• The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some, 1976–1988

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  • Preface  xi
    1. My Mother's Death  1
    2. Attempted Therapies: Theater, LSD, Bioenergetics  9
    3. A New Kind of History: Gay Scholarship  14
    4. Reading My Circadian Chart  26
    5. Hustlers  37
    6. A Heart Attack  45
    7. The Reagan Years Begin  51
    8. The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Gay Movement  56
    9. Writing the Paul Robeson Biography  79
    10. New York Native  91
    11. CUNY, Christopher Lasch, and Eugene Genovese  96
    12. The Onset of AIDS  107
    13. Completing Robeson  117
    14. The Salmagundi Controversy  126
    15. Paul Robeson Jr.  135
    16. Depression  139
    17. Hospitalization  154
    18. Getting Clean: AA and CA  162
    19. East Germany and After  172
    20. The Theater Again  181
    21. Aftermaths: 1985–1988  187
    Acknowledgments  223
    Index  225
  • "Challenging gay invisibility and confronting anti-gay bigotry among the intelligentsia are key battlefronts on which Marty fought early, bravely and often. The passion of his arguments and efforts is everywhere in the testimony of The Rest of Us."


  • "Challenging gay invisibility and confronting anti-gay bigotry among the intelligentsia are key battlefronts on which Marty fought early, bravely and often. The passion of his arguments and efforts is everywhere in the testimony of The Rest of Us."

  • “Martin Duberman's page-turning account of these dozen years of his life—which were deeply unhappy and riven with major crises—is searing in its honesty, unsparing in its self-criticism, and revealing of things that most people would rather keep to themselves. The Rest of It is an amazingly absorbing and powerful book.” — John D’Emilio

    "The Rest of It is a gripping, sometimes funny, always searingly honest personal account of one gay man's journey during a pivotal era in the United States and in the LGBTQ rights movement. Much more than that, it's an important historical record from a writer and activist who was deeply immersed in shaping many of the movement's milestones. This book fills in the gaps of Martin Duberman's intense, amazing and enormously productive life, and we're all the wiser for having it." — Michelangelo Signorile

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    For many, the death of a parent marks a low point in their personal lives. For Martin Duberman—a major historian and a founding figure in the history of gay and lesbian studies—the death of his mother was just the beginning of what became a twelve-year period filled with despair, drug addiction, and debauchery. From his cocaine use, massive heart attack, and immersion into New York's gay hustler scene to experiencing near-suicidal depression and attending rehab, The Rest of It is the previously untold and revealing story of how Duberman managed to survive his turbulent personal life while still playing leading roles in the gay community and the academy.

    Despite the hardships, Duberman managed to be incredibly productive: he wrote his biography of Paul Robeson, rededicated himself to teaching, wrote plays, and coedited the prize-winning Hidden from History. His exploration of new paths of scholarship culminated in his founding of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, thereby inaugurating a new academic discipline. At the outset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic Duberman increased his political activism, and in these pages he also describes the tensions between the New Left and gay organizers, as well as the profound homophobia that created the conditions for queer radical activism. Filled with gossip, featuring cameo appearances by luminaries such as Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Vivian Gornick, Susan Brownmiller, Kate Millett, and Néstor Almendros, among many others, and most importantly, written with an unflinching and fearless honesty, The Rest of It provides scathing insights into a troubling decade of both personal and political history. It is a stimulating look into a key period of Duberman's life, which until now had been too painful to share.

    About The Author(s)

    Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, at City University of New York, where he founded and directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is the author of numerous histories, biographies, memoirs, essays, plays, and novels, which include Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey; Paul Robeson; Stonewall; Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971–1981; Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community; The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein; Jews/Queers/Germans; and more than a dozen others. His biography of Charles Francis Adams won the Bancroft Prize, and his coedited anthology Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past won two Lambda Literary Awards. He won a third Lambda Award for Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS. Duberman received the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Historical Association, as well as two honorary degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College, and Doctor of Letters from Columbia University. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Duberman lives in New York City.
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