Fritscher, Jack. "Some Dance to Remember: A Memoir of San Francisco, 1970-1982", Harrington Park Press, 2005.
It Seems So Long Ago
If we have to pick a period that was golden for the GLBT community I suppose it was the seventies and early eighties. This is what Jack Fritscher writes about in "Some Dance to Remember". This is a novel that is a piece of our history as it recaptures gay life as it was during that magic period after Stonewall. The Castro and Folsom Street came into their own and it was the period that AIDS threatened to devastate us. Our hero, Ryan O'Hara led a life of wild sex, love, abandon and fear. As a writer he came to San Francisco to find a way to express the voice of our lives as well as his own. He met Kirk Sorenson, a blonde bodybuilder who seems to be "all that". As the story of these two men takes place we are taken to the bars, the bathhouses, the porn, the sex and the entire scene. They are two very human people whose lives reflect our golden age. This was both the time of the blossoming and the apex of gay culture and Fritscher tells it all to us. He has recreated a world that is gone forever. There is a large cast of characters with real life men and women dropping in but the main character is not a person but San Francisco. The book is brutally honest and this is a large novel but then it has to be to include all that was happening. Here is a story of human relationships and how we treat those that we love. It is a beautifully written love song to a city and a period of time that is gone forever. We learn what being gay all is about and we see how it is dealt with. It is a brilliant and wonderful look at life and everyone who really cares about being gay owes it to himself to read it.
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities. I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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