BIRTH AND EDUCATION
I was born in San Lorenzo, CA, (fictionalized in my novel as San Oriel) in 1927 of Portuguese-American parents. All of my grandparents and one great-grandmother were born in the Bay Area, their ancestors in the Azores. My father taught history at St. Mary’s College for twelve years, then moved for the remainder of his professional life, to San Francisco City College. I attended San Lorenzo Grammar School (there were seven of us in my mid-year graduation class, so San Lorenzo was not exactly a teeming metropolis at the time). I then attended St. Joseph’s in Alameda, leaving in 1944 without a diploma, since I was accepted by St. Mary’s College on a scholarship without one. I attended St. Mary’s for the 1944/45 academic year and in May of 1945, enlisted in the medical corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve. In January of 1947 I finished my lower division work in one semester at SFCC, moved on to USF, from which I graduated in 1949. After graduation I spent six months traveling in Europe and upon returning did a year of graduate work at U. C. Berkeley.
My first publication was a short story in Cosmopolitan Magazine, 1964, a study for one of the main characters in THE GUNNYSACK CASTLE. The University of Colorado’s WRITERS FORUM has published seven of my stories over the years, one of which, “The Minimalist” has been anthologized in HIGHER ELEVATIONS: Stories from the West, by Swallow Press, 1993. Stories have also been published in KANSAS QUARTERLY and the San Francisco Chronicle (March 3, 1985).
THE GUNNYSACK CASTLE was published by Ohio University Press in 1983 (after the original publisher in Colorado went bankrupt). DISTANT MUSIC: TWO NOVELS (The Gunnysack Castle and The Death of Mae Ramos) was published by the Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, (2007) and MOVE OVER, SCOPES AND OTHER WRITINGS, was also published by Tagus Press, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2011)
on Sep. 15, 2012 :
Everyone and everything is beautiful in this “coming together” slice of Venetian life and I need to very cir”cum”spect here; this is, Smashwords after all: a publishing site for any age. Full of gay abandon and mutual pleasuring. Unqualified hot stuff…but with descriptions of “rampant” and “pink tips” I think I may need to get my literary coupling pleasures from a strictly adult site in the future where convivial comings together are uncensored!
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
on June 01, 2012 :
Pier Luigi is a beautifully written and absorbing story well worth reading. The plot is simple. Rather than a love story, it is a brief tale of two handsome young men in 1950's Venice--one an American tourist and the other an upper middle class Italian from Vincenza--who come together for a wildly passionate encounter over the course of an evening and the following day and are forced by the power of Italian traditions and the culture of the time to walk away from the relationship.
The story is appealing to contemporary readers (especially but certainly not limited to gay men) on many levels. First, the writing is elegant and at the same time passionate inits depiction of two young men accepting their mutual attraction and reveling in their joint pleasure. That the author does this so well without being in any way pornographic is remarkable.
At the same time and almost as interesting, the author, almost off-handedly, depicts what young gay men of the time might expect from life. The Italian, coming from a provincial city and a product of upper middle class expectations, must enter into a traditional and economically suitable marriage as his inevitable family duty. The American, finally accepting his sexuality, throws his normal caution and reticence to the winds and reaches probably for the first time the sexual fulfillment he needs but has not before achieved. The only other character in the story is an early middle aged connection of the Italian, also gay. As an onlooker to the story but, of course, not to the passionate all to brief romantic interlude, he is envious of both young men but also not so secretly delighted in its inevitable brevity.
On many levels, especially as a portrait of the time and as an exercise in the pure delight of a well written passionate story, Pier Luigi will give great pleasure to the reader, gay or straight.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)