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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. That period of his life is pretty well exhausted, I would think (except for explaining why he abruptly left his family, and at least a story about his relationship with siblings over his life, especially since one died of AIDS and another is said to be HIV positive). Sounds like some interesting material there for some memoir.
Anyway, if you are new to Picano, read this book, and for you it is worth 5 STARS. If you have followed his career for awhile, it's a 3 star repackaging to make a little money.
Note to Felice: Please consider writing on the above subjects !
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.....