Episode 535 – Finding Michael Denneny

Virtual Memories Show 535:
Finding Michael Denneny

This week’s guest, gay author and editor Michael Denneny, was found dead when I arrived at his apartment to record our session on Saturday, April 15, 2023. This episode consists of a monologue of my experience that day, my appreciation of his amazing and important new collection, ON CHRISTOPHER STREET: Life, Sex and Death After Stonewall (University of Chicago Press), my thoughts on legacy, identity, mortality, the AIDS crisis, what it means to bear witness, and more. Give it a listen, and go read On Christopher Street.

My notes for the conversation:

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About our Guest

Michael Denneny (1943-2023) was a longtime book and magazine editor who played an outsized role in promoting openly gay writers from the mid-1970s onward. In 1976, he cofounded Christopher Street Magazine, one of the first gay literary magazines. He was a freelance editor and consultant living in New York City. He recently published ON CHRISTOPHER STREET: Life, Sex and Death After Stonewall (University of Chicago Press).

Credits: This episode was recorded at my home on a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Zoom PodTrak P4. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Michael by David Morgan. It’s on my instagram.

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