RIP, Larry

Larry Kramer has died. His obituary is here, but perhaps this eulogy by Matthew Lopez says more about him in this time of Covid-19.

I have a copy of Kramer’s Reports from the Holocaust in the library, in which he coruscates the US government’s failure to deal with the AIDS crisis. Dr. Anthony Fauci figures in the book. Kramer is his nemesis, and indeed Dr. Fauci came over time to recognise that he was wrong and Kramer was right.

And then there’s Faggots – Kramer’s 1987 novel that caused a furore in the male gay community. That’s also in the library. Time for a re-read, I think.

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The cover illustration is by the artist Michael Leonard. Many years ago, I posed as a model, together with a good friend, Kerry, for him – but that’s another story…

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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