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Scholarly, impassioned, wide-ranging, and embattled, Love Undetectable is a book that is ultimately not about homosexuality or plague, but about humanity and mortality.

Speaking to heterosexual and homosexual audiences alike, this book is about the first steps in that journey of survival. If Sullivan's acclaimed first book, Virtually Normal, was about politics, this long-awaited sequel is about life. In a memoir in the form of three essays, Sullivan asks hard questions about his own life and others'. Scholarly, impassioned, wide-ranging, and embattled, Love Undetectable is a book that is ultimately not about homosexuality or plague, but about humanity and mortality.

While Sullivan does write about sex, he pointedly makes the case for same sex love and friendship .

While Sullivan does write about sex, he pointedly makes the case for same sex love and friendship; and his description of the life and death of his friend (once lover), Patrick, was poignant, touching and a beautiful, thoughtful tribute to love. I found his rejection of the theory that one is genetically predisposed to homosexuality interesting and courageous. It may be that modern philosophical reasoning is free of the constraint of being qualified through practical application.

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Andrew Sullivan made a reputation for himself by being elevated at a very . Sullivan weaves this story and confessions of his traumas, loves, sex life, faith and philosophies through the three essays in the book.

Sullivan weaves this story and confessions of his traumas, loves, sex life, faith and philosophies through the three essays in the book.

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.

Andrew Sullivan remembers the AIDS epidemic in the 80s .

Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival (1998).

won the 1996 Mencken Award for Best Book, presented by the Free Press Association. Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival (1998).

Sullivan offers profound, often beautiful appreciation of friendship. fascinate us with the range and depth of his mind

Sullivan offers profound, often beautiful appreciation of friendship. fascinate us with the range and depth of his mind. -San Francisco Chronicle A New York Times Notable Book of the Year "One of the great pleasures of this book lies in watching Sullivan's mind at work. are filled with a passion and heat that most cultural criticism lacks.

"I intend to be among the first generation that survives this disease." That was former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan's first public statement about his HIV diagnosis. Speaking to heterosexual and homosexual audiences alike, this book is about the first steps in that journey of survival.If Sullivan's acclaimed first book, Virtually Normal, was about politics, this long-awaited sequel is about life. In a memoir in the form of three essays, Sullivan asks hard questions about his own life and others'. Can the practice of friendship ever compensate for a life without love? Is sex at war or at peace with spirituality? Can faith endure the randomness of death? Is homosexuality genetic or environmental?Love Undetectable, then, refers to many things: to a virus that, for many, has become "undetectable" in the bloodstream thanks to new drugs, and to the failed search for love and intimacy that helped spread it; to the love of God, which in times of plague seems particularly hard to find and understand; to a sexual orientation long pathologized and denied any status as an equal form of human love; and to the love between friends, a love ignored when it isn't demeaned, and obscured by the more useful imperatives of family and society.In a work destined to be as controversial as his first book, Sullivan takes on religious authorities and gay activists; talks candidly about his own promiscuity and search for love; revisits Freud in the origins of homosexuality; and makes one of the more memorable modern cases for elevating the virtue of friendship over the satisfactions of love. Scholarly, impassioned, wide-ranging, and embattled, Love Undetectable is a book that is ultimately not about homosexuality or plague, but about humanity and mortality.

Comments: (7)

MeGa_NunC
The book is a collection of essays on human sexuality, specifically homosexuality. While Sullivan does write about sex, he pointedly makes the case for same sex love and friendship; and his description of the life and death of his friend (once lover), Patrick, was poignant, touching and a beautiful, thoughtful tribute to love. I found his rejection of the theory that one is genetically predisposed to homosexuality interesting and courageous. He considers the genetic source as facile and incomplete; and argues that environment plays perhaps a larger part but rejecting the oft touted "lifestyle" argument. Homosexuality is not a choice; it just is. It is a touching, heartfelt book.
Fomand
This is such a beautiful book. The authors journey surviving AIDS and his reflections on being gay during a time when it was not accepted, set the stage for a deep dive into what friendship really means. Quite profound and insightful. I’ve taken pictures of many pages to keep on my phone to browse whenever I want to. Quotes about friendship.. to remind me. His writing has given me great clarity...
Nettale
I recently purchased my third hard copy of "Love Undetectable", not for myself, but rather for an acquaintance of several months, who I had met at an online "hookup" site. It was my recollection of the incredible combination of logic, candor, and a quality I can only describe as a kind of philosophical grace that caused me to obtain a copy for someone who, by a recent confession, revealed that his affections for a straight and married man, twice stricken with cancer, had been unrequited. Worse, in his eyes, was the revelation that, after years of solicitous attention from my troubled friend, the object of his longstanding interest had, for the last year, been secretly conducting an affair (his first) with another man.

