Quentin Crisp

Utne Reader visionary [Originally published as Quentin Crisp in the January-February 1995 issue of Utne Reader]

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A film and book critic who calls himself “the world’s oldest homosexual,” Crisp is the queen of queens: He was recently cast as Queen Elizabeth in Sally Potter’s film, Orlando (based on the novel by Virginia Woolf). His classic autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, and his “Diary” on New York culture in New York Native have given him a reputation as the most flamboyant, wise, and witty gay icon around.