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  •  It seems to me that there are two kinds of firsts (5+ / 0-)

    The first book with gay content and the first book CHOSEN because of its gay content.

    I can safely make that distinction. I read Naked Lunch when I was a college freshman. At the time I was only vaguely aware that I might, perhaps, not be heterosexual. I read it because of its overall raciness, its use of forbidden language and its drug references and its notorious legal history. The gay scenes were confusing to me, to put it mildly, probably much as the hustler scenes in City of Night were to you Dave.

    The first book I chose for its gay content was not fiction. It was Isherwood's memoir Christopher and His Kind which appeared right around the time I was tromping out of the closet.

    If you want to get technical, I was able to get myself out of the closet by reading Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, particularly those sections which dealt with the primacy of emotion over reason. In other words it got me to accept my feelings. But I don't think I'd classify it as a "gay book." It might arguably be among the "books that changed my life." Funny how this never occurs to me when that particular feature appears here.

    •  And now I'm going to read a book YOU suggested (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Monsieur Georges, Brecht, sfbob

      Growing up Jewish we're expected to know about Spinoza, but READ him? Thank you, because this should be a reciprocal exchange.

      -7.75, -8.10; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Dave in Northridge on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:22:02 PM PST

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      •  Good luck! :) (3+ / 0-)

        I was still in graduate school and studying philosophy when I attempted Spinoza. I don't know that I'd have the patience, let alone the requisite brain cells, to read him now.

        In the (unlikely?) event that you have read Ludwig Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein's first book was intentionally  organized in the same manner as Spinoza's Tractatus (and was given a similar title), in numbered statements intended to represent steps in a logical argument.

        Wittgenstein. Gay. But you knew that, right? He was severely tortured by his sexuality and in fact distanced himself from Bertrand Russell, one of his teachers who he greatly admired, because of his discomfort with himself and his attractions.

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