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                independent film examining the creative process of an author des-
                perate to catch a break when all the politically-correct odds seem
                against him. A good plot point would dramatize how all the eager
                magazine, newspaper, and book publishers wrote checks and
                bought travel tickets for “Timothy Nasdijj Barrus” who was what they
                wanted until they didn’t.

                Is there satire for parochial New Yorkers whose western horizon was
             the Hudson River? To us in California, those island queens lived on the
             cover of the March 29, 1976, New Yorker, skewered by Saul Steinberg’s
             classic insight, “A View of the World from 9  Avenue.” Is there any irony
             in Larry Kramer shouting out at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival: “Our
             history has been taken away from us by straight historians who have no
             concept of who we are or will not let us be who we are.” Kramer is the
             dependably embarrassing Manhattanite who dramatizes himself as one
             of the keepers of the keys of gay literature. Stranded like swish Family
             Robinson on their island, they ignore the fact that they have little respect
             for or concept of other gay American voices. Their alpha and omega is
             New  York.
                I cannot help but think of the shameless behavior of the incestuous
             East Coast gay “literary” crowd, including keynote speaker White and a
             screaming Kramer, whose snarling hubris destroyed, and closed down, the
             15  Annual Key West Literary Seminar in January 1997. But that’s another
             story told in Chapter 17.
                In 2006, when the islander Picano moved to the peninsula of San
             Francisco, he announced with humorous self-satire on September 29:

                When I arranged to do a reading at Books, Inc. this coming
                Thursday, October 5  on Market and 16  Street several months
                ago I had no idea I’d be living in San Francisco. But I am. So this
                is sort of a welcome party for me....I’ve been promised a possible
                “roast” [at this reading], although how this is possible with a sweet,
                kind, gentle, soft spoken soul as I am, I can’t imagine.

                Picano stayed in San Francisco only a short time before moving to LA.
             His move was the reverse of Embry who brought his LA attitude to San
             Francisco where he was never thought of as a San Franciscan, but always
             as “John Embry from LA.” Northern Californians have always stood back

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