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01/04/2013

'Esquire' Exec. Editor Mark Warren apologizes to 'the insufferable bastards of ACT UP'

by Jeremy Hooper

How To Survive A Plague was my hands down most powerful film experience of 2012. I'm far from alone in that.

Check out this great letter from Esquire magazine in which Executive Editor Mark Warren gives present day respect to his past annoyances:

Dear Larry Kramer,

I owe you an apology.

I thought that I knew everything I needed to know about the AIDS epidemic. It struck just as I was entering adulthood, and I followed the politics of the disease through the 1980s as it became an unparalleled public-health catastrophe. I watched as Reagan did nothing, I read Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On, I saw your play The Normal Heart, I watched as my big brother Craig (whom you met) got horribly sick and died. And I moved to New York just in time to be both admiring of and annoyed by the guerrilla street theater of your group ACT UP, which you founded to hector a feckless and hostile political class into doing something in the face of all that death.

KEEP READING: Silence = Death [Esquire]

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