David Margolick: John Horne Burns and the Dreadful Life

“One doesn’t think of Burns as courageous or engaged–his great intellect and rather supercilious attitude had let him float above everything — but writing so explicitly about gays, and advocating for them, in 1947 was an act of enormous courage. “

David Margolick took some time to talk with the Lambda Literary Review about his interest in John Horne Burns, the challenges of writing about a person who was often disliked, and learning about twentieth century gay life…. read more