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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.

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Edmund Valentine White III (born January 13, 1940) is a novelist, short-story writer and critic. He is also currently a fiction writing teacher and the director of creative writing at Princeton University.

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