By Felice Picano
A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's lifestyles within the Pines and long island in the course of the Sixties and 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 publication get together hosted through Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels less than Grand principal Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies concerned with 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, gifted, attractive younger males who shaped and molded homosexual tradition because it exists this present day. AIDS finally unfold throughout 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 supplies voice to these occasions with humor, candor, and wistfulness.
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You get the point. I was neither hard up nor horny. I was determined to break a losing streak. I was still vulnerable. Although I'd come to hate working at the bookstore, and although I now prized my freedom, I thought of how I had left as a personal defeat. I needed to win for once. That second meeting with Ed extended beyond breakfast to a walk in sunny warmish late autumn weather out onto the Morton Street Pier, and when it got too windy, to David's Pot Belly on Christopher Street for coffee and more talk.
She had noted down from my reading that hydrotherapy was beneficial, and also that she ought to look into any radical, experimental treatments. One had arisen: a hipbone replacement with a new kind of plastic. She would have to strengthen her muscles beforehand and had already begun water therapy, which seemed to be working. Should she look into the new replacement method? Looking at her chart, I advised her to go ahead full steam. And I told her to look into foreign therapies and gave her some future dates that would be best for that.
I said, impressed, as I dropped my coat on his bed. "Mandrake roots," Ed said. " "Wow," I thought as he hugged me hard as a hello. Dinner was okay. We were served drinks and Jon, having sized up the other guests as "snooty art gallery queens" by turn ignored them or good-naturedly eviscerated them. The baked potatoes took forever, and when Jon tested one he quipped, "Ed-ward! " They finally all left and I offered to help clean up. " Ten minutes later we were kissing in his bedroom doorway. Soon after I was able to test the efficacy of all those mandrake roots.
A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay (a memoir) by Felice Picano