Frank Bruni in the NYT and I in my blog both addressed the role of art in dealing with love: why there is not more art celebrating gay love, and why there is virtually no great art celebrating it. I guess there is some that I’m not aware of, perhaps in India or ancient Greece, but if there were great art that celebrated homosexual love, I think we would be hearing about it constantly these days; therefore, I think it does not exist. The Wikipedia article of homosexuality in ancient Greece stresses that the relationships were usually between adult men and young boys, a pederast relationship that would be frowned on today, but an enduring aspect of gay activity that is downplayed by the press in deference to the gay community. In any case, it’s hard to promote Greek art celebrating pederasty.
Bruni felt deprived because when he was growing up, there were no songs on the radio glorifying gay love. He raises the question, why hasn’t Elton John written some moving songs celebrating gay love? Songs, paintings and novels about homosexual love may be on their way, but it’s indicative that thousands of years of great art have so far produced virtually nothing of interest in that department. Even if new gay art becomes popular, will it stand the test of time and be appreciated by people a hundred or a thousand years from now? In short, Bruni may get the music he wants, but it’s unlikely to be worth much in the long run.