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 lifestyles within the Pines and ny through 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 ebook get together hosted by way of Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels less than Grand imperative 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, gifted, appealing younger males who shaped and molded homosexual tradition because it exists this day. 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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There was an easiness about the next few weeks that even then seemed idyllic. It helped that I was feeling suddenly freed, that I had a new goal in life-to become a writer in the next few months no matter what it took. It helped that Edward continually pleased me by his terrific good looks-and less expected-by his desire to teach me all that he knew. This meant art, primarily. Although I'd taken courses in high school and college-both applied and art history-Ed's training as an artist had been intense, far more complete than mine.

Since then, I'd taught myself more about music, forms, chords, fugues, etc. Ed kept asking what it was I was hearing, certain it was more than he was hearing. No, I insisted. I simply heard more precisely. He argued and I finally accepted that hearing more precisely in music did mean hearing more. That was another of Ed's talents: his power of argument. He never got angry, but he seemed to never enter a debate-no matter how innocuous-without first having arrayed all his logic and rhetoric in advance.

I know we have our differences," he tried in a less aggrieved tone of voice, "and now that I understand the source ... " In fact, I believed the two executives had lied to us. "This doesn't solve the problem. " "Mr. _ _ said he has no positions open on your level and no one to replace you here. Maybe soon at the Wall Street shop ... " I'd seen that shop, a three-man shoe box. " "Well, there's nothing open. So you'll just have to make the best of it," Sprague added in his best snooty-nine-year-old-girl tone of voice that so annoyed me.

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