The Antiquarians
Padlock IconThis article is only a portion of the full article. If you are already a premium subscriber please login. If you are not a premium subscriber, please subscribe for access to all of our content.

Published in: March-April 2005 issue.


A Passion to PreserveA Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture
by Will Fellows
University of Wisconsin Press.
280 pages, $30.




Steve: We don’t have children.

Adam: We have taste.
— Paul Rudnick,
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told


WILL FELLOWS’ A Passion to Preserve is really two books. One looks at living gay men who have devoted their lives to restoring and preserving old houses and other American antiquities. The other documents some similar men who did the same sort of work in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Much of the contemporary material consists of oral histories in the manner of Fellows’ earlier book, Farm Boys (1996), and is fascinating to read.

To continue reading this article, please LOGIN or SUBSCRIBE


Duncan Mitchel is a writer living in Bloomington, Indiana.


Read More from Duncan Mitchel