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 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 book place worker (arranging a ebook celebration hosted through Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels lower than Grand valuable Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies enthusiastic 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 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 instances with humor, candor, and wistfulness.
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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.
They suspected him all the time," Stiles said. " "Bob! " Stiles said gleefully. "And not pennies either. Sprague was fired. The Thirty-ninth Street shop was shut down. " It was all too much for me. " "Red-handed. You see, what security couldn't figure out was since you'd already handed in your resignation before the incident of the missing cash, why would you endanger your last weeks? And when you told them you returned for your umbrella, that seemed to confirm your honesty, as well as how good your memory was.
Schirm saw much and let many things pass. When she finally realized that Spraguealong with the shop and her job-was headed for destruction, she took my side, advising me in her quiet, contralto voice, making much use of deep green, reptilian-lidded eyes. By then it was too late for any of us. I'd arrive at noon, in time for Sprague to barely get out a greeting before he went to lunch. He'd return at 1:oo, when Mrs. Schirm left. However, he seldom took her place at the front desk, but remained on the balcony or charged around the store doing something seemingly important.