Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Victor J. Banis and Some Very Kind Words

I was humbled and honored by these words from the introduction to Spine Intact, Some Increases, the memoir by gay icon and literature trailblazer, Victor J. Banis.

"Likewise, during this same period of time, I have had the opportunity to read a great deal of new gay and lesbian fiction.

If, as I assert in the original edition, we have yet to see the Great Gay Novel or the Great Gay Novelist, I must say that, with writers of the caliber of Dorien Grey, Rick Reed, Lori Lake, Ruth Sims, Anthony Bidulka, Allen Hollinghurst, Gregg Herren, E. M. Kahn, Adam Berlin, Dean James, and Gregory Hinton plying their craft—and I am sure I have forgotten one or two others—and with old pros like James Purdy, William Maltese, and Ann Bannon still at it, I think that the future of gay and lesbian fiction is in very good hands indeed; and since I have not yet read everything by any of them, it may even be that one of them has already penned that great novel, and the more fool I."



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