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
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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The sleeve note has this as extremely funny - sorry Will - wasted on me. I finished reading it - but why I couldn't tell you - just stubborn I guess Read full review

QUEER STREET: The Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985

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A brilliant account of the evolution of modern gay culture in post-WWII New York.Not that such things can be pinpointed with any precision. "Queer Street," as McCourt (Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver ... Read full review

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