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As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together.
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At the University of Michigan I wrote another gay novel (remember this was in the late 1950s), this one a picaresque, would-be comedy about a rich boy who falls in love with his poor half-brother.
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Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms, the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great.
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But if all these things were the bits of tinsel and straw I made my nest out of, the way I felt while I worked was strangely different.
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I abandoned fiction for playwriting then for a number of years before taking it up again to write The Beautiful Room Is Empty in the mid-1960s.
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I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially since I already write novels, nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game, arbitrary as those rules might be.
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I never considered myself a company man. I rushed home from work to my apartment on MacDougal Street, ate something and promptly went to bed. At eleven I would rise, dress as a hippie, and head out for the bars.
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I quickly discovered that I wrote best when I had an audience to read out loud to soon after the completion of my latest, hottest pages.
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I sometimes feel I've encouraged in my minor way two or three meretricious tendencies, especially - the cult of the writer, the ghettoization of literature according to minority group status.
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I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism my experimental technique.
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I think that there are empty ecological niches in the literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book more or less fills a niche it's seized on, even when it's a far from perfect fit.
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I was in my mid-thirties, I'd quit the only steady job I'd ever had (Time-Life Books staff writer) to devote myself to fiction, but in fact I was spending most of my energy ghostwriting college textbooks to pay my rent.
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I wrote quite a bit of it on Fire Island, probably in 1969 (hence the reference somewhere to bellbottom trousers).
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If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't write today a very jazzy, contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire.
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In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed, even though it was received as such. The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher, the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience, etc.
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It was at this time I wrote two entirely different works, The Joy of Gay Sex and Nocturnes for the King of Naples.
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It's pathetic that someone like Genet, who spent his whole life reversing ordinary values, should end up as fodder for such rusty, blustery cannons - not even loose ones, but ones thoroughly grounded.
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Madness, puritanism, a fearless attraction towards the more extreme forms of sex and a simultaneous hatred of the flesh - these were some of the themes of this book. I liked it so much that ten years later I dramatized it.
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Mind you, Forgetting Elena certainly has its sociological side, but it's a sociology I invented - much as I would later do with Caracole.
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Of course the success of A Boy's Own Story took me utterly off guard.
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The first version of The Beautiful Room Is Empty was the first mss. I'd ever submitted to New York editors.
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The very next book I wrote was an entirely new departure for me, Forgetting Elena.
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There was a certain hum that would be generated by the book when I was writing well; I'd stop working the instant that hum snapped off.
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These rejections hurt me terribly because I felt it was my life that was being rejected.
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Whereas fiction is a continual discovery of what one wants to say, what one feels, what one means, and is, in that sense, a performance art, biography requires different skills - research and organization.
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With my gaudy, exotic material I wanted to create large, dreamy constructions that would not be decorative but powerfully expressive.
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