Michael Cunningham: “Gay areas disappeared in New York City”


Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels “The Hours,” “A Home at the End of the World”, etc., said in an interview that gay culture is no longer lives in the modern world in a “ghetto”.

“Over the past 10 years, even in New York City life has changed radically, here disappeared gay districts – says 63-year-old writer -. I do not remember the last time I was at a dinner where everyone would be gay or vice versa. I can not remember the last time I was at some parties, where my sexual orientation would have had anything to do with the case. Now I’m married, but when I wrote “the Hours”, I couldn’t imagine I would have that right.”

Cunningham also admitted that he would never made the hero of his book gay, who hates himself.

“I’m not going to write about gay who hates himself for it, – he explains -. I think that human sexuality is terribly complicated thing, and (again in my opinion) the task of the writer is to insist that the world and people, its occupying, at times more complex and multi-valued, than it seems at first superficial glance. Some of us are gays. Some – most are heterosexual. Some gay-men are sometimes overwhelmed compulsive heterosexual passions and desires;… the same thing sometimes happens with heterosexual men. Some have a unique type of sexuality, because it is difficult to clearly categorize.”


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