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  •  Agree strongly on Holleran's (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge

    Dancer from the Dance.

    Published very close to the same time as Larry Kramer's Faggots.

    Of the two, I thought Holleran captured the essence.  Dancer is still fresh, beautifully written, at times crushingly sad, and often hilarious.  

    It deserves to be a film.

    I like to think Malone did not die in the fire at the baths.  

    •  I recently re-read (2+ / 0-)
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      Remediator, Dave in Northridge

      Faggots. It was funny at times but ultimately didn't hold up very well.

      I've always wondered why Dancer From the Dance never became a movie; I've little doubt that someone, at some point has held the movie rights. It often been the case, particularly with widely-read gay novels; case in point being Patricia Nell Warren's The Front Runner. It predates most of the post-Stonewall novels, was hugely popular (the first gay-themed novel ever to make the New York Times best seller list) when it was published and was optioned almost immediately but to this day no movie has ever been made.

      •  Yes -- excellent example on the Warren novel. (1+ / 0-)
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        Dave in Northridge

        By many rights it should have been made a long time ago, but we're still waiting.  

        Perceptions have shifted, too, quite a bit.  I think a film of The Front Runner would be a chance for some talented people to make a landmark film.  It would likely be the opening night feature at every LGBTQ film festival in the world, too.  And it would really piss off Jim Dobson.

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