his project began as a conference paper about tv as a ve-
hicle for sexual revolution in Vidal’s Myra Breckinridge
and Myron. I wrote it at the invitation of my Concordia
colleagues Tom Waugh and Chantal Nadeau,
who cohosted the ‘‘Sex on the Edge’’ conference in Montreal
in October 1998. That paper never would have become this
book without the warm reception of its audience, especially
Michael Warner, Michael Moon, and Jonathan Goldberg, or
without the promptings, conversation, and involvement of
other friends and colleagues. Amy Villarejo, my copanelist on
that occasion, drew my attention to Vidal’s aphorism: ‘‘Never
pass up the opportunity to have sex or appear on television.’’
In a way, the whole book was there in embryo, but its instincts
needed to be unfolded and substantiated by more reading and
Many thanks to the people who provided friendly ears and
key suggestions at timely moments, including Larry Glick-
man, Jill Frank, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Chantal Nadeau,
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