In this creative context, writers were eager to work on exciting projects, especially if they could stay with the project as it moved toward becoming a film.
Larry Kramer, American author, playwright, film producer, and activist born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has died aged 84. He wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film Women in Love and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work. Later with his novel Faggots, he introduced a very confrontational and controversial style. This novel, despite the mixed reviews, has become “one of the bestselling novels about gay life ever written.” He became an AIDS activist when he witnessed the spread of the disease among his community. He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and expressed his frustrations about the mishandling of the crisis on his play The Normal Heart.
He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the play The Destiny of Me and received the Obie Award Twice.
Here are some quotes to remember him by:
“There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own.” ― Faggots
The only way we’ll have real pride is when we demand recognition of a culture that isn’t just sexual. It’s all there—all through history we’ve been there; but we have to claim it, and identify who was in it, and articulate what’s in our minds and hearts and all our creative contributions to this earth. And until we do that, and until we organize ourselves block by neighborhood by city by state into a united visible community that fights back, we’re doomed. That’s how I want to be defined: as one of the men who fought the war. ― The Normal Heart
“Don’t lose that anger. Just have a little more patience and forgiveness. For yourself as well.” ―
“All your life has been a journey to find an identity.” ― Faggots
“Was it not better to wear it, do it, live it, than suppress it? That only leads, on an international scale of course, to war.” ― Faggots
“Progress is unimaginably difficult, dangerous, always at risk, always made by people with only partial vision.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“Nothing works for everybody.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“Sugar is the most important thing in my life. All the rest is just to stay alive.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“We’re living through war, but where they’re living it’s peacetime, and we’re all in the same country.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“American actors, historical, familial, political, theatrical, move blindly ahead toward a future that never is, and never can be, clear.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“The great error has been to mistake the darkness for damnation, to surrender to immobility or worse, to try to retrace our steps backward to a safety that has ceased to exist or never existed.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays