Thursday, April 07, 2005
Some time this weekend, the daffodils will begin to blossom at Fritz’s. His current estimate is 50,000 of them, most prominently on a long sloping bank that lies between the Center and the house and is visible from the street. It stops traffic. People take pictures. It looks like the classic transitional shot from ”Doctor Zhivago” and it’s very, very beautiful. He planted lots and lots of them years ago and they just spread like wildfire, filling in anywhere they aren’t obstructed.
I got interviewed last night by RG, a fellow academic from the general area for his book that’s in development on men who came out late and the institutions that delayed the public acknowledgement of their gayness. I know him two ways—one: as the friend of a lovely couple with whom I have been friends for years, and two: as a member of the gay book discussion group I’ve been a member of since last August. His method is to come with a laptop to the subject’s home and do about a two hour session. He’s interested in the process of coming out—the growing realization of homoerotic attraction; the manner of dealing with it; early sexual experiences; coming out to one’s self; coming out to colleagues, friends & family; consequences, if any, etc..
After the interview winds down, he takes the guy out to dinner in thanks. It’s a good, relaxed process and knowing it was coming, I had my thoughts and memories in order. I had made reservations for Gusto, a gay owned restaurant that opened in Roslindale Square last August. The owners are two Irish guys, one in the kitchen, one as maitre d’, and they’ve laid the place out. in small areas separated by walls so that they’re quiet and you can have a nice conversation without yelling. The menu’s extremely varied and creative and prices are reasonable.
I’m not sure about when the book is coming out. He’s still interviewing but the writing is coming along, apparently quite well. I’ll be looking forward to it