Monday, October 09, 2006

You know what really bothers gay writers? Every time we turn around, another gay media outlet is reviewing our work! I wish they would stop doing that. It's... oppressive.

Yes, I know that the gay media feels a responsibility to bring gay titles to the attention of gay readers. Otherwise, they would focus almost exclusively on music and gossip, rather than being obsessed with gay literature. But -- and here I absolutely speak for every gay writer, with the possible exceptions of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and The Gay American -- gay writers are getting sick and tired of all this attention.

It's just too much! The Advocate is starting to resemble a gay version of The New York Review of Books. Genre increasingly reads like a homosexual version of Publishers Weekly. They might as well just change the name of Out to The Big Gay Magazine About Big Gay Books. It's embarrassing.

Thank God has the courage to break the mold. In a day when gay readers are being over-exposed to gay writers and gay literature, has taken the bold step of reviewing a book by a New York Times best-selling writer which seems to have no discernible gay content. And let me be the first to say that it's about time!

Hopefully, the rest of the gay media will join and start to leave gay writers alone. Hey, Advocate! Hey, Genre! Hey, Out! Would you PLEASE review a CD or a concert or a television show?!!

On behalf of all gay writers who are not Burroughs, Sedaris, or The Gay American, I thank you.

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