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Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945 By Ina Russell,

  • Title: Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945
  • Author: Ina Russell
  • ISBN: 9780571198474
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here is the journal of Jeb Alexander, a gay man who lived in Washington, D.C during the first half of the 20th century Documents his life and details the joy anguish of his on off love affair with college chum C.C Dasham.
    Jeb and Dash A Diary of Gay Life Here is the journal of Jeb Alexander a gay man who lived in Washington D C during the first half of the th century Documents his life and details the joy anguish of his on off love affair with col

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    1. Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsFinally finished This book took me months to read and even though I was tempted to set it aside than once, I m glad I was patient enough to see it through to the end.This is a condensed version of Jeb s diary edited by his niece, Ina Russell, starting from when Jeb was 12 years old and ending a year before his death in 1965 This diary covers the years between 1918 and 1959 I loved the glimpse of history between two world wars, politics, famou [...]

    2. This 284 page condensation of about 50 volumes of a personal diary provides a wealth of detail about gay life in Washington DC from WW1 to WW 2 Much of it is fascinating, but much of it is also repetitive and boring The niece of Jeb Alexander edited the huge archive but needed to be ruthless in her trimming Probably 100 150 pages would have been sufficient Ina Russell, who acknowledges she knew very little about her uncle s gay life, apparently has cut out some of the erotic material The daily [...]

    3. I ll come clean and admit that I gave up half way through this book I am usually persistent if I ve paid for something but this just bored me I suspect that the severe editing combined with the very safe life style of Jeb contributed to the rather turgid style.The editor is a nephew I think of the diary writer He is not gay He states in the introduction that the diaries are quite extensive so they are severely edited He removed the boring parts about the cruising and the casual meet ups I though [...]

    4. This edited journal of a gay man living among a group of gay friends in Washington, DC, from 1918 1945, provided a fascinating glimpse into that world For me, one of the most memorable moments which offered a unique perspective of urban life during the Depression was when Jeb finds a man sleeping on a cot in his hallway The landlord had rented out the hall for 10 a month Eventually the cot disappears when the hallway tenant couldn t pay even the 10 As a person, Jeb not his real name was obsessed [...]

    5. Highly recommended I could hardly put this down I think I identified a great deal with the author It s amazing how very little some things have changed for gay men I really sympathized with Jeb s difficulties as he struggled to find a meaningful vocation, tried to find a voice as a writer and struggled with his sexuality and tried to find love More than that, it was fascinating to read firsthand accounts from someone working in Washington during the end of WWI, through the Great Depression and t [...]

    6. Read this for my Gender and Sexuality history class Aside from the fact that Jeb, whose diary it is, sometimes comes across as the whiniest teenager and twenty year old ever, his complaints are sometimes well founded He has a lot to complain about, and aren t most people s private diaries just complaint vats I know mine was The good news is he matures He never stops complaining, but as time passes he comments fruitfully on, and becomes observant of, the world surrounding him My favorite histor [...]

    7. This is a nicely edited collection of diary entries by a gay man spanning almost three decades in the early 20th century It reads like a story rather than just a bunch of strung together snippets from a man s journal While it focuses on Jeb s one sided mostly infatuation with Dash, it also provides a good insight into the dynamics of a circle of gay friends living in Washington DC in the last century The historical artifacts of prohibition, two world wars, and the Great Depression make for obvio [...]

    8. More than just a diary, this carefully edited story casts a warm and lingering light on post war Washington DC, and examines a life of chronic Almosts Recently adapted to the stage.

    9. Equal parts depressing and inspiring, but the historical details of a life so different from mine, mixed with personal ruminations that are way too familiar, are what kept me riveted.

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