An Army of Ex-lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
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This is a vivid, funny portrait of the four tumultuous years a young editor spent working in the gay press. the late 1970s, writes Amy Hoffman in this memoir of gay liberation before AIDS, before gay weddings, and before The L Word. Provocative, informative, inspiring, and absurd, with a small circulation but a huge influence, Gay Community News produced a generation of leaders, writers, and friends. In addition to capturing the heady atmosphere of the times - the victories, controversies, and tragedies - Hoffman's memoir is also her personal story, written with wit and insight, of growing up in a political movement; of her deepening relationships with charismatic, talented, and sometimes utterly weird coworkers; and of trying to explain it all to her large Jewish family.
 

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Contents

The Mystical Hiring Committee of Life
1
My Yale College and My Harvard
11
Cynthia Goddess of the Moon
18
The First to Go
29
Beginnings
35
The Saints and Somewhere
43
Over the Rainbow
59
The Swan Princes
78
The Death of David Brill
87
An Army of ExLovers
99
The Nude Boy Controversy
110
God Bless the Child
124
The Rage Warehouse
136
The Fire
147
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
165
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An editor of Gay Community News from 1978 to 1982, Amy Hoffman is the author of Hospital Time, a memoir about taking care of friends with AIDS. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts and is currently the editor of Women's Review of Books.

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