Edmund White And Larry Kramer Buried The Hatchet

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And the entire LGBT community can rest a little easier.

In the new Gay & Lesbian Review, author Edmund White says:

"Kramer is notoriously provocative.

"Larry was resentful that I was away living in Paris in the middle of the AIDS crisis.

"And he was pissed off that I had written a biography of Jean Genet when every gay writer should have been focusing on AIDS.

"In response, Larry decided to attack my book and denounce me to the public even before the book came out in America."

But since then, adds White, "we've buried the hatchet" -- hopefully in Rick Santorum's back.

Meanwhile, White might be stirring up a whole other feud by telling the magazine what he thought of the movie A Single Man.

"I liked Colin Firth, " he said, "but felt the film was a lot like a Tom Ford fashion ad.

"But then, I'm very attracted to the book."



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Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Serendipity is mine as we screened Women In Love over the weekend and Amazon just delivered Mr. White's latest.  I ponder Mr. Kramer time and again when faced with queer ethical matters.  I wish we had a passionate Act Up but perhaps we actually do and it has metamorphosed into Occupy oppressors wherever statement is heard.  The thought of zero friction among artists hits an odd note.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Larry Kramer is still relevant. White is another poncey poof who makes money chanting gay-gay-gay at book festivals - Will & Grace style. I saw him in Europe and foudn no redeeming quality in anything he had to say, or his 'I got buttf*cked in leather by a hustler after doing lots of coke* unoriginal novel.  

Instead of being 'attracted' to Isherwood's' literary masterpiece, perhaps he should read it. Although I agree with the film observation.

nostradavid
nostradavid

If I could have lived in Paris in the early '90s and written "Genet A Biography" I would have.Tom Ford's movie prompted me to seek out "Where Joy Resides: A Christopher Isherwood reader" at the library.A good movie always spurs renewed interest in the source.Imagine what a Tom Ford biopic of Genet would do for Edmund's book.

Zone
Zone

"The film was a lot like a Tom Ford fashion ad."

That's what I loved about it!

Izzy
Izzy

Larry has moved on to promoting his old play about AIDS and selling it to the movies.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

If true, I'm glad that these two great writers are friends again.

But what does Larry Kramer say?

Punkeisha
Punkeisha

Are you kidding? White's short biography of Proust is a gem. His huge biography of Genet is a masterpiece. His memoir City Boy manages to be both gossipy and beautifully written. His many novels are superb, but especially The Beautiful Room Is Empty and A Boy's Own Story.

Larry Kramer has one play, A Normal Heart, that recommends him. That and his activism. And don't even let's get started on Kramer's anti-sex horrorshow novel Faggots!

On a literary level, he can't hold Edmund White's jock, girl!

Deity
Deity

Some of White's reminiscences are quite rivetingly written. I wouldn't just dismiss him like that.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

I'd rather have Laryy's 'old play' than your tired attitude any day.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

First of all, I'm not a female, please don't call me 'girl'.

Second, without Genet, Proust, Rimbaud's c*cks to suck, 'literarily' White'd be shooting blanks. White can't stand on his own, so must write about and borrow others' genius. 'Beautiful Room' is a tedious retelling of 'A Boys..' - granted 'A Boys...' was his one brilliant piece of work. Problem is, like with his memoir, he has nothing else to say. Being an HIV+ crackhead in leather is so 1995.

YEs, Kramer has one play. Thankfully, he hasn't tried to create a vanilla bandwagon filled with junk like White. And his play is very relevant, and still has teeth. His novel is credible and relevant too, since well, HIV seroconversions are back to 80s levels in most Western cities amongst 20-somethings - oddly, ironically, the very group that quickly dismisses anything 'historical' and anything 'old'.

Truthfully, they aren;t even in the same arena, so this comparison is silly, except in terms of relevance and quality. I prefer work that matters, as opposed to work that entertains. Enjoy your cake.

Punkeisha
Punkeisha

I'd rather have Tony Kushner's great plays than Larry Kramer's nasty attitude any day.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

oh diddums, a little reality too much for ya?  I hear Disney is good for that too...

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