Kicked out of the Navy, hounded out of a public-school teaching job, fired from an anchor spot at a major metropolitan TV station: Jonathan Van Decimeter, a.k.a. Owen Thomas, has known none of these experiences, but nonetheless feels deeply a common bond of oppression with his fellow homosexuals. He also wishes he had gaydar as good as John McCain's.
Mr. Van Decimeter, who identifies himself as post-postgay, lives in an overpriced one-bedroom near, but not on, San Francisco's Castro Street, with his lover. He likes to compose lists of urban gay stereotypes to fill, in the hope that naming them will drain them of their power.