Quotation by Edmund White

The AIDS epidemic has rolled back a big rotting log and revealed all the squirming life underneath it, since it involves, all at once, the main themes of our existence: sex, death, power, money, love, hate, disease and panic. No American phenomenon has been so compelling since the Vietnam War.
Edmund White (b. 1940), U.S. author. States of Desire: Travels in Gay America (1980).

"Afterword—AIDS: An American Epidemic," added to 1986 edition.
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