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    Monday, May 15, 2006

    Big Gay Read

    Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City won First Place in Big Gay Read, which was launched last summer and invited readers across the country to nominate the novels they "cherished above all others".

    I don't think I have to tell you quite a few of my favorite books just so happen to appear:

    The list

    1 Tales of the City Armistead Maupin

    2 Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters

    3 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

    4 Trumpet Jackie Kay

    =5 Fingersmith Sarah Waters

    =5 Calendar Girl Stella Duffy

    =5 The Long Firm Jake Arnott

    6 At Swim, Two Boys Jamie O'Neill

    7 Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx

    8 The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst

    9 Carol Patricia Highsmith

    =10 Rubyfruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown

    =10 Desert of the Heart Jane Rule

    =10 Rough Music Patrick Gale

    =10 Crocodile Soup Julia Darling

    Michael Schaub on Bookslut said exactly what I thought when I read it: Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain," which isn't a novel, made the top ten list. But no Giovanni's Room, which is kind of sad.

    It's not just kind of sad, it's really, really sad. Other novels that were cruelly left out: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, Zami by Audré Lorde, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and probably many more that I'm not thinking of right now. But it's still cool.

    4 Comments:

    Blogger kactus said...

    My mom gave me Rubyfruit Jungle to read when I was about 16 or 17, and then very pointedly asked me what I thought of it. (Gee, I wonder why?) I was of the opinion that it was "lesbian propaganda"!!!!!

    Oh mom, I miss you so much.

    12:41 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    What a happy mother's day story! :)

    Love it.

    3:12 PM  
    Blogger Bella Sultane said...

    I went through a time period as a teen where I read all of Rita Mae Brown's books - Rubyfruit Jungle was always my favorite, though.

    The Tales of the City series was also a favorite among my group of high school friends.

    3:09 AM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I must admit that I never read Tales of the City. I've read scads of lesbian lit, but a scant few gay men's texts. I'm a bad, biased reader sometimes.

    10:56 AM  

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