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An Army of Ex-lovers

My Life at the "Gay Community News

Amy Hoffman (author)

ISBN: 9781558496217

Publication Date: Dec 2007

Format: Paperback

Revaels how Boston's weekly "Gay Community News" was "the center of the universe" during the late 1970s. This memoir captures the heady atmosphere of the times. It is also the authors personal story, of growing up in a political movement; and of her deepening relationships with charismatic, talented, and sometimes utterly weird coworkers.
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This is a vivid, funny portrait of the four tumultuous years a young editor spent working in the gay press. Boston's weekly "Gay Community News" was "the center of the universe" during the late 1970s, writes Amy Hoffman in this memoir of gay liberation before AIDS, before gay weddings, and before The L Word. Provocative, informative, inspiring, and absurd, with a small circulation but a huge influence, "Gay Community News" produced a generation of leaders, writers, and friends. In addition to capturing the heady atmosphere of the times - the victories, controversies, and tragedies - Hoffman's memoir is also her personal story, written with wit and insight, of growing up in a political movement; of her deepening relationships with charismatic, talented, and sometimes utterly weird coworkers; and of trying to explain it all to her large Jewish family.

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Funny, engaging, enlightening, heart-breaking: a history of the heart that will touch everyone who reads it. - Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent "Amy Hoffman has written a fabulous memoir of post-Stonewall lesbian and gay liberation. The book captures the radical political spirit of the 1970s, conjuring up a world of men, women, and differently gender-configured activists who sought to foment a revolution to end capitalism, racism, homophobia, and sexism all the while putting out a weekly newspaper.... This is memoir at its best." - Janice Irvine, author of Disorders of Desire "Part social history, part personal memoir, and part off-beat love story. Amy Hoffman writes with so much charm and wit that this portrait of a group of political radicals trying to change the world becomes an endearing and completely accessible tribute to the power of community and the importance of convictions. There is something to love, admire, and laugh about on every page of this book. I hated to see it end." - Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection "An Army of Ex-Lovers is Amy Hoffman's witty, nuanced, personal history of Gay Community News, Boston's gay weekly newspaper in the 1970s and '80s. I expected as much from this fine writer. What is delightfully unexpected is that it is also the love story between a gay man and a lesbian. Political, cranky, fully committed, loyal, and loud. It's big love. It's the untold story of those early years of gay liberation." - Kate Clinton, author of Don't Get Me Started
Illustrations 30 illustrations
Pages 224
Date Published 30 Dec 2007
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Subject/s Press & journalism   Biography & True Stories   Gay & Lesbian studies  
An editor of Gay Community News from 1978 to 1982, AMY HOFFMAN is the author of Hospital Time, a memoir about taking care of friends with AIDS. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts and is currently the editor of Women's Review of Books.

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