Author Archive | Felice Picano

John Rechy’s Return to the Island

  After the Blue Hour John Rechy Grove Press. 212 pages, $25.   IF ALL YOU KNOW of John Rechy’s work is City of Night or Numbers or Rushes, be advised that his later novels, such as Marilyn’s Daughter (1988), The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez (1991), and even The Life and Adventures of Lyle […]

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Tennessee Roams New Orleans

      The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans is 31 years old this year. Next year, its smaller sibling, The Saints & Sinners Festival, will celebrate its 15th anniversary. After years of being held at separate times, they are now held together, in the last week of March. (Williams’ birthday was March 26th.) […]

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The Fine Art of Writing and Waiting

  Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals of John Wieners Edited by Michael Seth Stewart City Lights Books. 219 pages, $16.95   I   MET JOHN WIENERS once in Boston. It was in the late 1990s, after a reading I’d done at the Glad Day Bookshop on Boylston Street. The manager, John Mitzel, and writer Charlie Shively, […]

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In the Age of the Gay Memoir

  AN HOUR BEFORE I was due there, I was surprised to read on my calendar that I was part of a reading group at the Huntington Library in San Marino, part of the hundredth birthday celebration of the writer Christopher Isherwood, born in 1904. I’d totally forgotten. His widower, Don Bachardy, had asked me […]

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The Remains of the Night

  I’m always a writer, which means that I’m also often a journalist. So here is my Journalism 101 attempt to get at the truth about Stonewall. My “sample” includes three gay men, a transgendered person of color, a lesbian, and a heterosexual woman who lived a few doors away—which I think pretty much matches […]

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Can sex be (re)liberated?

  Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore Beacon Press. 232 pages, $25.   FOR THOSE OF US over forty, it’s pretty obvious by now that the gay political movement that leapt forward so astonishingly after the Stonewall Riots of 1969 is dead and buried. Current ballyhooing around the […]

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Women, Men, and Early ‘Gay Lib’

LAURA J. MERRELL’S response to my review of Beyond Shame, by Patrick Moore, in the January-February 2005 issue of this journal was in several ways so strangely unmeasured a rejoinder-half the length of my entire review-that I felt that it deserved attention and response. …

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Being Henry James

… [Henry] James very consciously represented in his person whatever intellectual aristocracy the U.S. then possessed.

This is one key to Henry James’s character, and novelist Colm Tóibín has caught it to perfection in his fiction-not novel-The Master, …

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Showgirls of Key West

… Leila J. Rupp and Verta Taylor have trumped all the other researchers with Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret, an in-depth look at a Duval Street institution in Key West. Scholarly, well-informed, and filled with fascinating people and their stories-the drag queens in their double lives as well as those who associate with them-the book is utterly entertaining. …

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