For this reason, my new friend was in considerable distress. So much so that, in a rejection of all loving feelings, he had determined to discontinue the intimate habits which had brought us together in the first place. I thought such a stunning piece of transference and role reversal was worthy of Shakespear. To state the obvious, his objections to his friend's discovery of a compatible partner in what may be his last year showed how oblivious he was to the strained affections he himself had unwittingly placed upon me, his married friend's wife and children, and the lover in question.

Had I been inclined to dole out brutal truth I might have pointed this out. Instead, I attempted to help him see that, if in fact this was a transcendent moment for his friend in discovering a new breadth in his capacity for love, that he should be happy for him and take pleasure in the fact that he had very likely helped him come to terms with a latent and unfulfilled condition of his own character. At that moment, this counsel represented considerable heavy lifting on my part. I knew that, if he was to take this to heart and examine these convoluted facts in a compassionate light, it would take just such considerable reinforcement, in the form of objective thought upon the standards and double standards which constitute the norm in our society. I could think of no single reading more capable of guiding this meditation than Andrew Sullivan's "Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival".

It may be that modern philosophical reasoning is free of the constraint of being qualified through practical application. So much has been said about the uniqueness of each individual's perception, yet Sullivan's work represents a kind of archeological literary dig into the consensual reality of our civilization's treatment of socio-sexual response. It traces the evolution of moral values represented by same sex relationships right through to the chaos of the sexual revolution and on past the plague years of the AIDS virus. It is a kind of summation of a battle that has been fought and won. After so much misunderstanding and suffering, it stands as the terms of a peace treaty that everyone who still finds themselves in conflict should read.
Bloodhammer
Great read
Velan
Andrew Sullivan made a reputation for himself by being elevated at a very young age as a senior editor of 'The New Republic', a position he filled from 1991-1996. He continues his journalistic career by writing for 'The Times' (London) and 'New York Times Magazine', as well as contributing articles to a large number of other periodicals.
At the height of his career, Sullivan made the announcement made the announcement that he was HIV-positive. In saying this, he made the assertion: `I intend to be among the first generation that survives this disease.'
Sullivan has occupied a difficult position politically - tending toward conservatism that doesn't sit well with much of the homosexual community, he also tends toward political positions (such as pro-same sex marriage) that go against much of the conservative sentiment. In this first book, 'Virtually Normal', Sullivan argued for an acceptance of same-sex marriage; he followed that up by editing a collection of essays and contributions by others on the same topic.
However, his latest book, 'Love Undetectable', is a very different book. Insofar as Sullivan's life is inextricably bound up with political, historical, and sociological writing through his profession, that is reflected here, but this is a very non-political book. Consisting of three essays, it is primarily reflexions on the life of a survivor, who has yet to become a successful survivor - Sullivan himself.
Sullivan is bound to alienate all sides in some ways once again with this volume. He takes on both the church and religious side and the gay liberation side in his first essay: When Plagues End. 'The gay liberationists have plenty to answer for in this. For far too long, they promoted the tragic lie that no avenue of sexuality was any better or nobler than any other; that all demands for responsibility or fidelity or commitment or even healthier psychological integration were mere covers for "neoconservatism" or, worse, "self-hatred"; that even in the teeth of a viral catastrophe, saving lives was less important than saving a culture of `promiscuity as a collective way of life', when, of course, it was little more than a collective way of death.'
Of course, this quotation is bound to please the fundamentalists, who would love to paint the gay community as a `collective way of death'. But Sullivan doesn't go lightly on the other side, either. Sullivan recalls a time when the AIDS quilt was in Washington, and during a service at that time, in the heart of Washington's gay community, the priest at the church began a sermon with the words, `Today, few of us know the meaning of a plague like leprosy....' Sullivan of course had words with the priest afterwards, and asked him quite bluntly if he had ever heard of AIDS.
This is a very personal journal of Sullivan's, presenting his arguments in full concert with his emotions and experiences, of friends who have been public and friends who have stayed silent about their orientation and their disease, those who are reckless with their health and those who are determined against their illness, as is Sullivan himself. A remarkable journal of an interesting person.
Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex,  and Survival download epub
Social Sciences
Author: Andrew Sullivan
ISBN: 0679451196
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (September 22, 1998)
Pages: 255 pages