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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980 - File 014. 1980-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 26, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1175/show/1171.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript BOOKS MORE THAN FRIENDS t>s «««> Turk REVIEWED BY LARS EIGHNER George Orwell was extremely fond of the term "good bad books." Bad books are books which are not Literature Bad books are the books which even the very literate resort to for amusement, rather than edification. Unfortunately, Literature contains such tomes as Silas Marner, The Scarlet Letter and numerous others which would never be seen by the modern reader, save for their being Required Reading. P.G. Wodehouse was one of Orwell's favorite good bad authors. A. Conan Doyle is certainly one of the best bad authors. Unfortunately, the present age in American letters seems to have fallen on a dearth of good bad writing. Even the British seem to be at a loss. Possibly, Agatha Christie was the last of the good bad writers. Of course, bad books abound. The trouble is that none of them are very good. Harold Robbins keeps the market well-supplied with mediocre bad books. Today's example: More Than Friends by Ruth Turk, has got to be among the worst bad books. Many very good bad books use stock characters. But Ms. Turk's formula for chicken will scarcely do:; one slightly-built boy who is a bit too pretty and has an overprotective mother and a distant father figure. Her recipe for chicken hawk: one otherwise heterosexual man in his late-thirties with two daughters, a bitchy older sister, a domineering mother, a distant father, and a career in physical education. These might do very well for secondary characters who bow in and out of good bad books, along with the mercenary Jew, the Italian Mafioso, the shuffling Black, the healthy but dull Swede, and all the other stereotypes. But Muzz Ruth hopes to create a novel based on this wooden pair. She overlooks one of the trump cards of good bad writers, the development of memorable central characters. Good bad writers draw very good characters, which often live to outshine their creators. After all, CONNECTIONS: 13 ■Sherlock Holmes survived to fight Hitler - although in cinema form - long after Conan Doyle was in his grave and unable to aid the realm of which he was a knight. Ms. Turk's chicken and hawk hardly last to the last page. That leaves story-line for the bad writer to fall back on. Here we have a very old-one. In chapter one, man meets boy. From there, it is only a question of time. The time required is 124 pages. Then, of course, there is the guilt. That takes another 123 pages. The love-making rivals Tess of the D'Urbervilles for complete obfuscation. Ms. Turk, having twice missed, strikes out by avoiding the last possible source of reader interest available to the bad writer. There is no pornography here. I believe I have actually read this bad book three or four times. The others were much better. Check the paperback rack for covers with a chicken, a tanned, athletic man, and a shrewish woman and you will find several versions of it, too. Ms. Turk writes an advice column for a Florida newspaper. I hope she uses greater insight and has a better understanding of male sexuality - straight, gay and in-between - in the column than she displays here. One supposes her lovelorn readers do not mind her prose style very much. Bantam Books. $2.50 RECKONING On my back porch you can breathe the air slowly - that's the best way - and inhale the scent of the wet woods as it pours in deeply - it'11 clear your head. You don't even have to try. When it's dark the candle flickers and the crickets sing usually the same melody, steady, constant. Sometimes they keep time with the ebb tide of cars far below down the hill and the green stops where the grey begins. - Wade Vernon "I iust want you to see how much a hoy can fall in lore with Little League!
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