Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My review of Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS, by Dale Peck, for the San Francisco Chronicle...

I tried to squeeze as much as I could into 300 words...
Dale Peck’s “Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS” is many things at once: elegy, cultural analysis, personal history, sexual diary and meditation on the meaning of art, community and self... [B]y placing himself within the upwardly mobile narrative of gay assimilation, Peck delivers some of his most nuanced analysis. Watching HBO’s “Angels in America” in 2003, a decade after seeing its original theater incarnation, he struggles to recognize his own experience, wondering “if the language I spoke now was my own, or a kind of colonial imposition."

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