A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay (a memoir) by Felice Picano

By Felice Picano

A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's existence within the Pines and long island in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. He chronicles his amorous affairs and the tortuous intricacies of an established love triangle, his hilarious misadventures as a book shop worker (arranging a e-book occasion hosted by way of Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels lower than Grand valuable Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies fascinated about the writing and publishing of his first novels, together with shrewdpermanent 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 useless, 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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That Saturday evening in late November was in no way different from any other night, except that as I got to the back door, I saw that it was raining outside. The door was already slammed shut behind me, so I had to open it and go back in to get my umbrella upstairs on the balcony. The following Monday, when I got into work, the atmosphere seemed subtly changed. Sprague was on the phone when I went upstairs to put away my street clothing. Threems never looked up, and left the balcony when Sprague gestured for me to stay.

Soon after I was able to test the efficacy of all those mandrake roots. We stayed awake afterward, talking, and we woke up late the next morning. It was chilly and we had coffee in bed. Then Ed pulled the TV over on its trolley to the living room pass-through and we sat up in bed, watching some astronaut or other walk on the moon. We showered together and when I began to towel off my back, Ed grabbed it, saying, "What do you think other people are A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay 52 for?

I'd discovered that our customers-unlike those at Grand Central who were mostly men and on the run and preferred nonfiction best-sellers-were FELICE PICANO 27 women who shopped at Lord &. Taylor and dropped in for novels. " I got Dan Pritch to order classical records and made him intersperse Albinoni and Handel with Highway 61 and Let It Bleed. And to placate Sprague, whenever a Broadway musical was released on LP, I got Fritch to feature the album. It required infinite patience. I ran into both overt and covert resistance at every step.

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