The Pleasures of Time: Two Men, A Life

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American-born author Stephen Harold Riggins and French-born author and circus authority Paul Bouissac have been partners for over thirty years. The Pleasures of Time: Two Men, A Life is the story of their complex and fascinating relationship -- set in Paris, Toronto, Newfoundland and Indiana, with a cast of characters including celebrated musician John Cage and critics Allan Bloom, Michel Foucault and Claude Levi-Strauss -- but it is also much more.

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Overview

American-born author Stephen Harold Riggins and French-born author and circus authority Paul Bouissac have been partners for over thirty years. The Pleasures of Time: Two Men, A Life is the story of their complex and fascinating relationship -- set in Paris, Toronto, Newfoundland and Indiana, with a cast of characters including celebrated musician John Cage and critics Allan Bloom, Michel Foucault and Claude Levi-Strauss -- but it is also much more.

Spanning over most of the past century, The Pleasures of Time is an important work that not only traces the growth of a committed gay relationship, but also charts the intellectual and artistic ferment of the 1970s and 80s. Riggins, who bases the book on diaries he has kept since the early 70s, recreates in expert sepia tones his life with Bouissac -- whether it is in the cafes of Paris, his home state of Indiana or the rural country circuses of 1960s southern Ontario.

Challenging the dictum that you can never go home, The Pleasures of Time is a must-read for those interested in gay history as well as intellectual and cultural trends of the recent past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894663465
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 4/25/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Harold Riggins teaches in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has published books in the area of ethnic minority media and racism. He divides his time between St. John's and Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
The Circus Is His Kingdom 13
The Old Opossum's Bad Apples 61
The Pleasures of Time 107
Interlude: Indiana Fugue 177
The Search for the Unexpected 203
Stolen Time 231
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