As the Times's cultural critic Margo Jefferson says on the back cover, Miller's book is "like a musical score that the genre has yet to catch up with." If you go into a Sondheim show expecting Jerry Herman, you will be disappointed. Miller writes in long, complicated, Proustian sentences: his approach is demanding, sometimes exhausting, but if you do the work, it pays off richly, both intellectually and emotionally. This book is not designed to be read quickly for information or to confirm existing recieved ideas about gay men. It is a dreamy meditation, a passionate combination of language and sentiment that is designed to be read with love, the same love that gay men so often have for musical theatre. This is not a simple expositional piece, nor does it attempt to be. "Place for Us" requires substantial time and rereading, and when given the attention it deserves, it is enormously rewarding and insightful.
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