Books: All the Sad Youngmen

CITY OF NIGHT (410 pp.)-John Rechy-Grove ($5.95).

The homosexual is a contemporary cocktail-party commonplace-so much so that the phrase "He's one, you know" earns points only when it is applied to third basemen, racing drivers, and Government officials of Cabinet rank. It is tacitly conceded that serious plays must be about homosexuality unless they are about racial prejudice, that all bachelors are suspect, and men with wives and children are fooling no one either. Nobody admits to loving his mother.

Below this level of fascinated chatter is a world that the conventionally sophisticated prefer not to know. The difference is the same as...

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