Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin


Author Profession: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian edit data
Born: May 13, 1944
Age: 72 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus


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I've always believed you can get closer to the truth by pretending not to speak it.

The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives.

Being in love is the only transcendent experience.

I haven't lost faith in human nature and I haven't decided to be less compassionate to strangers.

But I'm acutely aware that the possibility of fraud is even more prevalent in today's world because of the Internet and cell phones and the opportunity for instant communication with strangers.

Like I've always said, love wouldn't be blind if the braille weren't so damned much fun.

The film itself involves a New York City radio storyteller, Gabriel Noone, who strikes up a friendship with one of his fans, an abused 14-year-old teenager who is suffering from AIDS, who does not have much longer to live.

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.

I believe very firmly that gay people of every stripe and age should be role models for all children, and that means interacting with them.

I've included these little jokes and mysteries in my writing for the amusement of readers.

I have always distrusted memoir. I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction. It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it. Some things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir.

I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short.

It may interest you to know that my breakup with Terry and this mystery did not happen concurrently in real life. That is a writer's device, which places Gabriel under even greater pressure when the mystery begins to reveal itself.

My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short.

I've always drawn on bits and pieces of my own life.

I'm the age now that Rock was when he picked me up, so I can understand how he felt - how his fame limited his freedom. You get kinder as you go along.

But it's amazing how many people think that gay men should slink off into the shadows when it comes to having friendships with children.

I consider myself much better adjusted than Gabriel.

I tend to prefer the shelter of fiction.

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct, rescued me most of my life.

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