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Tim Murphy

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Tim Murphy is the author of the novels "Correspondents" and "Christodora," both published by Grove Atlantic. "Christodora" was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Under the name Timothy Murphy, he is also the author of the 1990s novels "Getting Off Clean" and "The Breeders Box." He has been for nearly 20 years a journalist focusing mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, for publications including the New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, the Nation, POZ magazine, and for the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. He was a founding member of the NYC-based activist groups Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist. He has taught journalism at City College of New York and currently teaches creative writing once weekly at Arts & Lett ...more

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Hi guys, this is Tim Murphy, the author. Not sure what your question is getting at, but speaking as someone who's reported on and written about HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years, there was a lag of many years between when HIV started circulating widely See Full Answer
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“She could feel the Melancholy Demon bearing down.”
Tim Murphy, Christodora

“Lying in the hotel bed, Hector conceded that, all through ’93, ’94, and ’95, an ever-widening river of good data, mixed with a steady ambient wash of self-importance, had anesthetized his grief. He’d needed that. But now a maw of emptiness and rage was opening beneath him. Idly, he rubbed his bare, trimmed chest beneath the sheets. He’d faithfully hit the gym through these past years of high-level consultancy, grunting out his misery over barbells and machines. His chest was broad and he wished beyond anything that the arm caressing it at this moment was Ricky’s, not his own. But that sunny, silly cutie, like a blond sliver of sunshine on the timeline that Hector envisioned as his life, had missed the drawbridge, along with Issy and Korie and a baleful lot of others. It had all happened in the very, very worst years of sickness and death, Clinton’s first term, overwhelming loss mingled confusingly with tidings of the coming respite.”
Tim Murphy, Christodora

“CouverPrtyBud: Wassup rican? RicanTopStud57: Wassup? CouverPrtyBud: You go out tonight? RicanTopStud57: Just dinner. In town for work. At the Hyatt. CouverPrtyBud: Nice. Want company? RicanTopStud57: Swap pics?”
Tim Murphy, Christodora


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message 4: by Tina

Tina Hi Tim, Yes, I loved 'Correspondents' and highly recommend it! It was picked for me by Willoughby books just in case you want to know.

message 3: by K.

K. Hi Tim -- Thanks for your note. I didn't know about your newest novel, "Correspondents." I'll check it out!

message 2: by Linda

Linda Tim, I'm tickled you asked to be my friend. I don't think I'm going to make Boston this year, but I'm working on coming to Massachusetts next spring. Christadora is already on my TBR and I'm eager to get to it. AND, I posted on FB already about your marvelous book (on two sites for readers including Booktopians). I've notified Northshire that his might be a good book for next Spring's Booktopia. I don't really have any pull with them, but the person in charge listened and responded to my suggestion. I was tickled that Jennifer Entwistle contacted you to be a part of Newburyport. We WILL meet up at some time. Tell Stephen that I said, "Hi."

message 1: by Ann

Ann Tim - I am honored to be your friend. I found both Christadora and Correspondents extremely well written, interesting to read and compelling in numerous ways. Believe it or not, I am a 68 year old woman who lives on a ranch in Texas (a lawyer for many years, but now a fully time rancher and reader). The closest city is Houston, so I will watch to see if you ever get there. I am not active on Twitter or Instagram, but I have passed your books on to a number of younger people who are so active - and I will tell them to speak up. I am sorry Correspondents isn't getting the press it deserves - it is a wonderful, moving and right on point work.

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