PRINT September 2002


Andrew Solomon on Frank Moore

THE WHOLE TIME I KNEW FRANK MOORE, he was dying; but this made his actual death, at the age of forty-eight, even more shocking than it would otherwise have been. Frank’s characteristic state of hovering transition seemed permanent: As clearly as I believed that Frank would never be well, I believed that he would never die. He came so close to dying so many times and always managed to pull back: Deathbeds were places he visited the way the rest of us visit sleep. Like Evel Knievel, he stayed alive against the odds, almost ostentatiously, as though he believed death could be defied through pure bullishness. Frank had AIDS for fifteen years, survived multiple cancers, endured experimental bone marrow replacement therapy, tried drugs that never made it to market and drugs he helped bring to market, fought off more opportunistic infections than one knew there could be opportunities for, built

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