How To Be Gay by David M. Halperin

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On virtually every page of this overlong (and sometimes overwrought) book, there’s something insightful or challenging, but also much that’s dubious, even wrong-headed.
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A pioneer of LGBTQ studies dares to suggest that gayness is a way of being that gay men must learn from one another to become who they are. The genius of gay culture resides in some of its most despised stereotypes—aestheticism, snobbery, melodrama, glamour, caricatures of women, and obsession with mothers—and in the social meaning of style.
 

About David M. Halperin

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David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 560 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Aug 07 2012

It’s a kaleidoscopic book that at its base breaks with what the author calls “the ‘Brokeback Mountain’ crowd.”

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Reviewed by Philip Hensher on Aug 29 2012

Among the qualities Halperin identifies with gayness are being "a great dancer or cook, that you have a weakness for mid-century modern, or that you drive a VW Golf" – a VW Golf? Really?

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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on Aug 16 2012

If you can tune out Halperin's shrillness and grope though his pseudo-philosophical miasma...you may be able to trace an argument I happen to consider reactionary and disreputable.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by George De Stefano on Aug 21 2012

On virtually every page of this overlong (and sometimes overwrought) book, there’s something insightful or challenging, but also much that’s dubious, even wrong-headed.

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