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The hard truth about hard numbers: AIDS and the accountability of artists

“1,112 and counting” is the title of famed activist Larry Kramer’s seminal 1983 essay in the New York Native, a strident, early call-to-arms that helped set the response to AIDS in motion. From the very beginning it seems, the notion of counting, of confronting the public with the shocking numbers of those affected by the virus, has been one of the central thrusts of activism in response to HIV and AIDS....