Apparently gay authors can produce witty, humorous works, but not serious literature.
The fact that this homophobic, racist, sexist jerk still has a job doesn't surprise me -- I'm in academe, where homophobia, racism, and sexism is rampant.
Suddenly,to break the silence, or just to stir things up a bit, I raised my hand and asked if Ernest Hemingway may have been Gay. (I think I said "Homosexual Tendencies."
Dr. Dahlquist stared, utterly taken aback. Someone behind me stifled a snicker. Otherwise the room became absolutely silent. I was certain that the Deplorable Word had never been spoken in any classroom at Augustana College, or at any classroom at any college anywhere in the world.
After glancing at the other students, then back to me again, Dr. Dahlquist decided that I was not wisecracking or being initiated into a frat, but asking a legitimate question, however scandalous. He forgot all about Hemingway and began an impromptu lecture:
In spite of the ambiguities of his verse, we know that Walt Whitman scattered illegitimate children along the Eastern seaboard.
Shakespeare’s infamous sonnets written to “Mr. W. H.” reflects a mere convention of the day, and Christopher Marlowe’s reputed love of “tobacco and boys” was a defamation by his enemies.
Gerard Manley Hopkins was a priest, therefore celibate, and as for Oscar Wilde, history tells them that he was merely “posing” as a sodomite: he had a wife and two children:
“The idea that a homo might have the wits to be a writer, especially a great writer, is absurd.”
Strangely enough, Dr. Dahlquist also taught my Creative Writing class, and constantly praised my stories.
Thirty years have passed, but not much has changed. Only "serious heterosexuals" need apply.