Queer Street: Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985 : Excursions in the Mind of the Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Social Science - 577 pages
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Beginning with the influx of liberated veterans into downtown New York in the golden age before McCarthyism, Queer Street tells the explosive story of gay culture in the latter half of the 20th century. his own homosexual experience against the whirlwind history of the era, summoning a pageant of characters that includes Harry Hay, Judy Garland, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Truman Capote amongst many others. Village, McCourt highlights the major events fo the period: the landmark eruption at the Stonewall Inn; the AIDS crisis that brought an end to the bathhouse culture; the ascendancy of the Christian right; and finally the social acceptance of gays that paradoxically marked the demise of queer culture.
 

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Within a very few pages of this glittering mirror ball of a memoir, novelist and story writer McCourt (Time Remaining) makes clear his assertion that history, like memory, is a lie. What, then, are ... Read full review

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James McCourt is the author of Mawrdew Czgowchwz, Time Remaining, Delancey's Way, Now Voyagers: The Night Sea Journey and Queer Street. He has contributed to the Yale Review, The New Yorker, and the Paris Review. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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