It’s like the old shamans who are often androgynous or homosexual: Since they’re outside normal routine, they’re specialized social critics and have sensitivities that others don’t have; they’re men who see aspects of male history from a woman’s point of view. That spectrum of experience is a useful information bank of supplementary intelligence that can be of real value in community self-understanding and awareness. Anyone in that position has enough troubles fulfilling such heavy duties to the society without being hit on the head for being a fairy; he should be kissed, instead. In fact, innumerable young men ought to offer their bodies to him in order to recompense him for the suffering solitariness of his freaky prophecy-hood. And they should come up offering their bodies before I get too old to enjoy it.

FROM THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH ALLEN GINSBERG

Have you been able to fully accept your own homosexuality?

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