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A Day of Musing

Happy February! It was not too bad that during the hung-over month I’ve still managed to finished three books and am now about a third way through The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal. It’s a Brokeback Mountain type of novel that was set in the 1940s, following the life and entangled affair between two high school friends, Jim Willard and Bob Ford who, despite of the a night of intimacy they shared, deemed it’s not natural for men to be with other men.

I sent my laptop in for service so I’m deprived for wireless; instead I seek temporary refuge under the roof of Saffron Rare Threads on 17th and Dolores, near the Castro. As I’m sitting at the back of the studio, which is also a retail space in the front, I become an outsider witnessing the girls’ work of their trade. While they are busy cutting out patterns for their fall collection, rummaging through fabric materials, deliberating on colors of the trim, deciding whether to pintuck something or not, customers stream in and scuttle in and out of fitting room.

The city traffic seems so distant, like no more than a bourdon note of a distant organ, as I sip the warm au lait, the perfect antidote to a sunless, cold, melancholy day. My mind ponders over Vidal’s daring prose rendering vivid picture of how two men engage in intricate act of becoming one. The writing so elegantly refrained but erotically explicit. Interpersed with what’s written on the page is my thought, which has gone traveling, to Ken: Why do I miss him so much? The thought of him and his voice sober me, injectingto me a fuzzy feeling and a snuggly warmth. Then suddenly I was seized with a sense of urgency, a realization, of getting that Valentine’s Day present ready.

I really have to get on it–since it has to be made by hand.

3 Responses

  1. I’m curious, what are you going to make Ken for Valentine’s?

  2. I enjoyed the City and the Pillar and found it to be a great look into the Hollywood gaay scene of the 1940s. A classic novel.

  3. Well Matt…get crackin’ on whatever the project is. come to think of it, I need to too.

    I’m with uncensored though…what in the world are you fabricating or constructing?

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