Fred in Love
Publication Year: 2005
But when an acquaintance brought his female cat to be serviced by Fred, an entire new set of experiences opened up for the cat-and for Picano, who'd never had the nerve to befriend her owner, his ideal man. The course of love seldom runs straight for cats or for men, and this time would prove (hilariously) no different.
This is another of Picano's distinguished portraits of a vanished era, when a new gay domain was solidifying only a few years after the Stonewall Riots, and the still nascent gay literary world that Picano would help invent was just a conception. Fred in Love is a charming, nostalgic, funny, gossipy, involving, and ultimately enlightening story about how we learn and grow, and how we love-whether the object of our affection is a cat or another human being. It's sure to take its place next to Picano's now classic literary memoirs Ambidextrous, Men Who Loved Me, and A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay.
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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I ﬁrst became acquainted with Fred as the result of an act of sexual intercourse. A year later, I became more deeply attached to Fred because of a thwarted act of sexual intercourse. And I’m almost certain that I altogether lost Fred, some six years later, because of one or more acts of sexual intercourse. This might not seem like such a peculiar matter to...
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What also set the pattern of our living together was that aside from needing to sleep by me—or at the foot of the bed—Frescobaldi turned out to be nearly trouble-free, an otherwise perfect pet. He was quiet, frisky, affectionate, quite able to amuse himself for long periods of time, yet lots of fun to watch and play with. He ate readily, at ﬁrst from the little baby...
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What I hadn’t grasped at the time of the desk incident was that if I was training my kitten, he was also training me.Learning to live together is a two-way street, and while other animals in the home eventually acquiesce to human bullying, cats can be far...
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When he was a year and a half old, what would be around ten in cat years, and almost fully grown, Frescobaldi renamed himself. This came about in a very circuitous manner. When I ﬁrst got him, I’d not had him neutered, mostly because I couldn’t afford to.Of course,I also had...
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When I ﬁrst returned to New York from my sojourn in Europe, in the nineteen sixties, I began to meet people more easily and to relate to therm on a new and deeper level. Some of those people I met would end up becoming friends for years, for decades, even for life. Among those I still have contact...
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Zeb called sometime during the following afternoon to tell me that Jennie had gone into her in-heat “freeze” position three times more since they’d returned home. He wasn’t exactly sure whether that meant that she and Fred hadn’t mated. He would have to wait and see if it continued, and also check with someone he...
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There would be other cats in my life after Fred had vanished and Mizz Chavis- Wilson, Grace, Mrs. Ventadorn and the others had assembled to locate him and had instead discovered him among the spirits of the afterlife. The ﬁrst new cat showed up a few years after Fred was gone, only six months after I moved into my...
Publication Year: 2005