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The Journalist of Castro StreetThe Life of Randy Shilts$
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Andrew E. Stoner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042485

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.001.0001

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Clean and Sober

Clean and Sober

(p.144) Chapter 9 Clean and Sober
The Journalist of Castro Street

Andrew E. Stoner

University of Illinois Press

Shilts finally addresses his addiction to alcohol and marijuana, including in-patient rehabilitation and Alcoholics Anonymous. Shilts grapples with the death of his friend Gary Walsh from AIDS, and the unexpected death of his mother. Shilts offers a first-person account of physical abuse he suffered as a child for an anthology edited by actor Suzanne Somers. Shilts is passed over for inclusion in the documentary version on the life of Harvey Milk, while rights sold to his Milk bio languish and a film is never produced.

Keywords:   personal diary writing, living sober, alcoholism, marijuana use, And the Band Played On, adult survivors of abuse, Suzanne Somers, homosexual scorn, Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, Progressive magazine, HIV transmission, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Washington Post, Woodstein, Mayor of Castro Street, book writing process, Gus Van Sant, Milk, Dustin Lance Black, Cleve Jones, Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Critic’s Choice Awards, The Times of Harvey Milk, documentary making, film options

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