Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City

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These twenty-eight original essays by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered writers include personal stories that span forty years of LGBT life in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, and together create a queer love letter to New York City. Chapters in this volume range from personal anecdote to memoir, reportage, history, herstory, and daydream, as well as tributes to people, places, and events.The essays: “Silence = Death: The Education of a Comedian” by Bob Smith, “An Old Queen’s ...

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Overview

These twenty-eight original essays by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered writers include personal stories that span forty years of LGBT life in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, and together create a queer love letter to New York City. Chapters in this volume range from personal anecdote to memoir, reportage, history, herstory, and daydream, as well as tributes to people, places, and events.The essays: “Silence = Death: The Education of a Comedian” by Bob Smith, “An Old Queen’s Tale” by Penny Arcade, “The Isle Of Staten” by Michele Karlsberg, “Finding Jesús on Christopher Street” by Brendan Fay, “Dis-membering Stonewall” by Rev. Irene Monroe, “Before I Begin” by David McConnell, “A Bite of the Big Apple” by Val McDermid, “Irrespective of the Storm” by Mark Ameen, “My Last Big Addiction” by Martin Hyatt, “My Family Tree” by Amos Mac, “The Opera Singer’s Pants, and How I Got In Them” by Justine Saracen, “The Sum of Our Parts” by Jewelle Gomez, “The Myths of this Place” by Shaun Levin, “The Voices” by Charlie Vázquez, “As I Stood Frying…” by Fay Jacobs, “Borders, Rivers and Time: Gay Gotham Revisited” by Shawn Syms, “White Angel/Pale Blue Eyes” by Nicky Paraiso, “My Gay New York: A Symphony in Four Acts” by Aaron Hamburger, “The Place I Parked My Car” by G. Winston James, “Bad Boy” by Felice Picano, “Two Near Water—And One Very Quiet” by Thomas Glave, “Goodnight, New York: A Sermon on the Move” by Rabbi Andrea Myers, “Dearly Beloved” by Ocean Vuong, “A 1986 Bronx Story” by Charles Rice-González, “Perry Street Redux” by Christopher Bram, “An Interview with Michael Musto” by Kathleen Warnock, and “Next Year at Sonny’s” by Eddie Sarfaty.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936467341
  • Publisher: Vantage Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction Christopher Bram ix

Preface Thomas Keith xiii

Silence =Death: The Education of a Comedian Bob Smith 19

An Old Queen's Tale Penny Arcade 43

The Isle of Staten Michele Karlsberg 63

Finding Jesús on Christopher Street Brendan Fay 77

Dis-membering Stonewall Rev. Irene Monroe 93

Before I Begin David McConnell 103

A Bite of the Big Apple Val McDermid 113

Irrespective of the Storm Mark Ameen 127

My Last Big Addiction Martin Hyatt 149

My Family Tree Amos Mac 161

The Opera Singer's Pants, and How I Got In Them Justine Saracen 171

The Sum of Our Parts Jewelle Gomez 183

The Myths of this Place Shaun Levin 191

The Voices Charlie Vázquez 201

As I Stood Frying… Fay Jacobs 211

Borders, Rivers and Time: Gay Gotham Revisited Shawn Syms 221

White Angel/Pale Blue Eyes Nicky Paraiso 233

My Gay New York: A Symphony in Four Acts Aaron Hamburger 245

The Place I Parked My Car G. Winston James 259

Bad Boy Felice Picano 275

Two Near Water-And One Very Quiet Thomas Glave 291

Goodnight, New York: A Sermon on the Move Rabbi Andrea Myers 303

In the House of Strangers Ocean Vuong 313

A 1986 Bronx Story Charles Rice- González 331

Perry Street Redux Christopher Bram 349

An Interview with Michael Musto Kathleen Warnock 361

Next Year at Sonny's Eddie Sarfaty 367

Contributors 393

Acknowledgments 405

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