Identities become not so much categories to be occupied, owned, protected, or rejected, but spaces to be navigated, revisited, revised and elided on a moment-to-moment basis. – Noreen Giffney Over the Ortmann’s New Year’s family lunch on February 1st – yes, we tend to postpone celebrations – my niece Bettina, who is a librarian in Brugge, referred to “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. A pageturner, which she enjoyed a lot. “It’s about a bunch of gay men in Chicago in the 80s”, she said “and about how they coped with AIDS”. The book is a nice read, although I don’t expect it to land on number 1 of my 2020 reading list. But page by page it threw me back to my youth.…