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Community News, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1974 - File 003. 1974-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/397/show/386.

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Title Community News, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1974
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date December 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 003
Transcript _, BOOK REVIEW By Scott Stebelman the LIBRARY "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead." James Kirkwood is a very funny novelist, but behind all the humor of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead lies a serious theme: self- growth implies self-acceptance. Kirkwood's characterization of the hero, Jimmy, is somewhat deceptive. We learn from the first couple of pages that Jimmy has been having an intense love affair with Kate, a girl who dominates him everywhere except in the bedroom. We also learn that his best friend, Pete, the only guy he can relate to, is bisexual. Pete propositions Jimmy, who respectfully declines, but when Pete has a heart attack and suddenly dies, Jimmy is so emotionally shaken that he never really recovers, no, not even when he goes off to Mexico with his new friend, the burglar Vito. Coincidence piles upon coincidence, and we soon discover that Vito is gay, too. How does Jimmy respond to Vito's gayness? Not quite like the heterosexual he thinks himself to be. When he first catches Vito ransacking his apartment, he beats him unconscious and then ties him up. At this point a strange, uncomfortable emotion overwhelms him: he feels funny "holding someone in my arms a phrase of closeness, affection, even. None of this, of course, but there was a certain intimacy that was, well, eerie." Or when Vito, helplessly bound, asks Jimmy to take his (Vito's) penis out so he can urinate, Jimmy becomes furious and Vito aptly retorts, "You afraid you might like it?" Even giving Vito a drink of water becomes filled with sexual overtones for Jimmy, who cannot meet Vito's eyes when he does it. It is not mere coincidence that Jimmy's best friends are gay, nor is it accidental that Kirkwood makes him an actor. Jimmy has been "acting" all of his life he is 38 years old and still believes that he will become a star; he thinks he can accept his aunt's money without being obligated to her; he thinks he can rationally talk two dangerous sadists out of raping Vito; but most important of all, he "acts" as if he were exclusively straight. Vito is crucial in Jimmy's development, for he offers him not only money, which means independence to write that long- dreamed novel, but also the opportunity to discover his gayness. Unlike Aunt Claire, Vito does not use money as a bribe; he does not expect Jimmy to have sex with him in return for the gift. He leaves that decision freely up to his friend ("if I get into your knickers,you'll do the unzipping"). Jimmy may not realize it as the novel ends, but his decision to accept Vito, renounce "acting," and run away to Mexico may be the first step towards self- acceptance. The climate in Mexico is very hot, and you can't write all the time. P.S. Your Cat Is Dead is in paperback and published by Warner Paperback Library. The Dance Goes On At The Encore! Dallas - Contrary to a recent rumor, The Encore at 4516 McKinney has not lost its dancing license. For several weeks now, different versions of the rumor have been circulating in Dallas. One version claims the vice squad is on the rag and is out to get the gay community by hasseling the bars with the first victim being the popular Encore. Another says that a competing and vindictive bar owner reported to the authorities that the Encore's dancing license had expired. As it is with all rumors, these have some basis in truth ... but truth was severely distorted by the embellishments of imagination. The truth, and reason for the rumor, is that the Encore's owner, Joe, forgot to renew the dancing license when it expired August 24. Until November 9, when he was formally notified by the police, Joe remained unaware of the lapse. It was that Saturday when the rumors began. By the following Thursday, the Encore has a renewed dancing license and $ 165 in fines and a plethora of rumors. COMMUNITY NEW:: Allen Reid Managing Editor Scott Stebleman Dallas Editor Mark Elgin Fort Worth Editor Richard van Cleve Business Manager John Chapman Art Director Wayne Ribble Special Consultant Staff: Arlo, Jay Alexander, Ken Cyr, Sue Harris, Kay Wilson, Ron Stone, Randy Beitel, Beatty, and others. Community News is published by the Northern Region of the Texas Gay Task Force (Communications Committee) and by AURA (Awareness, Unity and Research Association), not for profit but as 2 / COMMUNITY NEWS / DECEMBER 74 X a service to the Gay Community. Opinions expressed in Community News are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, AURA , the Northern Region of the Texas Gay Task Force, or of their members. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7318 FortWorth, TX 76111 SUBSCRIPTION RATE is $3 per year, mailed in plain envelope. LETTERS to the editor of Community News should be signed. However, name will be withheld upon request. All letters arc subject to editing to meet space requirements and to remove possibly libelous statements. Publication ofthe name of any person, business or group in Community News should not be construed as any indication of the sexual preference of that person, business or group, or of their employees or members. AD RATES available on request.
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