Slashed to Ribbons in Defense of Love and Other Stories (Paperback)

Slashed to Ribbons in Defense of Love and Other Stories By Felice Picano, Eric Andrews-Katz (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Felice Picano, Eric Andrews-Katz (Foreword by)
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Felice Picano's first collection of gay short stories spans the period 1975-1982 as published by the pioneering Gay Presses of New York. Read again forty years later, they are a delicious time-capsule of gay life mostly before AIDS and set in iconic gay meccas such as New York and Fire Island. In "Spinning", we get inside the head of a DJ busy spinning for the customers, tricking in his mind and deftly conjuring up the disco subculture which has since faded away. In "The Interrupted Recital" we eavesdrop into the classical music world where ego clashes lead to disastrous outcomes.
There are marvelous character portraits as in "Teddy", about a handsome Vietnam vet back home for a quick furlough. Or the evocation of Christmas in multiple New York households in "Xmas in the Apple". Longer works such as "Hunter", set in a writer's colony, are pure horror fiction. The longest piece, the novella "And Baby Makes Three", spreads its wings recreating Fire Island of the 1970s and features Picano's trademark surprises and miscues which make the tale memorable long after the last page is turned.
First published to acclaim in 1982, this new edition features a foreword by Eric Andrews-Katz (The Jesus Injection).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781951092481
ISBN-10: 1951092481
Publisher: Requeered Tales
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 246
Language: English