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Author Archive | Felice Picano

Why We Remember Charles Henri Ford

  Charles Henri Ford: Between Modernism and Post Modernism by Alexander Howard Bloomsbury. 251 pages, $114.     IT’S QUITE POSSIBLE that only a few readers of this magazine will know who Charles Henri Ford was. Yet here we have a lengthy and heavily annotated book from Bloomsbury Press about his work—or, rather, about certain aspects of […]

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Fire Island: The Democratic Years

    At the end of his tandem review of my three memoirs, Ambidextrous, Men Who Loved Me, and A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay, the respected critic Jesse Monteagudo, referring to the last of the three, wrote in a weekly online magazine, Gaytoday/badpuppy.com, that “Picano’s Fire Island excluded eighty percent […]

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John Rechy’s Return to the Island

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 Clemens (2003), are not only worth reading but far more entertaining on different levels than many popular novels by much younger writers. For those who clamor for a more “gay-themed” book from Rechy than the above, his latest novel, After the Blue Hour, ought to be the answer.

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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 is a good start toward reviving Wieners. Another step in this direction was the publication last year of a collection titled Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books).

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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

  DURING THE MANY 25th anniversary celebrations of the Stonewall Riots in 1994, I was somewhat surprised to hear so many people saying they had been there that night in June, 1969. I remember once adding them up and concluding that, if everyone who said they were there, actually had been present, they not only […]

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Can sex be (re)liberated?

Beyond Shame is a unique and strangely moving account of what went right—and what went wrong—with gay life in America over the past 35 years.

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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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