Jameson Currier introduces ‘Still Dancing,’ a fine new collection of 20 shorts stories, with the famous Robert Anderson quote “Death ends a life, but not a relationship” Currier’s fictionalized queer life and times from three decades of the AIDS era at warp speed, has the literary heft of Camus and the quiet urbanity of Cheever.
These intimate ‘non-fiction’ novel episodes unfold from gay Wonderland culture of the Chelsea boys in the late 70s juggling carefree tricks, gyms, bars, clubs, tubs, lovers and ex- husbands that fast fades into the freefall of hospital rooms, brutal relatives, heroism, buddies, grim reckoning and a world of homosexual men in a grievous time.
Currier, whose many books and documentaries about AIDS, chronicles not only a defining era in gay America, but the private lives of the people who triumphed through what looked like defeat. These lives are often so finely drawn, Currier never has to resort to cliché.
On the streets of New York in the late 80s, it might seem like a ghost town of lost souls, but is anything but for Currier where seemingly insignificant moments are crackling with human understanding. ‘Ghosts’ is not only a masterfully crafted short story but an unforgettable metaphor of survivor’s guilt that investigates aspects of grief and emotional infinites.