In the two essays that comprise this eloquent, provocative book, Delany grieves for the loss of this strip of sexual release. Though he is careful not to romanticize or sentimentalize the peep shows and porn theaters, he does illuminate the way in which these venues crossed class, racial, and sexual orientation lines, providing a delightfully subversive utopia--and a microcosm of New York life. In the first essay, "Times Square Blue," Delany details his shared erotic and conversational encounters with working-class and homeless men in the theaters (which primarily showed straight porn films) and the genuine friendships that resulted; these immensely personal reminiscences also provide a social history of late-20th-century Times Square. Drawing on historical and theoretical resources in the second essay, "Three, Two, One, Contact: Times Square Red," Delany next builds a thoughtful and passionate argument against the gentrification of the area and the classist, characterless direction in which he sees New York heading. Read together, the essays of Times Square Red, Times Square Blue are both heartfelt homage to a beloved city and lament for a quirky vitality increasingly phased out by encroaching capitalism. --Kera Bolonik --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author looks back nostalgically at what many would call the seedy demi-monde of Times Square as it existed in the 1960's, 1970's and a bit later. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Petronius
I was taking a class at the university I was attending. I did not like this book at all, it is not my choice of book.Published 19 months ago by A. Bringas
Delany manages to weave together the genres of personal memoir and political essay in both "Times Square Red" and "Times Square Blue," two pieces of writing that together offer a... Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Peter Chiykowski
I was very disapointed with this book. The first part of the book is an easy read and deals solely with the authors sexual experiences in the adult movie theatre's of Times Square,... Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Robert J. Petzold
The book was delivered in the promised time period and condition. It's a great book, that I have read before. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Ark de Triumph
A confused "Amazon Customer" is repeatedly inserting blurbs from other periodicals into the "customer review" section of this page, AND failing to give... Read morePublished on January 31, 2004