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Title Houston Voice, No. 754, April 7, 1995
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date April 7, 1995
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 10 HOUSTON VOICE/ APRIL 7, 1995 $99 THREE MONTHS Unlimited Tanning Jf CENTER 918-AN. Durham 802-9373 HEIGHTS iNNING Love And Life Among The Yuppies ("Just as I Am" by E. Lynn Harris, $10.95 paperback, Anchor Books, 1994, 368 pages). From porn to politics to prose, gay writing continues to develop toward a more, shall we say, mainstream type...though God knows a fair amount of "straight" fiction seems headed in the opposite direction. The arguments, pro and con, over ihe mainstreaming of "gay" fiction is one of those things over which endless cups of cafe lane can be and are consumed. Nevertheless, ihe ma instreaming beat goes on. "Just as 1 am," ihe second novel by Mr. Harris, is a mainstreaming attempt to explore a territory in which few of us have any experience—gay, black urban professionals, a subset of a subset of a subset. Mr. Harris deserves credit for making this anthropological sounding study human and interesting, and noi jusi polemical, ihough there is the occasional de rigueur political statement about gay rights or the AIDS crisis. The novel's theme is "lessons on lust, loss, love, and life" as demonstrated by the novel main protagonist, Raymond, a closeted lawyer in Atlanta, who is going through the usual hell of looking for true love.The novel chronicles his life as he moves progressively from lust, a torrid affair with a paranoid "'straight" pro football player, through the loss to AIDS of his friend Kyle, to finally finding the life partner IN A WORLD OF RITUALS, IN A PLACE OF SECRETS, A MAN MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN KEEPING THE FAITH AND EXPOSING THE TRUTH. "The Most Intelligent, Insightful And Entertaining Movie Thus Far This Year!" Thelma Adams. NEW YORK TOST 'An Electrifying Powerhouse of Emotion!" -Rex Reed. NEW YORK OBSERVER '****! Astonishing! Passionate and hypnotic -Bruce Williamson. PLAYBOY 'The Most Enjoyable Film So Far This Year!" Or*£?*£?nvi***wy3 • 626-0403 he wants so desperately. During this progression Raymond also deals with such problems as his possible bisexuality, therapy, and coming more or less out of the closet. The novel is successful in making us care aboul the joys and pains of the characters. Kyle, the flaming New York queen, is especially delicious. The author is a storyteller. "Just as I am" is a good read. Mr. Harris also attempts some rather interesiing effects in his novel. Fur example, ihe story line aciually has two narrators, the other being Nicole, a successful siraighi Broadway actress who Raymond, in a period of confusion, romanced and, once, had sex with. Nicole is going through the same lust-loss— love odyssey as Raymond with the iwisi thai she no longer trusts men. fearing all are bisexual and incapable of loyalty. This double hero-heroine format is. in Mr. Harris' hands, much less confusing than it sounds. The two narrators provide a siereo view of events. Bisexualily is a major issue Nicole considers herself, in some extreme way. betrayed. Raymond calls himself a "sexual mulaiio," a nice phrase, lo express his confusion and guili over what he is and wants. Though ihe novel makes it clear that Raymond is gay, he does have twinges. Family and societal pressures can make twinges major problems. The auihor makes the interesting point thai while gays have a problem with commitment and long term loyalty, bisexuals must have an even greater problem. The playing field is larger There's a double set of rules. "Will ihe real me please siand up!" Gosh, and I ihought hem;: guy was hard. The novel does have some problems, the main one being that some issues which are addressed are never really explored One topic which is i ides wiped is religion The title of the bonk is also the title of a famous hymn, and several .it the charac ters go to church, have prayer partners. and so forth Religion is a major pari of Southern life, even Southern yuppies, hui. of course, (hose Old Tesi ;i me n i injunctions DO keep cropping up. The issue is never adequately resolved Instead, ihe characters mumble aboui "acceptance" and move on A second problem is sex. Sex for sex. without commitment, which happens VF.RY infrequently, is described in ihe usual twentieth century style. Sex among ihe committed, even LESS frequent, is described wilh words such as "member." Perhaps such Victor) anism enhances ihe value of the Teal" experience. Perhaps. Even more curiously. Raymond considers chastity to be the greatest expression of love in the age of AIDS. So. we have at least two instances of where loving, not to say horny committed couples express their deepest feelings by sleeping naked together without sex. Indeed, the ultimate seems to be the capacity to. babylike, drift blissfully off to sleep while cuddled with ihe object of your desire. Excuse me? I thought only Albigensian elders did such things. Maybe I'm missing a major trend here, bui 1 think not. Finally, there are some unrealities in Ihe book. Raymond puts a law firm partnership offer on hold and continues 10 collect what seems 10 be close to a sirs fig ure salary while taking off half a yeai to care for ihe dying Kyle. Everybody is handsome and/or beautiful. Despite everybody's paranoia, virtually all ihe heteros are sensitive, warm and supporting Obviously, [ should have listened to my Mom and became a Yuppie There are some mistakes in ihe book— grammar and typos. Somebody at Anchor is not doing his/her job Bui thai is a minor irritation Mr Harris writes gracefully and well and he had told an interesting story. (Editor's note: Author E. Lynn Harris was scheduled to appear in Houston for a book-signing event Thursday evening, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Crossroads Market & Bookstore, 610 West Ala barna).
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