By Felice Picano
A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's existence within the Pines and ny 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 book place worker (arranging a e-book occasion hosted through Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels less than Grand important Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies thinking about the writing and publishing of his first novels, together with clever because the satan and Eyes. Picano additionally regales us with tales concerning the mythical "Class of 1975, " the "Gay 2,000" - hip, political, proficient, appealing younger males who shaped and molded homosexual tradition because it exists at the present time. AIDS finally unfold throughout the Pines like wildfire and approximately ninety eight percentage of the "Gay 2,000" at the moment are lifeless, yet Felice Picano has lived via all of it, and he provides voice to these occasions with humor, candor, and wistfulness.
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In reality he was finding new ways to shore up his authority and irritate the staff. I went for lunch at 3:00 and when I returned, Sprague would have made up an entire list of things for the "staff" to do. Since by that time of day we were only one young woman, Mrs. Schirm, and myself, I ended up doing the difficult jobs. M. and I'd spend the next hour going around the store listening to complaints, calming troubled waters, and consoling the victim of Sprague's latest tongue-lashing. By the time I'd arrived the next day, all had been in vain: someone had quit, someone had told Sprague off and been fired.
I was determined not to let it happen again. e, during my year as a bookseller, I'd not seen anyone seriously. This is not to say I didn't sleep with anyone. I was living in post-Stonewall Greenwich Village. Gay men were suddenly everywhere I looked: blond, red haired, dark, Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Greek, Irish, and Afro-American; from the Middle East and the Midwest, from Colorado, the Deep South, Venezuela and Korea, all of them converging on my neighborhood. I could walk out my hallway to get mail out of the wall boxes at the front door and return to my apartment a few minutes later with mail and a male.
C. into the main office. In fact, he'd taken over Mr. _ _'s job. That executive, quite tarnished by championing Sprague, had taken an early retirement. We celebrated with another drink. Later on I was able to put it all together: the office politics, executives manipulating two younger men. How deeply in Sprague's protector had been forced to go for his sake. How delicately but soundly the other executive had used me. Why he'd said, "They've got us. " Realizing he'd need security to join the game.
A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay (a memoir) by Felice Picano