October #75 : D.I.Y. Thoreau - by Angelo Ragaza

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Vagina Monologues

A Negative Exposure

A Dangerous Age

Dissing Disability Queens

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Hat Trick

The Chastity Beltway

Burn in Helms


Exchange Suit

Piece of Pie

Mama Bear

Naked Eye

Rock Steady

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The Viral Lode

Rent Checked

D.I.Y. Thoreau

Shingles Scene

The Brits Are Revolting

U.K./U.S. Orals

Chronic Fatigue

Pulp Friction

Snapshots: Rebekka Armstrong


Butt Out

Wart's Up?

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October 2001

D.I.Y. Thoreau

by Angelo Ragaza

The term self-published is sure to evoke visions of would-be Edna St. Vincent Millays and fringe messiahs. But this month, through the online self-publishing house, Xlibris (www.Xlibris.com), there's a prize in the popcorn: Paul Reed's The Redwood Diary. From the pine-scented seclusion of a cabin outside San Francisco, Reed -- a longtime AIDS survivor -- records the minute changes in the weather, the Russian River and the wildflowers around him. The influence of Thoreau's classic Walden is clear, but here the woods are also a backdrop for battle -- it's 1995, friends are dying, and Reed himself, beset with nightsweats and fevers, depression and anxiety, is waging a daily war with AIDS. Quiet and confessional, Diary reads more like an epic pen-pal letter or a care package for posterity than your run-of-the-mill literary journal.

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