"In art politics, to be homosexual is, a priori, more correct than to be heterosexual. Because to be an artist is to be an outsider, and to be a gay artist is to be a double outsider. That's the correct condition. If you're a straight artist, it's not clear that your outsiderness is legitimate. I know this is totally absurd. But the fact is that in our culture it does fall primarily to gays and blacks to make something interesting. Almost everything from straight white culture is less interesting, and has been for a long time."
--painter David Salle from 1992 in Janet Malcolm's new collection Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers [Kindle]. The wonderfully provoking book includes a 76-page profile of lesbian editor Ingrid Sischy, as well as shorter takes on Edith Wharton's misogyny,Allen Shawn's phobias, Irving Penn's nudes, Thomas Struth shooting the Queen, Julia Margaret Cameron, J.D. Salinger, Joseph Mitchell, Diane Arbus, Edward Weston, the Bloomsbury group, and the author of the Gossip Girl novels, among others.