By Felice Picano
A home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay spans the heyday of Picano's existence within the Pines and big apple in the course of the Sixties and Seventies. He chronicles his amorous affairs and the tortuous intricacies of an established love triangle, his hilarious misadventures as a bookshop worker (arranging a e-book social gathering hosted via Jackie Onassis, lunchtime rendezvous in mystery tunnels lower than Grand primary Station, getting framed for embezzlement!), and the thrills and agonies desirous about 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 this day. AIDS finally unfold during the Pines like wildfire and approximately ninety eight percentage of the "Gay 2,000" are actually lifeless, yet Felice Picano has lived via all of it, and he offers voice to these instances with humor, candor, and wistfulness.
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A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay (a memoir) by Felice Picano