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It was not very long, however, before such subject matter was reduced to a niche, a demographic, a booth at a book fair, and young gay writhers who began talking about "the ghetto" of gay literature were smart to add straight characters to the mix.
What brings together the writhers she takes up here--which, in addition to those already mentioned, include Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, and a trio of "Tenderhearted Men," Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, and Richard Ford--is something entirely other than the certainties provided by ideology; it is, rather, the conversion of "neurotic necessity into literary virtue.
And that decline may well continue while a majority of the population of the planet persists in wanting instant, if ultimately unsatisfying, sporting gratification, and `heroes' who gob, cheat and feign injury if an opponent so much as bumps into them (one day it might be amusing to put some of these professional writhers into a serious rugby match and see how they cope).