By Felice Picano
A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's lifestyles within the Pines and ny in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. He chronicles his amorous affairs and the tortuous intricacies of an established love triangle, his hilarious misadventures as a bookstall worker (arranging a ebook celebration hosted by way of Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels under Grand valuable Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies concerned about the writing and publishing of his first novels, together with clever 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 finally unfold in the course of the Pines like wildfire and approximately ninety eight percentage of the "Gay 2,000" at the moment are useless, 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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What Sprague didn't know was that it also lost him his last ally in the store. Mrs. Schirm waited several weeks. One afternoon as Sprague and his pal left the store, chatting and laughing in what looked even to me like a painful caricature of campy homosexual behavior, Mrs. Schirm turned to me, her eyes even more hooded than usual, and said, "I don't care what people do on their own time. " I'd never told her about my private life, and I know that in other circumstances I would have defended another gay, pointing out that this was after business hours.