Comments:Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer
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David, another great interview.
I hope Edmund White is right about the canon taking an academic role secondary to contemporary authors. It’s not been my experience with my students, but I hope. In college courses, there are a few contemporary writers, but the emphasis is on canonical works. I just logged off the Princeton University course catalogue, which bears me out. Hampshire College was better of course, and the change is inevitable--the internet, the public domain--and it may well be that Edmund White is looking at a more forward thinking, or progressive, group of professors/teachers. MFA programs are further along than PHD programs, which are further along than undergraduate, in my estimation.
I would love to hear what title, if any, Edmund White would strike from the "classics."
Many thanks to Edmund and David for their conversation,
he is against the canon, which he views as elitist.
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I loved this. I find his writing incredible. I also wish it wasn't all about gay this and gay that though. It's tough. Tough to digest. I don't know if it's because maybe secretly I agree with all the sexual "activity." Or maybe it's that I'm straight and I'm not allowed to and have been programmed to not agree. I don't know. It teeters on disgusting and interesting. —184.108.40.206 (talk) 04:32, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
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Just another blathering commentator ... 
Edmund White's comments seem to have hit a real point, at least with this reader, who is familiar with his work from his first collaboration on "The Joy of Gay Sex" and the general tone of the rewrite of that major work.
This work really needs to be looked it in that context.
Of course, for those of us who do live proverbially "somewhere just outside of Lausanne" the whole bit of footsie, both saying something and not saying, leaving it unsaid, is part of the pleasure of a very exceptional read.
--S L S