"[I]t could be said that gay novels and short stories are among the best being written anywhere now," says Edmund White in the Village Voice. And it's not just Hollinghurst and Cunningham he's talking about: he cites as examples the work of newcomers John Weir, Vestal McIntyre and Barry McCrea, among others. (All names unknown to one, by the way.) In a double-edged conclusion, he says: "Whereas being cultured was once the entrance fee for being gay, now the gay community has dumbed down like the rest of the population. But ... the current gay literary moment is quietly, almost invisibly adding brilliant new names to a canon that is unknown except to the happy few."