The book and movie are brilliant. This book is great if you want to know the origins of Aids. However, Gaetan Dugas was Not “Patient Zero“. It is believed that Robert Rayford, a black young man from Missouri is the First case of Aids and he died from it in 1969. This was confirmed in 2007 by testing the dead boy’s blood and the results confirmed that he indeed died of AIDS. By reading this book I learned of gay practices I had no idea about, the use of “enhancers” such as poppers, the practicing of something called “fisting”. There was a Huge division within the gay community; those who were monogamous and more family oriented and wanted the bathhouses to close, and the ones that were promiscuous and had had sexual partners in the upward thousands. The book traces the origins of Aids from Africa, the first case reported in 1981 and the latter part of the late 80’s. Sadly Randy Shilts died in 1994. I recommend the HBO movie, it has a Brilliant ensemble cast but Matthew Modine stood out the most as Dr. Don Francis and his Speech in this scene was very powerful.
“How many dead hemophiliacs do you need? How many people have to die to make it cost efficient for you people to do something about it? A hundred? A thousand? Give us a number so we won’t annoy you again until the amount of money you begin spending on lawsuits makes it more profitable for you to save people then to kill them?”
Another book recommended to me is The River by Edward Hooper.
On the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 90th birth anniversary of the poet and writer Maya Angelou I want to post this beautiful poem by Dr. Maya Angelou.
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
What a beautiful movie!! I’m not Mexican but it makes me Immensely proud To be Latin American!!QUE VIVA MEXICO!! QUE VIVA AMERICA LATINA!!
Mañana se Cumplen 42 años del último golpe militar en este hermoso país Sudamericano. Según la CONADEP más de 30,000 personas desaparecieron entre el 1976-1983. Las masivas desapariciones se dieron entre los primeros tres años de la dictadura (1976-1979). Lo peor de esta dictadura fue la apropiación de los bebés, de los cuales la mitad aun después de tanto tiempo siguen sin saber sobre su verdadera identidad.
A beautiful italian small city outside of Milan. It’s the stunning countryside where the beautiful masterpiece of film Call Me By Your Name was filmed. I am an amalgamation of Spanish, Latin American ( Puerto Rico, Cuba) And Irish ancestry. I now know my Italian side comes from a town call Siena in the Tuscan Region. And The Spanish Side from Tarragona, Catalonya. I’m also Immensely proud to claim Native American Blood (Creek Indian). Nonetheless, this is about the beautiful Villa This wonderful movie was filmed. Thank you Luca Guadagnino for this beautiful movie, one of the greatest love stories I’ve seen in decades.
A wonderful musician and true artist that I will Always miss. Cliche but true, music like the olden days (pretty much before the mid 90’s) Will Always be the Best.