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People in Trouble by Sarah Schulman
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Jul 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, queerdo, radical-history
Read in June, 2011

I thought I really like Sarah Schulman's books.. but maybe that was when I was a 90s lesbian.

The history of the beginnings of the gay response to AIDS is pretty much all that's good about this book. The tactics, reflections on death, politics and fag fashion are all good.

But the tedium of the main plot - a cliche love triangle with a straight couple and the wife's lesbian lover - is just so banal.

The only bit that really stayed with me is the stuff about the early days of responding to AIDS and the differences between the white gay men and the people of colour.

"Scott began the meeting [...] He had a combined air of enthusiasm and serious determination: like a middle-class boy who one day discovered injustice and then proceeded to do something about it with both sincere conviction and class arrogance about getting things done his way."

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