Eighty-Sixed

Eighty-Sixed

by David B. Feinberg

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Overview

In 1980, B. J. Rosenthal's only mission is to find himself a boyfriend and avoid setbacks like bad haircuts, bad sex, and Jewish guilt. In post-AIDS 1986, B.J.'s world has changed dramatically — his friends and lovers are getting sick, everyone is at risk, and B.J. is panicking. Parrying high-wire wit against unbearable human tragedy, Eighty-Sixed now stands as a testament to an era. "If Woody Allen were gay and wrote novels, he'd produce something like David Feinberg's Eighty-Sixed." — David Streitfeld, The Washington Post Book World "[Feinberg] has given us a painful story of one man coming of age in a terrifying age." — The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) "Entertaining, harrowing, and powerfully unsensational." — Booklist "[Eighty-Sixed] stands out for its frankness, ferocious wit, and total lack of sentimentality or self pity." — Catherine Texier, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802139023
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Part I1980: Ancient History
Prologue3
1.January4
Why I Always Wanted to Be a Clone16
2.February18
Miss Letitia Thing's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior Concerning Tricks, One-Night (or Afternoon) Stands, and the Like, with a Special Appendix on Relationships29
3.March32
Boyfriends: Pros and Cons44
4.April46
How to Get Eighty-Sixed from the Restaurant or Cocktail Lounge of Your Choice55
5.May56
Cocktails from Hell64
6.June65
How to Get Rid of the Trick Who Won't Leave73
7.July74
Helpful Hints for Alfresco Sex86
8.August88
Some Queens96
9.September98
A History of Insanity on Both Sides of the Family, or Why I Have Always Been Attracted to the Mentally Ill110
10.October112
How to Tell When Your Relationship Is on the Rocks124
11.November125
What to Do on Your Annual Holiday Visit When Your Family Disapproves of Your Sexual Preference or Orientation...143
12.December145
Part II1986: Learning How to Cry
Prologue151
13.January153
Some Symptoms162
14.February164
After I Was Mugged183
15.March184
Some of the People I Distrust190
16.April192
6:12 P.M.209
17.May211
Safe Sex in the Age of Anxiety223
18.June225
How to Stay Celibate in the Age of Anxiety238
19.July240
Egg Paranoia251
20.August254
Everything265
21.September266
Sensitivity Exercises for Death275
22.October276
When I Cried294
23.November296
The Last Time I Saw Him320
24.December321
Epilogue325

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Eighty-Sixed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book has never affected me more than this one. I laughed and cried all the way through it. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about a first hand account of the AIDS epidemic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a better book. Being only 18, I didnt know what it was like living when aids first came about; when no one knew what it was or what to do. This book gave me a taste of the grief that the gay nation went through. This book will have you dying with laughter because of David Feinbergs wit and sarcastic remarks. It will also have you crying because of the pain that the characters go through. David feinberg brings you close to the characters so that you can feel their pain, and then lays it on you. A book hasn't made me cry for a long time, this one made me ball. I wish everyone would read this book, maybe then people would care more about the people dying from aids, and we would have a cure. Read David's sequel to Eighty Sixed, Spontaneous Combustion, it is just as good and finishes up the story of the main character BJ. Any homosexual christians that need to talk to someone, can talk to me, I would be glad to be a friend, I know what you are going through.