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“Forty years after Miller’s article and book his eloquent voice is still poignant, still relevant to the ongoing struggle, our struggle for dignity and equal rights.” — Jonathan Ned Katz, Founder, Co-Director, OutHistory.org
“Forty years later, the story Miller tells remains important and necessary to read, not only for both gay and straight readers to understand ‘the way it used to be,’ but because the issues Miller raised are still being discussed and argued about.” — Nancy Pearl
“Merle Miller’s On Being Different is a searing indictment of social hypocrisy, written with a quite but burning passion… This book is not only a valuable historical document about the gay civil rights movement, but it is an American classic because of the beauty it achieves through its unflinchingly honest portrayal of the raw pain of rejection.” — David Carter, author Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution
“Without indulging in sensationalism or special pleading but making it clear that he was writing directly from his own experience, [Miller] bridged the gap between the ‘straights’ and the ‘gays’ in a way that few recent writers on the subject have done. He also put himself on the line as a well-known writer, who was not afraid to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality.” — Publishers Weekly
“Brilliant, moving, and one is obliged to add, courageous narrative of personal homosexuality.” — James A. Wechsler, columnist
Merle Miller (1919–1986) was an editor at Harper’s Magazine, Time, and the Nation, and was the bestselling author of several books, including the novel A Gay and Melancholy Sound and Plain Speaking, a biography of President Harry Truman.
Dan Savage is the internationally syndicated columnist of “Savage Love” and the author of several books. With his husband Terry Miller, he cofounded the It Gets Better project and edited the It Gets Better collection.
Charles Kaiser is an author, journalist, and blogger. His books include 1968 in America and The Gay Metropolis, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He lives in New York City.
The Bible calls homosexuality an abomination worthy of death! Enjoy!Published 10 days ago by Timothy Cornwell
This is a great story and so very true. Thank you. Hopefully people who read it, get it and understand.Published on September 2, 2013 by Joan S. Parsley
This is a slender volume filled with good writing, including a contemporary introduction by Dan Savage. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Editing_Gal
If you are interested in this topic, essentially the Rights of Man, then you must read this book, including the supplementary foreward.Published on March 15, 2013 by dan
Miller delivers a message that is at once heart-felt, cynical, optimistic, and unflinchingly honest. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Jonathan Errol Van Kempen
Dan Savage's long forward did not sufficiently contextualize the historical essay that follows.He only covered one point, simply that gays are not usually insinuated as being child... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Petronius