Dr. lock Jones, gay professor of English, recently un-closet-ed, and author of a novel with a homosexual theme (maybe like Something You Do In the Dark, Curzon's previous opus) sweats his way through a job interview at a Fresno college. But they hire him. No wonder--half the English department is covertly (or not so covertly) gay: on campus, lock receives many sotto voce invitations to make whoopee, and overhears much bitchery. But when poor lock goes a little too public and wants to start up a Gay Studies course, do you think these people would support him? Suddenly no one has an encouraging word; they're all too afraid of their own reputations. But what can fiercely vegetarian lock expect from these ""carnivores"" anyway? (""It was a dead cow he was chewing; it had been murdered to be eaten and nobody thought anything of it."") So lock has to go it alone--doing his own fighting, eloquently waging verbal battle: ""What gives you the right to be so sure you're so. . . so right?"" And then Jock's foes write a letter to his mother, who's in a nursing home, telling her he's gay. . .!!! For gay lib without Curzon's hilarious ineptness, see Manuel Puig, below.