By Felice Picano
A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's lifestyles within the Pines and big apple throughout the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. He chronicles his amorous affairs and the tortuous intricacies of an established love triangle, his hilarious misadventures as a bookstall worker (arranging a e-book celebration hosted through Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels lower than Grand significant Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies fascinated with the writing and publishing of his first novels, together with shrewdpermanent because the satan and Eyes. Picano additionally regales us with tales in regards to the mythical "Class of 1975, " the "Gay 2,000" - hip, political, proficient, attractive younger males who shaped and molded homosexual tradition because it exists at the present time. AIDS ultimately unfold in the course of the Pines like wildfire and approximately ninety eight percentage of the "Gay 2,000" are actually lifeless, yet Felice Picano has lived via all of it, and he provides voice to these instances with humor, candor, and wistfulness.
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The living room was a triangle less the apex, which had been cut off to make the bathroom. At night, sitting on the long sofa, one had the streetlighted windows ahead, a wall-to-wall carpet, solid, masculine-looking furniture, and one wall dominated by large, earth-colored abstract oils, painted by Ed a few years before. The wall between the bedroom and the living room had been cut through chest high, covered by a little blind. But the bedroom! I'd never been in a place like it before. Lights on dimmers recessed into the wall trim.
The more I looked at her chart and learned of her life, the more it struck me that she'd been given many assets-looks, talent, athletic prowess, the ability to instill desire in others, sound sense, good luck with money-and thrown it away. She had only avoided by the tiniest margin becoming a alcohol-sodden harridan living on the streets. All this showed up in her chart not as personality defects, but as external forces arrayed against her, seemingly negating everything positive. I was relieved when she went to London for the operation and called to say it was a success.
Next time Sprague's boyfriend came in to pick him up, she smirked at me and gestured a limp wrist. Even so, she was a prudent woman and so it wasn't until midOctober that Sprague openly alienated her. Before the large Christmas book stock arrived was deemed the best time to take annual inventory. It was a horrendous, time-consuming job everyone dreaded. We had to come in all day one Sunday and tick off by price every book and record in the shop. In previous years, Mrs. Schirm had gotten the day off because she was a deaconess of her church.
A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay (a memoir) by Felice Picano