I realize I've been terrible when it comes to taking part here in the Red Room. Please forgive me! But I couldn't resist the opportunity to talk about my favorite LGBT book, being that it IS "Pride Week" here in NYC. For those who know me, they've heard me beat this horse a bijillion times, but... I have to pay props to my favorite book of all time, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon.
Others may not call Mr. Chabon's debut novel a "gay" book. But as a young gay man fresh out of college, much like the story's protagnoist Art Bechstein, MOP was the first "mainstream" book I ever came across (got my 1st edition hardcover for something like $2.98 on a bargain table at B.Dalton's in Macomb Mall in Michigan) that featured a GAY character -- Arthur Lecomte -- and wasn't considered "porn."
I won't go on and on here... If it's one thing I've learned from my blogger pal, "Kenneth in the 212" -- keep it short! What I WILL say is that if you're familiar with Chabon's other work: Wonder Boys, Kavalier & Clay, Yiddish Policeman's Something-or-Other, but you haven't read Mysteries, check it out.
Do NOT skip the novel in favor of Netflix-ing the movie!! You will be sorely disappointed as the story has been utterly de-gayed. There isn't even a character named Arthur Lecomte in it :-(