Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival

Love Undetectable Notes on Friendship Sex and Survival Sullivan offers a profound often beautiful appreciation of friendship He can fascinate us with the range and depth of his mind San Francisco ChronicleA New York Times Notable Book of the Year One of

  • Title: Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival
  • Author: Andrew Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780679773153
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sullivan offers a profound, often beautiful appreciation of friendship He can fascinate us with the range and depth of his mind San Francisco ChronicleA New York Times Notable Book of the Year One of the great pleasures of this book lies in watching Sullivan s mind at work his essays are filled with a passion and heat that most cultural criticism l Sullivan offers a profound, often beautiful appreciation of friendship He can fascinate us with the range and depth of his mind San Francisco ChronicleA New York Times Notable Book of the Year One of the great pleasures of this book lies in watching Sullivan s mind at work his essays are filled with a passion and heat that most cultural criticism lacks Katie Roiphe, The Washington PostWhen former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan publicly revealed his HIV positive status in 1996, he intended to be among the first generation that survives this disease In this new book, a powerful meditation on the spiritual effect AIDS has on friendship, love, sexuality, and American culture, we follow Sullivan on his path to survival A practicing Catholic, Sullivan reflects on his faith in God, and expresses his bittersweet joy upon learning about new AIDS treatments that he believes led to the virus s recent transformation from a plague into a chronic illness He revisits Freud to seek the origins of homosexuality and reviews the works of Aristotle, St Augustine, and W H Auden to define friendship for a contemporary, post plague world Sullivan s last essay extols the virtues of friendship, elevating platonic love over the romantic, as he memorializes his best friend, who died of AIDS Intensely personal and passionately political, Sullivan s essays are not just about his own experiences but also a powerful testament to human resilience, faith, hope, and love Sullivan has found meaning in chaos With its paradoxical sense of beauty amid pain, Love Undetectable has something of the quality of a war memoir The New York Times Book Review On display here are all of the author s many strengths compelling, poetic prose style, some keen observations on faith Sullivan offers a moving defense of the open gay male urban sexual culture and his participation in it The Boston Globe

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    1. Andrew Michael Sullivan is a British blogger, author, and political commentator He is a speaker at universities, colleges, and civic organizations in the United States, and a guest on national news and political commentary television shows in the United States and Europe Born and raised in England, he has lived in the United States since 1984 and currently resides in Washington, D.C and Provincetown, Massachusetts.Sullivan is sometimes considered a pioneer in political weblog journalism, since he was one of the first prominent political journalists in the United States to start his own personal blog Sullivan wrote his blog for a year at Time Magazine, shifting on 1 February 2007 to The Atlantic, where it received approximately 40 million page views in the first year He is the former editor of The New Republic.

    2. I mainly wanted to read this because of alovely piece on Brain Pickings about one of these essays. The essay on why friendship is better than romantic love is one for the ages. I really enjoyed the two other essays in the book as well. I wish I had more eloquent thoughts on this book, but these will have to do.

    3. Oh, Andrew Sullivan, you special Catholic gay person, you. I find this book ungainly in the way that I find the blog ungainly, although the writing here is much better: he gets passionate about things, and occasionally the passion throws him in odd directions. The description of life in the AIDS epidemic in the pre-cocktail years is very fine, and very informative, as is the description of the day-to-day effects of new medications on AIDS treatment. His essay on friendship is maybe even better, [...]

    4. A powerful trio of essays on the subjects of love, sex, solidarity, and friendship, and an insightful look into the battle of HIV and AIDS in the United States as well as the uprising of gays and their communities. Sullivan delves deep into philosophy as he tries to unravel the complex threads set by Freud on one spectrum and the reparative therapists on the other to determine what is homosexuality, how it was forced to appear on the surface, and how it's influenced by our homes, parents, and fr [...]

    5. Sullivan's collection of part-memoirs and part-essays on homosexuality, surviving the AIDs epidemic, and friendship is well-written and thought provoking. Sullivan and I don't see eye to eye, but he is such an excellent writer, such an effective rhetorician, that I couldn't help but be compelled by his arguments and ideas. His final essay on friendship is probably my favorite thing I've ever read on friendship, though. It's a thorough exploration of the concept of friendship through the pain and [...]

    6. This is by far the most successful piece of writing I have encountered in tackling the complexities of humanity. I cannot overstate the profundity of the insights I have gleaned from Sullivan's simplistic prose. Simply put, this book is important as it proffers lessons in empathy, a value that our society is very much impoverished of. It is a shame that this is not a well-known title; I stumbled upon the book serendipitously whilst trawling the Internet for free pdfs (openlibrary is your best fr [...]

    7. The Undetectable of the title is word play referring to very low levels of HIV antibodies in an AIDs patient; and to obscured emotional attachment. Andrew Sullivan, an erudite gay man who became HIV positive, knows of what he writes. If he weren’t so erudite, so parenthetical, so pedantic – this would be a better book. On the good side, there are a lot of painstakingly constructed arguments for why gay people are “normal” that would provide a lot of ammunition should you ever find yourse [...]

    8. I alternate between a sense of enrapturement and annoyance with Sullivan. There are some very interesting points in this book, and some that, even though I know that they are coming, I still find disappointing.

    9. Eye opening and insightful on a level I never expected. Not always in agreement with Sullivan's politics but he was spot-on with the references and brilliant observations made in this book. I'm a fan for life after reading this.

    10. Although I do not alwasy agree with his politics, this book was instrumental in helping me cope with a very personal event in January 2000. Without his words and understanding, I do not know how I would have managed that event.

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