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The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White
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Aug 16, 2008

really liked it

I confess, I've always secretly wanted to read those "sex tips from gay men" books. Thank God I discovered Edmund White. Juicy gossip couched in what Jonathan Franzen would call "high art literary tradition". A guilty pleasure without the guilt. Yet the book rewards on so many other levels. Dare I say, there is wisdom in this book: on sex, on aging, on beauty, on writing. From dining with Foucault in Paris to trolling for rough trade in Venice to the angst of socially identifying oneself as a writer before publishing anything, White never shies away from illuminating his all-too-human frailties.
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