A commonplace passage dedicated to anyone who served on a clean up crew after a community event:
It takes hours of hierarchy, mind you, to achieve minutes of community, but that may always be true. People who start off by defining themselves as very separate slowly, quietly, provisionally, and without much wanting to be reminded of what they are doing, allow themselves to be reabsorbed. And if you want a one-sentence history of the gay movement in this country over the last fifteen years, you missed it. That was it.
Concluding excerpt from Adam Mars-Jones, “Gay London 1984” reprinted in Blind Bitter Happiness. “Gay London 1984” first appeared in the Tatler.
And so for day 193