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Gore Vidal's novel "The City and the Pillar" would make an interesting movie. I just re-read it and realized how shocking this book must have been in 1948. Jim, the protagonist is not just the All American boy next door who happens to be gay but he also does not seem to have any shame about his homosexual desire. The novel traces Jim's quest to reconnect with his teenage crush which leads him on a tour of gay American culture of the period. from Hollywood, to the army to New York high society. The book has not dated at all and Jim's romantic obsession is timeless. Vidal revised the novel in the 60's and changed to original darker ending. The censors would have never allowed the film to be made in 1950's but I keep imagining Tab Hunter as Jim.