- Paperback: 422 pages
- Publisher: Vantage Point (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936467348
- ISBN-13: 978-1936467341
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,982,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"By turns funny, outrageous, poignant, uplifting, incendiary--you name it, it's here. The scope is sweeping, but editor Thomas Keith has done a brilliant job... No matter what your relationship is with New York City, you're bound to find something here to make you smile, laugh or be homesick."
--Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print
About the Author
Thomas Keith has edited over a dozen titles by Tennessee Williams including, Mister Paradise and Other One-Act Plays, The Traveling Companion & Other Plays, The Magic Tower & Other One-Act Plays as well as Williams’s last full-length play, A House Not Meant to Stand, for which he also wrote the introduction. Keith is the co-author of The Histories of Gladys and The Collector’s Guide to Mauchline Ware, the editor of Robert Burns Selected Poems and Songs and the anthology Christmas Poems, the co-editor of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin, and has written articles and chapters for American Theatre Magazine, The Drouth, Studies in Scottish Literature, Fickle Man: Burns in the 21st Century, Tenn at One Hundred, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia, and Robert Burns in North America, among others.
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I was searching for The Christopher Street reader by Michael Denneny, Charles Ortleb, Thomas Steel, a collection of articles, interviews, essays, reviews, and poetry from the gay magazine "Christopher Street" featuring works by such noted authors as Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, Kate Millett, May Sarton, and Pier Paolo Passolini. Love, Christophet Street is the follow-up by what I assume the younger generation.
After reading the masters I thought I would not enjoy the stories. The stories are different in style, but that should be expected.
While there isn't a weak story among the twenty six stories collected here, to sample the differences would be to highlight the story by Vietnamese immigrant Ocean Vuong who details his choice to move to New York to become a writer and finds himself living among the homeless in Penn Station and the influence that had on his subsequent poetry and work. Or there is an hilarious story by Justine Saracen about how as an opera lover she discovers the trouser roles sung by mezzo-sopranos and her obsession to meet the mezzo who plays Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier - one of the famous trio of women who fall in love with each other. Felice Picano shares the old days of free physical gratification available in various parts of the city, Charlie Vázquez shares the his brave movement from the homophobic Puerto Rican and Cuban community into the gay life of Christopher Street, Christopher Bram details the change in the housing district where he and his partner Draper live- moving form crack house to haughty wealthy needless swmming pool installations, to cheap rent, Michele Karlsberg shares a history of the changes in Staten Island, and on it goes.
This book is over 400 pages of tremendously entertaining stories written by some of our more gifted writers, known and emerging, and promises to provide all readers with a glimpse into what makes New York City special. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, June 12
Joy, sadness, nostalgia, anger, disenchantment, desire: a whole world of experience flows through these pages. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone, gay or straight, who loves or hates or is simply intrigued by New York City.
A historically and culturally significant resource... Not to mention a hell of a good read about Greenwich Village in the 1970s!