A Place at the Table
The Gay Individual in American Society
By (author) Bruce Bawer
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Place at the Table by Bruce Bawer
Book DescriptionBruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780671894399
(214mm x 139mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce Bawer
Victims' Revolution, Hardback (October 2012)
Respected author, critic, and essayist Bawer offers a trenchant and sweeping critique of the sorry state of higher education since the campus revolutions of the late '60s and early '70s.
While Europe Slept, Paperback (January 2008)
The author of "A Place at the Table" warns that Europe can no longer ignore the clash of civilizations raging on its own territory and around the world. Failure to recognize the problems and react quickly, he predicts, will lead to a virulent right-wing nationalism of a kind not seen since the 1930s.
Stealing Jesus, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Bruce Bawer
Explores the dangerous influence of fundamentalism on Christianity, explaining how the emphasis on judgment and lack of compassion and understanding are at odds with the teaching of Christ.
US Kirkus Review » Bawer brings to the volatile public discussion of homosexuality the same moral reasoning and civilized demeanor evident in his cultural criticism (The Aspect of Eternity, p. 632). This passionate, persuasive book should be the starting point for all future debate. What separates Bawer's honest and accessible argument from other polemics on homosexuality - aside from its moral perspective - is its audience. Bawer treats the opposition with respect while never compromising his goal: the triumph of "reason over irrationality, acceptance over estrangement [and] love over loathing." He premises his work on the reasonable assumption that there's a vast disparity between the gay subculture and the reality of most gay life in America. The public debate has been shaped by highly vocal denizens of the urban gay ghettos, a group that has portrayed itself as sex-obsessed, irresponsible, and politically beyond the pale. Meanwhile, the conservative opposition too often frames its position in response to the subcultural stereotypes. That's no excuse, though, for right-wing homophobia and its buzzwords ("choice," "recruit," "advocate," "abnormal," "lifestyle," etc.), each of which Bawer eloquently addresses. Bawer's defense of the "silent majority" of gays is based in his own Christian faith and conservative values. He brilliantly exposes the social policy of denying domestic partnership rights as compilcit with the sexually permissive underground of bathhouses and porno theaters. Moreover, not only does he address Bible-based anti-gay attitudes, but he defuses the anti-family posturing of both the gay radicals and their right-wing counterparts. At his best, Bawer depoliticizes a subject overcharged with rhetoric, reminding us that there's really no reason for shock value. To call Bawer's subtle narrative "centrist" misses its truly post-ideological significance. Bawer artfully weaves autobiography into his eloquent defense of the common sense that exists somewhere between closeted denial and outrageous activism. This could be the crossover book many have been waiting for - plain and sane talk about a complex issue. (Kirkus Reviews)
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