‘Carthage must be destroyed’

This list, assembled by Benoît Denizet-Lewis, is as atrociously presented as one would expect from a site run by incompetent Web developers/SEO whores.

  • The whole thing’s split over four pageview-inflating pages; even Readability can’t assemble them into one.

  • The markup is so atrocious it can’t even wrap around contributor photos properly.

  • There is an obfuscation of Amazon affiliate links that is one step away from cheating.

  • Some items are simply misspelled.

  • Even the slugs suck, but these people are too stupid to understand why slugs matter.

Because you, like me, want only the merged and deduped list and nothing else, here it is. And these are manifestly not the best “LGBT” books of all time, since, as we know, LGBT is a lie. No, I’m not going to look up links at LibraryThing.

  1. À rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans
  2. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
  3. A Voice Through a Cloud by Denton Welch
  4. All: A James Broughton Reader, Jack Foley, ed.
  5. Another Country by James Baldwin
  6. Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
  7. Baker Street by Guy Davis
  8. The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers
  9. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  10. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette
  11. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  12. Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, Essex Hemphill, ed.
  13. The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies by Vito Russo
  14. Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry by Essex Hemphill
  15. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century by John Boswell
  16. City of Night by John Rechy
  17. Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration by David Wojnarowicz
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. Complete Poems by Constantine Cavafy
  20. The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil
  21. Dancer From the Dance by Andrew Holleran
  22. Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary by Erika Moen
  23. Don’t Bite the Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine by Tanith Lee
  24. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
  25. Falconer by John Cheever
  26. The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell
  27. The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
  28. Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. by Jonathan Katz
  29. The Gay Militants by Donn Teal
  30. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  31. The Greeks and Greek Love by James N. Davidson
  32. Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal by J.R. Ackerley
  33. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology edited by Barbara Smith
  34. The Hotel Wentley Poems by John Wieners
  35. I Remember by Joe Brainard
  36. I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company by Brian Hall
  37. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  38. In Youth Is Pleasure by Denton Welch
  39. Koolaids: The Art of War by Rabih Alameddine
  40. Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
  41. Love and Rockets by the Hernandez Brothers
  42. The Man of the House by Stephen McCauley
  43. The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon by Tom Spanbauer
  44. The Master by Colm Tóibín
  45. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguérite Yourcenar
  46. The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1960–1965 by Samuel Delany
  47. Nocturnes for the King of Naples by Edmund White
  48. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  49. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
  50. Picasso and Dora: A Memoir by James Lord
  51. The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction 1948–1985 by James Baldwin
  52. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
  53. The Pure and the Impure by Colette
  54. Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay by Aaron Fricke
  55. The Satyricon by Petronius
  56. Saul’s Book by Paul T. Rogers
  57. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T.E. Lawrence
  58. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  59. The Symposium by Plato
  60. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
  61. Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
  62. Valencia by Michelle Tea
  63. Was by Geoff Ryman
  64. The Way We Live Now by Susan Sontag
  65. We Too Are Drifting by Gale Wilhelm
  66. What’s for Dinner? by James Schuyler
  67. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Memo to the Good Men Project: Hire a real developer, or at least stop faking it.

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