Photos from the San Francisco Trip

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Apr 272016

We went again to San Francisco two weekends ago for the Gay Men’s Chorus Concert, Tales of Our City, which included Armisted Maupin speaking about his adventures in San Francisco in 70s, 80s, and 90s, and his remembrances of people like Harvey Milk and other gay leaders of the time.

Lay has always wanted to move there since our first visit, but now he doesn’t. I was warm and not so crowed (other visits have been for Pride), so he saw kind of the real grind of day-to-day life there with the urine smell, poop in the doorways in the mornings, and the drugs on the street.

Still, it was a good trip, we saw some areas we had not seen before, and the concert was even more fabulous than usual. If you ever have a chance to hear this group, by all means, please do. You won’t regret it. Continue reading »

Jan 052014

Days Of Anna MadrigalWithout any doubt, my favorite series of books is the “Tales of The City” series written by Armistead Maupin. Now in case you don’t know, Maupin grew up in Raleigh, NC, but was living in San Francisco when he started a serial for a local paper there.

Tales of the City is a series of novels, the first portions of which were published initially as a newspaper serial starting on August 8, 1974, in a Marin County newspaper, The Pacific Sun, picked up in 1976 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and later reworked into the series of books published by HarperCollins. The first of Maupin’s novels, entitled Tales of the City, was published in 1978. Five more followed in the 1980s, ending with the last book, Sure of You, in 1989. In Babycakes, published in 1983, Maupin was one of the first writers to address the subject of AIDS. A seventh novel published in 2007, Michael Tolliver Lives, continues the story of some of the characters. It was followed by an eighth volume, Mary Ann in Autumn, published in 2010.

I started read the first three starting some time in late 80s, and then eagerly awaited the following three in the series. Each time a new book came out, I’d read all the earlier books. I enjoy reading, but I think these are the only books I have ever re-read.

And now, what Maupin calls the final book, “The Days of Anna Madrigal,” is to be released later this month. There was an article published yesterday on The Guardian about Maupin and the series. It’s worth a read: Continue reading »