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Celluloid activist : the life and times of Vito Russo

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celluloidcloset.JPG  If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Michael Schiavi’s new biography of Vito Russo: Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo.  As Schiavi eloquently glosses—“Twenty years after Vito’s death, we remember him as the author of The Celluloid Closet, as one of Gay Liberation’s angriest agitators, and as one of the earliest, most eloquent voices raised on behalf of people with AIDS.”  The biography was researched using the Vito Russo Papers in the Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division, as well as extensive interviews with Russo’s family, friends, and colleagues. Russo’s life and work were so integral to the currents of LGBT lives in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the book is bursting with the lived detail of both this pioneering activist and of the explosion of Gay Liberation.

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