Saturday, February 25, 2012
Come and see me (even if you already have the book).
Little Professor is located at 2717 18th St. S. in Homewood.
Copies of Those Others will be available.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Here's the beginning of a scene where Michael first begins to read the articles from the Washington Post, alone in his room. Remember, this is 1965.
After dinner, he returned to his room, poured himself a glass, and pulled the Sunday newspaper from beneath the mattress where he had hidden it in fear that someone would see it. He began reading.
Those Others: A Report on Homosexuality
This series of articles would not have been written five years ago. Then, a frank and open discussion of homosexuality would have been impossible. It was a topic not to be mentioned in polite society or public print because it could be distasteful, embarrassing and disturbing.
“This is supposed to make me feel better about myself?” he questioned himself out loud.
In the first few paragraphs, homosexuality was compared to mental illness and venereal disease, and referred to as the problem of homosexuality, yet offered Michael some hope by admitting that myths and misconceptions cloud any discussion of the “problem,” and that it might be time to reappraise our laws and attitudes.
He read that some homosexuals lead double lives and marry and have children, and thought of the senator from out west who had given him the paper he was holding. He continued reading.
One isolated homosexual experience doesn’t make a “homosexual” just as one drink doesn’t make an alcoholic.
He looked at the glass of scotch in his hand and asked himself “what about two isolated experiences? Or two drinks?”
He poured another glass.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Gay Debut Fiction
There is stiff competition among the 16 current submissions, and more are to come.
Awards will be announced in 2011.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The writing is sensitive. Michael does not “come out,” as we would know the term today. Instead, by realizing his sexuality, finding someone to build a life with, and later becoming aware of and a part of the struggle for civil rights—the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 is an underlying theme—he comes to accept himself and realizes he should have the same rights as everyone else.
Openshaw writes in a particularly beautiful passage: “He was totally immersed in the rapturous moments that led, for the first time, to a feeling of ease with his developing sexuality. Lying in bed, exhausted and naked, when he should have felt most vulnerable, he felt completely accepted and at peace.”
The review also notes the historical aspect of the book.
The historical aspect of the novel coincides with a groundbreaking—however dated by today’s standards—1965 series of articles that appeared in the Washington Post by Jean M. White. They open by saying that bringing up the topic of homosexuality in “polite society or public print” in 1965 would not have been possible in 1960.
Read the entire review here.