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Homage to the early 70s in San Franicsco

When I arrived in San Francisco in the early 70s and I had been involved in the Civil Rights struggles in the South; my generation was ending a senseless war in Viet Nam and gay men in San Francisco were changing the way America thought about sex, their optimism was heady. I wasn’t released from […]

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My Interview with Thom Gunn

THOM GUNN, FORMALIST RENEGADE 1929-2004 My first date with Thom Gunn did not go well. It happened in Chicago in the late-1970’s. After a couple hours of unsuccessful cruising in a few bars, I found Thom in a bookstore in Moly and My Sad Captains. I recognized his name and being newly out as a […]

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Letter to my son on the election

November 10, 2016 Son, I want to leave you a better world than the one I found but with the recent election it does not look like I can’t. As your father in addition to caring for you I’ve enjoyed sex and worked on behalf of the gay and lesbian community. I’m very proud of […]

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Alive at 61

November, 2005 During a mid-life crisis years ago my therapist recommended a book of myths about men who matured from the conquering hero of youth to a wise trickster in old age. I liked the idea of getting wiser, so I read it. Or read as much as I could. With each fable deconstructed, each […]

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