Excerpt from review of Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing: An Anthology, Robert Dessaix (ed.), The Sunday Age 7 November 1993

… If his intention is to uncover the gay presence in all of Australian writing then obviously we’re not going to get a whole book of stories about dance parties. It might have been a better tack on his part to include straight (as it were) non-fiction writing: AIDS hardly makes an appearance in this book on the grounds that it hasn’t been written about well enough in fiction. But then why not include John Foster’s extraordinary memoir ‘Take Me to Paris, Johnny’ or Stephen J. Williams’ ‘Uncle Stranger’ which simply as writing—never mind the category—are as accomplished as anything in this book and a good deal classier than the sample from Simon Payne, say.

Owen Richardson

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