From Charles Silverstein, the noted psychologist and co-author of The Joy of Gay Sex, comes a new memoir, For the Ferryman, about the author’s activism on gay issues in the medical and psychiatry professions and his personal relationship with a younger man and his partner’s decline into addictions. A 2011 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
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Charles Silverstein need not fear that For the Ferryman ¿ a tender yet poignant personal story ¿ could ever be in the least bit boring. We are handed an intimate look into an exceptional personal account that spans seven decades. We are also introduced to the extraordinary contributions that Silverstein has made to the profession of psychology. I laughed, and I cried as I read about two very special human beings whose love for one another was genuine, if much of the time difficult. And I learned so much more about my dear friend of 40 years ¿ a man with a huge heart, an enormous intellect, and an extraordinary ability to tell a tale.
Charles Silverstein's memoir is a work of extraordinary courage and love. Its stunning honesty will humble and inspire its readers to honor, champion and celebrate the truth of their lives. It is a deeply generous book by a remarkably generous individual, a gift to its readers.
Psychologist/activist/author Charles Silverstein first became a part of gay history in 1973, when he authored and presented the argument that convinced the American Psychiatric Association to no longer categorize homosexuality as a "mental illness." A few years later, he co-authored the landmark book "The Joy of Gay Sex," and has been involved in both sequels to it. He is well-regarded today as a scholar, teacher and expert on human sexuality. In this limited memoir, Silverstein chooses to focus only on two aspects of his life, his initial efforts toward gay activism, and his long-term relationship with William Borey. Both he and Borey came from dysfunctional families, but their relationship somehow managed to progress, despite the considerable emotional "baggage" each brought into it. Silversein had a self-image problem born of his father's verbal abuse. The much-younger Borey was attractive and intelligent, but very much a loner with agoraphobic and antisocial tendencies, and had never held a job. These two very different people somehow managed to fulfill a need in each other, although their degree of togetherness and harmony varied greatly over their more than two decades together, before Borey succumbed to AIDS. When I read the liner notes, my first reaction was that I was burned out on "AIDS memoirs" and wasn't looking forward to the read. However, this book is very different, on many levels, and is an extraordinary look into the hearts, minds and emotions of two very dissimilar, troubled individuals, who grabbed on to each other to make the best out of life. It is sad on many levels, but somehow uplifting in its overall message of enjoying every moment of life, despite any adversity. Well-written, and a definite five stars out of five. - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine