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.
I want to tumble into bed with someone or wrestle and cuddle on the hot sand. I want to be kissed on the ear. I want to touch someone’s lips with my index finger. I want to get high and stay hard.
I spotted Brendan Gill, looking very aristocratic, as well as William Phillips of Partisan Review, and I spoke with Walter Abish and with Michael Andre, who’s a favorite of Warhol’s. Gene McCarthy came with Siv Cedering Fox.
She asked me why I was so unhappy and answered her own question by saying that it was because I was afraid to risk a relationship.
When I go out in the streets of my neighborhood, it appears that among guys my age, there’s always a Sylvester Stallone lookalike contest in progress. Farrah Fawcett-Majors and the Fonz stare out at me from their posters in store windows.
For once in my life I had the presence of mind to say the right thing: “Well, if you feel that way, you can get someone who’s not stupid to do the work.” And I slammed down the receiver with such force that the phone nearly sank right through the night table.