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JUST CALL ME JACK–THE ALIAS–FOR THE RECORD   Leave a comment

In 2004 I had my eighth book published and always considered it my best. I called it “The Free Prisoner: A Novella” and inside put what is known as a run of the mill disclaimer. It said “This book is a work of fiction. Places, events and situations in this story are purely fictional and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is coincidental.”

Here it is 9 years later and I can finally say that it is based on my childhood, and teenage years, in the Bronx in the 1940s and early 1950s. I claimed it was fiction because I felt I could be more honest about people I knew back then and had no desire to hurt anyone or ‘out’ them. As far as I know those who could have been hurt by the truth of my adventures with them are all dead now. Those who are alive–2 of my relatives–have always been treated with respect by my whether it is in writing or my talking about them.

I honestly have no idea if any of the aunts, uncles and cousins I refer to are even still alive and I have seen none of them in over 50 years.

That brings us to Jack! Over the years I have used different names when writing, not only as the author, but also when I was a character in a book, though that has happened 3 times as most books I have written are nofiction. Why did I choose the name Jack? I haven’t the slightest idea nor do I remember picking it for any particular reason. If I were to write “The Free Prisoner” today though I may still use some fictious names for a few of the people I certainly would use my own name instead of Jack and I would change that disclaimer a bit.

The next book was “Letting It All Hang Out: Commentaries, Musings and Essays From An Old(er), Poor, Gay Man.”  which really was a series of blogs before I even knew what the word meant or I got into blogging. Back in those days I didn’t refer to myself as an old man, but an old(er) man. Today, at 77, I proudly carry the title of old man! There was no disclaimer in that book as every word was true and every person real.

I have been working on what I call ‘my last book’ for about a year now and hopefully will be finished before September. I have been posting the chapters under the name “7 Decades” series and it is basically a look at how times have changed in the past 70 years. Once again there will be no disclaimer as all is true, including names, places, events and situations, most of the facts taken from diaries I have kept over the years. Just in case you care the printed version will be X rated!

Posted March 20, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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A MUST SEE TV AND/OR DVD–WILL MELT YOUR HEART   Leave a comment

HBO is now showing a very powerful and moving documentary about Vito Russo who wrote “The Celluloid Closet”, a bestseller about gays in the movies. The film starts off on the light side showing a young boy growing up naturally, loved by his parents and brother, knowing he was gay in a time it wasn’t safe or easy being gay. The film sees him loving life in New York, being an activist for gay rights and when he becomes a best selling writer he started traveling around the world and continued on the lecture circuit. You will rejoice when he finds love and, even if you are a stone, you will have compassion for the twists and turns in his life.

 

Seeing this movie you will see the history of a movement, of a generation, of people who faced up to AIDS, fought it, fought the government and got results. It will present a New York, a generation, many of you may not be familiar with.

 

Whether you are gay, straight, male, female, Christian, Atheist, black, white, old or young, I defy you not to become awash  in tears the last 45 minutes in the life of this man who gave his all for others and, yet, feel hope for mankind that such a person lived among us.

 

SEE “VITO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF VITO RUSSO”–IT IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL–IT WILL BE REPEATED ON HBO AND IS AVAILABLE ON DVD.

Posted July 23, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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