The Gang's All Here
By Adam Rathe
Christopher Bram has a simple reason for writing Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America (Twelve, $27.99): “I wrote the book,” he says, “because it hadn’t been written yet.” Bram looks at writers who went beyond being just names on the bestsellers list and became cultural leaders who shaped the American dialogue on gay identity. None of the writers are just random scribblers, according to Bram. “Readers will be surprised and pleased by how much really good gay writing was happening from an early date,” he says. “And it’s not always just the usual suspects.” What will this book tell you? Here’s a primer.