In 1969, when I was subject to the draft and marching against the war, guys like Charles and Kevin were only 11 or 12, and there’s a big difference between us. I don’t think they perceive me as an older person, though they kid me about it.
The Bread Loaf librarian told me there’s a “new spirit” at the Conference: people like Toni Morrison have changed it from a wild circus of sex and drinking to a quiet place where people discuss and share mutual interests.
Everything in this city is breaking down. After the blackout, the lootings, the heat wave, Son of Sam’s murders and the bombings, the Daily News editorial said, “We Don’t Deserve This.” Everyone’s nerves are raw.
The five of us had dinner in Chuan Yuan, a Szechuan place upstairs on the corner of Montague and Henry. While Libby was in the ladies’ room, Thomas confided that he planned to surprise her on Saturday night with tickets to the Judy Collins concert in Central Park.
I guided my way to the front door after hearing Evie next door telling her family they’d overloaded their circuits. Outside, everything was black. “It’s the whole block!” I shouted as people came out into the street.
She brought me the book of Rilke’s poems I asked for. And she still can remind me of the girl was once in love with and too shy to tell it to.
Great-Grandma Bessie hugged me tightly when I arrived, and then gave me milk and cookies, which made me feel like a child; even at 26, that’s a nice feeling to have for a little while.
Jerry and Leon asked Mayor Soglin to repeal Madison’s gay-rights law and call for a referendum to reinstate it because they’re itching for a confrontation with Anita Bryant.
I was really upset by the stunning two-to-one victory in Dade County for the forces opposing the gay civil rights bill. I actually cried a little in bed at 6 AM when I heard the news from the TV in the next room, which Marc invariably forgets to shut off at night.
A 27-year-old guy from Queens, George Willig, climbed the towers of the World Trade Center. He’s a mountain climber who did it by using a device of his own making, saying he had been obsessed with the idea for a year. And in four hours, he succeeded, thrilling the entire city.