Michael Musto
author and critic

The Queen is dead. Long live the queen.

Quentin Crisp—who was out before Rupert Everett, outlandish before Elton John, and alive before George Michael—was the British wit-raconteur-pansy par excellence. A dear man with pinched features and the look of Erté playing Lady Bracknell, the charismatic author and actor was a veritable Pez dispenser of aphorisms, which you could count on him to emit with a seemingly superhuman élan.

(Originally published in the Village Voice, December 7, 1999.)
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