Visions and Revisions
On Sale: April 7, 2015
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Novelist and critic Dale Peckâ€™s latest workâ€”part memoir,
part extended essayâ€”is a foray into what the author calls
â€śthe second half of the first half of the AIDS epidemic,â€ť
i.e., the period between 1987, when the AIDS Coalition to
Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded, and 1996, when the
advent of combination therapy transformed AIDS from a
virtual death sentence into a chronic manageable
Reminiscent of Joan Didionâ€™s The White
Album and Kurt Vonnegutâ€™s Palm Sunday, Visions
and Revisions is a sweeping, collage-style portrait of a
tumultuous era. Moving seamlessly from the lyrical to the
analytical to the reportorial, Peckâ€™s story takes readers
from the serial killings of gay men in New York, London, and
Milwaukee, through Peckâ€™s first loves upon coming out of the
closet, to the transformation of LGBT people from marginal,
idealistic fighters to their present place in a world of
widespread, if fraught, mainstream acceptance.
narrative pays particular attention the words and deeds of
AIDS activists, offering a streetlevel portrait of ACT UP
with considerations of AIDS-centered fiction and criticism
of the era, as well as intimate, sometimes elegiac portraits
of artists, activists, and HIV-positive people Peck knew.
Peckâ€™s fiery rhetoric against a government that sat on its
hands for the first several years of the epidemic is tinged
with the idealism of a young gay man discovering his
political, artistic, and sexual identity. The result is a
visionary and indispensable work from one of Americaâ€™s most
brilliant and controversial authors.
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