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True Stories: Portraits from My Past Kindle Edition

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Length: 226 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (March 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QOA05Q
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlos T. Mock on November 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
True Stories by Felice Picano

This is an amazing collection of true stories of the many people that interacted with the writer. Some are famous--W. H. Auden, Charles-Henri Ford, Bette Midler, Diana Vreeland, and Tennessee Williams--others are not. But all these stories paint a picture of what was like to live in the sixties, seventies, and eighties; they talk about the AIDS pandemic and its toll on the GLBT community, and gives a glimpse of the celebrities that we all love.

To quote Felice:"I suppose this might be called an autobiography in negative: showing me, by showing those i related to, over the years."

I'm honored to be one of Felice's friends and hope some day he'll also write about me.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sometime Critic on April 5, 2011
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These true stories are erudite, funny, surprising, and deeply touching. The first great post-Stonewall flowering of gay culture and sensibility is here, but so is the shadow -- and then the head-on reality -- of AIDS. There are also arresting childhood stories of two islands, Long and Rhode, and there are reminiscences of Auden and Tennessee Williams and Ferro-Grumley and many less well-known personages the author was lucky enough to know. It all makes you want to be there, in spite of the tragedy that destroyed so much of it. Eros overcomes thanatos. That sums up the purpose and the mark of great writing!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petronius on July 19, 2012
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I enjoyed "True Stories" quite alot. They were well-written memoirs. Having already read quite alot of Picano over the years, I was disappointed that so much of the book contains re-cycled pieces that he has previously published, although polished up a bit. For my time and money, I would have preferred all new unpublished work. I do not need to read a writer's reconsideration of his older pieces. I also was a little troubled that he accused his publishing business partner (who died years before this story was published) of possible embezzlement. The partner had been a victim of a serious traumatic brain injury before there was any discussion between Picano and the partner of what Picano suspects happened. Since the guy never had a chance in life to explain, I did not like Picano making such an accusation against a corpse, especially since it was not a huge amount in question.

Picano is a writer of considerable talent with a great writing voice. I wish he would use his talent to ruminate for us about what gay life is now, where he is now in life , and where he is at with gay issues and gay men now that he has been out and a public figure for several decades, and maybe speculate where "gay culture" is heading. Also, now that he has lived in California for several years, he must have some thing to write about his life and people there, instead of always going back to his early years as a gay writer in New York City. He also needs to indicate where he is at with relationships and gay marriage.

He is wasting his talent by not writing of these various matters, and simply dwelling on his young frisky days on the opposite coast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on July 25, 2014
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Repeat of many of the short stories he has written in the past. Seems obsessed with a small group of "gay" writers whom he thinks are relevant to the exclusion of many gay writers who are popular and entertaining.
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