James Dean in Baxter’s Friends

There is at least one reference to the late actor James Dean in Baxter’s Friends.  The book is set in the mid-1980s.  At the time the male characters were growing up, Dean was an icon, a symbol of rebellious youth, cool beyond comparison.  When Baxter, Ferguson and Mitch were teenagers, every boy wanted to be James Dean.  It is interesting to note that after his death, stories surfaced about Dean, about his sexual experimentation, his androgynous aspect, his male/female physiognomy.  Besides representing the recklessness and youth the character’s yearn for, James Dean represents the confused sexuality that can haunt some male relationships.

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