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Jill Johnston with Dick Cavett in 1973
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THE EXTRAORDINARY JILL
by Charlie Finch



Jill Johnston, who died yesteday at 81, was the very first writer in our era to write as an open lesbian. She was part of a cohort of writers at the Village Voice, beginning in the 1960s, that made that paper the only real read in town and still influences writers (at least middle-aged writers like me) today.

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