From the Publisher
Now assembled as a special two-volume edition for the very first time, A Vito Russo Reader is a companion piece to VITO, the highly-acclaimed new HBO documentary by filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.
Reel One contains the segments: Show People, A Lavender Lens and Russo on Film
From the rough-and-tumble beginnings of the gay and lesbian movement in New York City in the late-1960s, A Vito Russo Reader travels through the excitement and discovery, turmoil and tragedy that engrossed the next two decades -- until Vito's death from AIDS in 1990.
These books, like the film, bear witness to the makings of a remarkable man.
Michelangelo Signorile: "What an amazing collection! A riveting ride through some of the most fascinating, exciting and harrowing times in gay history. Vito Russo's sharp eye, deep love of gay people, and unbridled passion for writing about gay culture light up every page... He is an icon for generations to come."
Lily Tomlin: "Vito was one of the dearest and most adorable friends I ever had. He was also a ferocious truth seeker. I am grateful to have this collection of his writings. Reading Vito's interview with me was a loving and eye-opening visit with my own consciousness - almost four decades later."
Michael Musto: "Vito Russo was an incisive film historian, a fiery activist, and a sweet gentle guy. All his textures are beautifully captured in these collected works, which reinforce his standing as a literate provocateur who helped create the modern gay movement."