Love won, right? Not exactly, argues clinical psychologist Walt Odets in his new book, Out of the Shadows, which the New York Times describes as "part polemic, part memoir, and part road map for gay people hoping to live fully." Odets watched his friends and patients die during the AIDS crisis, and now he watches survivors of the plague continue to suffer from the lingering psychological effects of intense stigmatization in the face of claims that we're living in a "post-homophobic society." Focusing on gay men specifically, Odet finds increasing isolation and generational friction, as well as a constant struggle with a society that continues to pathologize them. Though the Times thinks Odet's solutions to these problems are a bit pat and dated, the memoir sections read with "aching" beauty and poignancy.
by Stranger Editor Rich Smith
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