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Love him or loathe him, Andrew Sullivan knows how to generate heat. As editor of the New Republic, he shifted the magazine’s emphasis from politics to metapolitics, used it as a vehicle for coming out, andultimatelycorrupted its integrity with essays like Camille Paglia’s ridiculous analysis of Hillary Clinton, “Ice Queen, Drag Queen.” It was an exciting time (even his resignation/termination from the mag in 1996 was sensational, with Sullivan announcing that he was HIV-positive), and the deep thinker still hasn’t lost his knack for creating a buzz. After writing Virtually Normal (about dealing with homosexuality as a political and social phenomenon), Sullivan declared the AIDS crisis over in an article for the New York Times Magazine. That piece, fleshed out, is one of three essays in Sullivan’s new book, Love Undetectable, which contains the neo-con’s musings on homosexual friendship, survivor’s guilt, and religious crisis. Swing by when Sullivan reads from Undetectable, and judge for yourself whether the author is truly a boy wonderor merely a boy toy in disguise. At 7 p.m. at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 462-6969. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)