mark a void," writes noted novelist White in his introduction to this admirable volume, which commemorates the lives of dozens of artists who have died from AIDS. White, who edited the collection and commissioned most of the works, allows the 22 contributors to bear witness to their loss in their unique voices. Conventionality takes a backseat to searing honesty in Sarah Shulman's "Through the Looking Glass"—which praises the accomplishments of editor/writer Stan Leventhal even as it declares, "this guy could not really write"—and to the mix of barbs and accolades Craig Lucas brings to his evocation of lost lovers. Many of the authors blur the distinctions between memoir and biography; some rant, some gossip, some grieve. Many explore the transience of fame, the connections of outsider art to outlaw sexuality, the essence of a "gay aesthetic" and the meaning of friendship. In a stylistic manner, J.D. McClatchy limns his ambivalence about Paul Monette's public death (documented in the film Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End) and about James Merrill's secrecy about his illness. John Berendt interprets the artistry of Bruce Kelly, who designed New York City's Strawberry Fields, while Phillip Lopate gives a straight man's perspective on the life and work of avant-garde filmmaker Warren Sonbert. White, who knew many of the profiled artists, lucidly places these portraits and others into a broader context. With a selection of accompanying photographs, this book is an important contribution to the history of AIDS's effect on gay life and culture.

 

 

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