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True Stories [Paperback]

Felice Picano

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1 Mar 2011
From author Felice Picano, co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs, many of which have never appeared in print. Picano presents sweet and sometimes controversial anecdotes of his precocious childhood, odd, funny, and often disturbing encounters from before he found his calling as a writer and later as one of the first GLBT publishers. Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous-including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! 1 Nov 2012
By Carlos T. Mock - Published on
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.....
5.0 out of 5 stars How predictably great! 9 Jun 2014
By Richard Natale - Published on
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When you pick up any Felice Picano title, fiction or non-fiction, get ready for excellent writing, acute observation and trenchant wit. True Stories is no exception. Parts of the reminiscences are steeped in the ache of loss, vivid men whose lives were tragically curtailed. The stories centering on his family read are fascinating and imbued with the aura of great fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging 7 Jun 2014
By lafabnyc - Published on
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I love reading Picano's books - time flies by. Very engaging, entertaining, well written. I wish more of his books were available on Kindle.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful companion 11 Oct 2011
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I think I am on reading #3 of True Stories, it's just such an amiable and touching companion. The stories are knowing, witty, nostalgic, sometimes devastating, often unexpected. Some of subjects are famous; many are not. Many of the stories come from Greenwich Village in the age of AIDS, but many are from Picano's Long Island boyhood or from more recent times. Some are about being gay, some not, at least not obviously. Picano's dad is here, so are W. H. Auden and Tennessee Williams, and, in one of the most touching portraits, an eccentric friend named James who came along later in the author's life and brought him out of the shell into which he had retreated after his lover's death. That bike on the cover is the perfect image for the book: there is something to be discovered, we're off somewhere, and there's something just around the next corner. This goes on my shelf of perpetually re-read classics, along with E. B. White's letters, Joseph Mitchell's essays, and books by Least Heat-Moon.
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific collection 5 April 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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