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Larry Kramer has done a lot of good. As a novelist, he unapologetically celebrated gay life, fistfucks and all, in Faggots; as a playwright, he personalized the AIDS crisis with The Normal Heart and, later, Destiny of Me; as an activist, he co-founded ACT UP. It is mildly shocking, then, that Lawrence Mass’ collection of essays We Must Love One Another or Die is the first comprehensive look at the writer-prophet’s life and works. To comment on Kramer’s art and righteous anger—toward the plague, toward intolerance, toward himself—Mass has assembled an impressive list: among them, novelist Christopher Bram, playwright Tony Kushner, professional “outer” Michelangelo Signorille. Indeed, the only one missing, it seems, is neo-con Andrew Sullivan, whom Kramer ate alive in an interview for POZ magazine last year. Perhaps Mass will discuss the omission, conscious or not, when he reads from We Must Love at 6 p.m. at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 462-6969. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)