City of Night
What It’s About? Published in 1963, this groundbreaking book changed the way many gay men thought of literature, allowing for generations to explore their lives in authentic ways. Sometimes called the rent boy’s On the Road, Night explored an urban underworld of drag queens and hustlers—from New York City to New Orleans and beyond. Not altogether anthropological, it does offer a glimpse into a world that feels long gone.
Just a Taste: The book served as an inspiration for Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, where the line “Once you stop going for money, you start growing wings” was directly lifted from Night