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The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

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“Funny how a gay man’s hand resting heavily on your shoulder used to say let’s fuck but now means let’s not. Funny how ostensible nearness really betrays distance sometimes.” —from The Nearness of Others



In this radical, genre-bending narrative, David Caron tells the story of his 2006 HIV diagnosis and its aftermath. On one level, The Nearness of Others is a personal accoun
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 21st 2014 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published May 1st 2014)
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willowdog
Feb 05, 2016 willowdog rated it it was ok
It is about HIV, the author is gay, he does write of his experience of being HIV--given all this, I thought that I would really enjoy this work. However, this "genre-bending" narrative includes thoughts, ramblings, personal observations that appear to jump into the mind of the author and that have little to do with the title, or if they do, it is a leap in the author's mind. This is the second book I've read this year where the author doesn't keep to topic. He
appears to just be filling up the pa
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Emilia P
Apr 22, 2014 Emilia P rated it liked it
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Read for LJ. There's a lot of great moments in here -- it's a thought piece. There's stuff about the actual experience of diagnosis and divulgence, but also about 9-11, camp, the ways expression of gay male sexuality has changed since the height of the AIDS epidemic and how there's some cultural amnesia about it, and it's really good and interesting. I think this book could be excellent if it dropped some of the academic pretense and structured itself just a little more accessibly. You could ...more
Michael
Dec 22, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
In many ways Caron is expanding into a new genre of writing -- literary criticism blended with creative nonfiction. The text is simultaneously complex and accessible, offering a clear and distinct voice about what it means to become HIV+ in the 21st century.
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Lori
Dec 01, 2015 Lori added it
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Did not finish. Not really what I expected, was more of a memoir than the discussion on the virus.
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