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Books by Dwight Cathcart
One night in July, 1984, a young gay man is chased by three teenagers, beaten, stripped naked, and thrown into a stream where he drowns. Gay people find out and think of every painful thing that has happened to them in their lives. They meet each other, some of them for the first time, and search for an equilibrium they had before their friend was murdered, a sense of safety and privacy. They are aware of danger in America, and they want to fight back. Their story becomes a national story. It’s a story of friends. It’s a rich story, and hard, too, because the narrative tells in careful and intimate detail how hard and painful—and heroic—life for LGBTQ people has been. Read More
The president is announcing the bombing of Iraqi troops in Kuwait, Amos is in the hospital dying, Arabella’s marriage is falling apart, Alec is trying to hold his life together, Michael, Alec’s lover, has serious news to disclose, Alec’s son Stephen has left home and won’t return Alec’s phone calls, Alec’s father is calling, having gotten married for the fourth time. Everything seems be coming to a head around Amos’s still, unconscious body in the hospital. Winter Rain is the story of Alex Argento, of his life in crisis and of the little community around him, whose members sometimes help and sometimes make things worse. It is the story of men and women dealing with AIDS who know that, in time, many of them will be the still, unconscious body in the hospital. It is the story of fate and chance and tragedy and survival. Read More
Race Point Light
Like most of us, Fair Shaw looks for the things that are going to help him understand his life. It’s not pain that he’s trying to avoid, it’s pointlessness, and it’s a long time before he is willing to throw away his whole culture. He fights for civil rights and against the war and is an activist for AIDS and LGBTQ rights, and he asks the question, How can I make my life work? Race Point Light is about struggle with his culture and about fighting back and about learning hard things. It’s about the power of sex, about about how complicated sex is, and it’s about how we get it wrong, most of the time. And it’s about how the political right is correct: LGBTQ people are going to change everything. Race Point Light ends on Race Point beach. Fair Shaw, who is 65, concludes he’s lived through interesting times, for a gay man the most interesting times of all. Read More
Adam In The Morning
Bo Ravich, thirty years old, comes home from work in the West Village at two o’clock in the morning, Saturday, June 28, 1969, and stumbles into the middle of the riots outside the Stonewall Inn. He and Andrew, his lover, and their friends fight the police every night of the riots. Gay people have never fought back before, and these six people realize that fighting back means everything is changed. Everything has to be thought through again from the beginning. Adam in the Morning is about one of those rare moments when we are free to become ourselves. Read More
Earthrise: Queer novels and the lives of LGBTQ persons
The NASA photograph called “Earthrise,” taken by astronaut Bill Anders of the Earth rising up out of the shadow of the Moon suggests how we are to look at ourselves—from a distance, on Earth, falling through black space, all of us in this together. The Earthrise essays, which were originally published as part of the Adriana Books blog, are on the nature of literature, politics, and the lives of LGBTQ persons. Since LGBTQ persons inhabit Earth, and there is no God—we see black, deep, empty space around us—and no one else for us to turn to to give our lives meaning, we must do that job ourselves by creating art and by our work, making something out of ourselves. When it is all over, we must be able to say, We made this, and then leave it behind as a marker. We were here. And This is what I felt. Read More
The Great Question
The times we lived in were a great pivotal point in history, when sex, gender, race were all being rethought and redefined, and their relation to what was called American democracy was being fought over. The whole American contract was being rewritten. That’s what radical meant. I remembered the great debates over segregation in the fifties and my realization that the debate was eventually going to come to a resolution, and my parents, I could already tell, were going to be on the wrong end of the argument. I knew the argument had not ended with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that the argument over race was part of the larger, immensely larger, argument over democracy in America—whether there was such a thing—which had already engulfed the races of America and the genders of America and had now engulfed the sexualities of America. The great question was this: Is there actually a Democracy in America?
—Fair Shaw, narrator of Race Point Light