Armistead Maupin (Outlines
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City grew from a small San Francisco phenomenon into a six volume novel sequence that spawned two television mini-series and a benign global cult kept alive by an army of fiercely obsessive fans. Maupin has become a generous champion of gay rights, accepting that what began as an entertainment for local readers has changed peoples' lives across the world. Thrown into gay politics when the Rock Hudson AIDS story first broke, by committing one of the first acts of outing before the activity was even a verb, he has gone on to challenge mainstream thinking on subjects as diverse as drugs, dwarves and gay teenagers. A delightfully quirky biographical tribute to a long-standing friendship.
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