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I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this book. The premise, "How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World" seemed so tantalizing and promising.
Sadly there was really nothing good about it.
I don't have the stomach to write a NY Times Book Review-length review. Suffice it to say that any book on Gay Culture that manages to omit any mention of Patricia Highsmith, the Stonewall riots, Mark Cherry, Billy Crystal in "Soap", the Odd Couple, and Will and Grace hardly deserves any serious consideration.
Worse, the narrator has the most pretentious British accent but insisted on pronouncing any Spanish or French name in the proper accent of that language. OK, I thought. But it got completely ridiculous when he pronounced Vincent Minelli (Vin-cent Min-el-ly) as Vin-chenzo Minelli. Minelli was an American who did not use the Italian version of his name.
But the book itself is barely more than a list, long and boring, of any gay person from 1880 to 2000. No real depth as to what they contributed except that they were gay.
Finally, the author uses a phrase that doesn't make any sense although many gay-right's groups use it.
He talks about "Gay men and Lesbian women." What could Lesbians be but women. The phrase should be Gay men and women, or Gays, or Gay men and Lesbians. But Gay men and Lesbian women is not just redundant, it is stupid.