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Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter
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Mar 21, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: memoir, queer, sucked
Read in July, 2011

Mr. Hunter is a homophobe with no capacity for self-reflection.

His autobiography was so dissapointing. His life story has some interesting contradictions. Like the fact that he's a gay man and a devout Catholic. Or that he was a closeted teen heartthrob. But he doesn't really touch on any of this.

I read this book hoping to get some insight into gay life before queer liberation. I mean, this guy was on the gay scene pre-Stonewall. He was even arrested by the police just because he was at a house party with a bunch of other gay guys! But decades later he doesn't seem to mind too much. He does turn up his nose at gay activism, though. And he managed to get in some veiled homophobic slurs against other gay men he's dealt with in his life.

He talks a lot about resenting his audience for not appreciating him for more than his looks. Well, after reading this book I don't know if Mr. Hunter has much depth to appreciate.
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