LOSING TIME: AIDS LESSONS IN LOVE AND LOSS

LOSING TIME: AIDS LESSONS IN LOVE AND LOSS

by LUCIEN L. AGOSTA

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Overview

LOSING TIME, a memoir, offers a frank account of gay life as I lived it in Sacramento, CA during the AIDS crisis--the Losing Time of the title. It focuses on the later life and too early death from AIDS of one man among the many remembered here--Dore Tanner (1949-98)--who taught me in that dark era that love was more than the heterosexual illusion I had always believed it to be. LOSING TIME offers an honest, sometimes humorous, depiction of two gay men who blundered into a love neither of us was looking for, and subsequently, the fat grief felt on so soon losing a lover so lately found and the determination it took to find my way again when my compass pointed only south. This memoir's interweaving of the account of a particular loss with the stories of so many others who lost time entirely in the AIDS era presents the texture of life as many gay men lived it during the Losing Time, which began nearly 40 years ago. The book's focus on personal experience particularizes an AIDS history fast becoming generalized, its human details being lost to memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644389119
Publisher: Booklocker.com Inc
Publication date: 07/25/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 618,247
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Lucien L. Agosta, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English Literature at California State University, Sacramento, has published numerous articles in his field, as well as two books: HOWARD PYLE (G. K. Hall, 1987) and E. B. WHITE: THE CHILDREN'S BOOKS (Simon & Schuster, 1995). He is married to Bud Sydenstricker and now resides in Palm Springs, CA.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART I: GIVING UP

PART II: SETTLING FOR EVERYTHING

THE WRECK ROOM

A SEA CHANGE

MARKS

OUT OF THE BLUE

BRACKETS

PARLEYING

DEATH VALLEY

GARDENS

RHODODENDRONS

AXILLA

MAY DAY

CENTERING

PART III: THE CARDS IN THE BOX

CLINIC

LAKE TAHOE

LATE ROSES

GIVING THANKS

HALLOWEEN

CALAVERA

REGRET

HOSPITAL

CONNECTIONS

THE PLUM GROVE

CANCELLATION

SCORING

LIGHT BREAKFAST

WHEELCHAIR

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

TIDES

BALANCE

THE ANATOMY OF GRIEF

POSTMORTEM

PART IV: REGAINING EQUILIBRIUM

AFTERMATH

SEANCES

TRACES

HOW DO I LOVE THEE?

LESSON THE BEAST

AUBADE

AFTERWORD

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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