This rich anthology of essays, stories, and correspondences offers the cumulative voice of the important post-Stonewall generation of gay writers who called themselves the Violet Quill. The book begins with a young Edmund White's letter to Ann and Alfred Corn about the Stonewall riots: ``The Voice runs two front- page stories on the riots, both snide, both devoted primarily to assuring readers that the authors are straight.'' It ends with Andrew Holleran's salute to the solidarity of the Violet Quill, in which he recalls the words of a friend, Robert Ferro, afflicted with AIDS: `` `I am hoping that in the next month or two, they will get into trying combination tests of several drugs.... A hot cup of AZT and Interleukin-II, please. The genetic vaccine and Dr. Lo's new virus. Hold the mayo.' ''