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Felice Picano
Felice Picano is the author of 35 books of poetry, fiction, memoirs and nonfiction. His work is translated into 15 languages; several titles were national and international bestsellers, including The Lure, Like People in History and The Book of Lies. Four of Picano’s plays have been produced. He’s considered a founder of modern gay literature, along with other members of the Violet Quill. His most recent works include True Stories: Portraits from My Past (2011), Contemporary Gay Romances (2011), and Twelve O’Clock Tales (2012). Find his stories, essays and reviews at

Entries by Felice Picano

Going Too Far -- For Everyone's Sake

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:12 AM

The envelope was from Her Majesty's Inland Revenue and Customs Service, located at a dock outside London, England, addressed to the publisher of Gay Presses of New York. I was one of the three owners of GPNy so I opened the envelope and read the letter. In the politest possible...

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A 20th-Century Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:27 AM

If that early biographer and arch-gossip, Plutarch, were alive in 2014 and writing an updated version of his Lives, he'd do far worse than include in his gallery of contemporaries the singer, dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and entrepreneur, Wakefield Poole. At least, according to Jim Tuskhinksy's sweeping new documentary movie, I...

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You're Famous -- Now Make A Run for It!

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Walking out of the West Hollywood Library a few blocks away from home, when I suddenly noticed a half dozen men hunched over and running between parked cars, most of them wore hooded sweatshirts over their heads and all of them had cameras thrust out, with foot-long telephoto lens attachments....

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A Problem With Jury Duty

(6) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 2:31 PM

I was recently called to jury duty at a federal court in Los Angeles. Because it is a federal court for the Southern California District, I would have had to go to downtown Los Angeles to serve -- a distance of over ten miles. As I was without a car...

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Children of the Hive

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 9:06 AM

When my car was in the shop on and off last year, I found myself riding Los Angeles buses and subways, which cover a considerable territory and are clean, air-conditioned and not at loud as I remembered the older New York versions to be.

Quiet enough, in fact, that I...

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