Center Reads: “The Naked Civil Servant” by Quentin Crisp
December 4, 2018, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930s. In 1931, gay liberation was not a movement—it was simply unthinkable. But in that year, Quentin Crisp made the courageous decision to “come out” as a homosexual. This exhibitionist with the henna-dyed hair was harassed, ridiculed and beaten. Nevertheless, he claimed his right to be himself—whatever the consequences. “As soon as I stepped out of my mother’s womb… I realized that I had made a mistake,” Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography, which is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
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