By Felice Picano
A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's lifestyles within the Pines and big apple in the course of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. He chronicles his amorous affairs and the tortuous intricacies of an established love triangle, his hilarious misadventures as a bookshop worker (arranging a ebook celebration hosted via Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels under Grand crucial Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies all for the writing and publishing of his first novels, together with clever 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, proficient, attractive younger males who shaped and molded homosexual tradition because it exists at the present time. AIDS ultimately unfold throughout the Pines like wildfire and approximately ninety eight percentage of the "Gay 2,000" are actually 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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We were sitting at what had become our usual table, on the left, second in from the kitchen. Ed faced the restaurant, I the kitchen. This kept my concentration on him and on whatever we were talking about. Taking a bite, I'd evidently missed whomever had gotten Ed's attention, but not the immediate change it made in him. He closed up like a fist. No, more like a cactus flower that when closed is a bare rectangle, with no hint of the dramatic night bloom it can become. His eyes were cast down, not in his usual half-ironic "aw shucks" modesty I'd long ago decided I'd adored, but now for real, as though he didn't want to see something.
I asked, meaning the ones he'd put in. "They were fine. You had to have left yours out. You were distracted. Your father's sick, isn't he? Hospitalized? Maybe you got a call about him and-" "I don't use the shop's telephone. " He lost his temper. " His phone rang and he took it and from his tone of voice I knew FELICE PICANO 37 he was speaking to someone in the main office. Although I moved away I could hear him say, "He's no help. " The rest of the call was too quiet for me to hear. Once he'd hung up, he turned to me.
I have and now I want out. That's what I told Mr. - - · " A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay 30 "He told me you didn't like working under me," Sprague managed to get his one and only point out. "I don't. " "Mr. _ _ said you didn't like the way I'm treating you," he said. My answers that did not directly concern him meant nothing to him. "I was told I'd be co-manager here. Once I was here, suddenly I was assistant manager. Evidently you and I were told different things. " This made some impression on Sprague, who obviously could see himself in my shoes.