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It's P. "Gay" Wodehouse to Amazon.com

What's so gay about Jeeves and Wooster? A quick scan of the books that Amazon.com lists as bestselling in their "gay and lesbian" section has as number 1 a cheery piece of fluff called Collision Course, which is described in chaotic but enthusiastic terms as "Joey's tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aaron's way; Joey knows all about love. He's fallen in it ten times. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron it's different. Joey's fallen for good." The cover seems to be a topless surfer.

But moving on to second place, we have My Man Jeeves, of course by P.G. Wodehouse. Now, we love some P.G. But that's not the same as a gay book, right? Even when Wooster was played by the wonderful Stephen Fry on Brit TV he came across as merely a bit camp. And down in fifth place is another P.G title, Right Ho, Jeeves. The rest of their list is at least peppered with gay and lesbianish material: some E. Lynn Harris, a Sarah Waters, and The Glass Menagerie.

But P.G.? Are we missing something? Or does Amazon.com know the sexual preferences of who buys books, and decides that if the gays buy P.G., then it's a gay book?

--G. EARL

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