Franny

Franny By John Preston, Franny Tough yet sensitive Franny is a tribute to those who have helped so many in the current generation of gay men and women escape the prison of individual isolation Library Journal In Franny the Queen
  • Title: Franny
  • Author: John Preston
  • ISBN: 9780932870315
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • Franny By John Preston, Tough yet sensitive, Franny is a tribute to those who have helped so many in the current generation of gay men and women escape the prison of individual isolation Library Journal In Franny, the Queen of Provincetown, John Preston created one of his most memorable characters from among the than 30 books he authored or edited over his storied career Franny is a prou Tough yet sensitive, Franny is a tribute to those who have helped so many in the current generation of gay men and women escape the prison of individual isolation Library Journal In Franny, the Queen of Provincetown, John Preston created one of his most memorable characters from among the than 30 books he authored or edited over his storied career Franny is a proud, protective friend to the gay men of Provincetown, Massachusetts, as they fight their battles against self hatred and ostracism Haunted by the loss of his first love, Franny vows never to let fear and anger consume those who are treated differently for who they are It s Franny s goal to ensure that there is a place in the world for everyone who feels they do not belong First published to wide acclaim in 1983, Franny was a book of gay heroism and camaraderie in the shadow of the burgeoning AIDS crisis Today, one can read Franny with a sense of nostalgia and with the knowledge that Franny s dreams of a society that accepts gays and lesbians without question is closer to fruition, but far from complete This edition features an appendix of supplementary materials about Franny and the author, as well as an introduction by Michael Lowenthal, the novelist and anthologist and author of two books, including the Lambda Award nominated Avoidance Little Sister s Classics is an Arsenal Pulp Press imprint dedicated to reviving lost and out of print gay and lesbian classic books, both fiction and nonfiction The series is produced in conjunction with Little Sister s Books, the heroic gay Vancouver bookstore well known for its anti censorship efforts John Preston was the author or editor of than 30 books during his 20 year writing career His books include Mr Benson, The Big Gay Book, Hometown, and Flesh and the Word volumes 1, 2, and 3 as editor He died of AIDS related complications in 1994.
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    1. John Preston

      John Preston wrote and edited gay erotica, fiction, and nonfiction.He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, later living in a number of major American cities before settling in Portland, Maine in 1979 A writer of fiction and nonfiction, dealing mostly with issues in gay life, he was a pioneer in the early gay rights movement in Minneapolis He helped found one of the earliest gay community centers in the United States, edited two newsletters devoted to sexual health, and served as editor of The Advocate in 1975.He was the author or editor of nearly fifty books, including such erotic landmarks as Mr Benson and I Once Had a Master and Other Tales of Erotic Love Other works include Franny, the Queen of Provincetown first a novel, then adapted for stage , The Big Gay Book A Man s Survival Guide for the Nineties, Personal Dispatches Writers Confront AIDS, and Hometowns Gay Men Write About Where They Belong.Preston s writing which he described as pornography was part of a movement in the 1970s and 1980s toward higher literary quality in gay erotic fiction Preston was an outspoken advocate of the artistic and social worth of erotic writings, delivering a lecture at Harvard University entitled My Life as a Pornographer The lecture was later published in an essay collection with the same name The collection includes Preston s thoughts about the gay leather community, to which he belonged His writings caused controversy when he was one of several gay and lesbian authors to have their books confiscated at the border by Canada Customs Testimony regarding the literary merit of his novel I Once Had a Master helped a Vancouver LGBT bookstore, Little Sister s Book and Art Emporium, to partially win a case against Canada Customs in the Canadian Supreme Court in 2000 Preston also brought gay erotic fiction to mainstream readers by editing the Flesh and the Word anthologies for a major press.Preston served as a journalist and essayist throughout his life He wrote news articles for Drummer and other gay magazines, produced a syndicated column on gay life in Maine, and penned a column for Lambda Book Report called Preston on Publishing His nonfiction anthologies, which collected essays by himself and others on everyday aspects of gay and lesbian life, won him the Lambda Literary Award and the American Library Association s Stonewall Book Award He was especially noted for his writings on New England.Although primarily known as a gay fiction writer, Preston was also hired by a local newspaper, The Portland Chronicle, to write news articles and features about his adopted hometown of Portland He wrote a long feature about the local monopoly newspaper, the Portland Press Herald, as well as many food articles movie reviews and other writing.In addition, Preston wrote men s adventure novels under the pseudonyms of Mike McCray, Preston MacAdam, and Jack Hilt pen names that he shared with other authors Taking what he had learned from authoring those books, he wrote the Alex Kane adventure novels about gay characters These books, which included Sweet Dreams, Golden Years, and Deadly Lies, combined action story plots with an exploration of issues such as the problems facing gay youth.Preston was among the first writers to popularize the genre of safe sex stories, editing a safe sex anthology entitled Hot Living in 1985 He helped to found the AIDS Project of Southern Maine In the late 1980s, he discovered that he himself was HIV positive.Some of his last essays, found in his nonfiction anthologies and in his posthumous collection Winter s Light, describe his struggle to come emotionally to terms with a disease that had already killed many of his friends and fellow writers.He died of AIDS complications on April 28, 1994, aged 48, at his home in Portland His papers are held in the Preston Archive at Brown University.Librarian Note There is th

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    1. Franny is the history of the development of the gay community John PrestonNow if I had come across this statement before I had embarked on reading this short novel, I might have been tempted to abandon ship immediately Not that I m inherently against such an impulse behind an author or artist s creative process, but in my experience when art is explicitly described in such terms my immediate impulse is to put my guard up, to expect didacticism and pedantry and lessons and it is difficult not to [...]


    2. I loved this book and I agree with Zoe when she said It s simple, beautifully written, and I really want Franny to be the queen of my town, so I can hang out with him I sat on the Boston subway and in restaurants this weekend, reading this book, laughing at moments and crying in othersheartwrenching stories that make you want to reach out to ensure that there is a place in the world for everyone who feels they do not belong Franny is tribute to those who have helped so many in the current genera [...]


    3. Some say that there is no gay heritage because every generation invents its own ways to communicate, dress, dance, party and live With every generation, us trolls are relegated to the memory hole and hardly a part of the current crop of gay men I disagree because every community the lucky ones, at least have at least one Franny who is looking out for her boys These modern day Frannys are the ones who call the police to report a gay bashing they are the ones telling you or TAKING you to get an HI [...]


    4. Fantastic stuff I could have read quite a bit if it had been there Loved the characters and especially the style in which the content was provided I also thought Michael Lowenthal s introduction was helpful.


    5. I loved this book Summed up the slogan, We re here, we re queer Get over it , very nicely I enjoyed reading the history in this edition.


    6. 4.0 of 5 stars A Sweet Little Gem About the Recent Gay Past.I love gay historicals, and this was a light and enlightening visit to the recent past, scattered throughout with gems of wisdom and care And making this all the poignant, as I was reading this, Lady Chablis passed away, a symbol of those times.This was self described by John Preston as one of the first gay male novels 1983 to present itself as such And I d add especially concerning its topic having a drag queen as a gay heroine and pi [...]


    7. As thin as she may be, Franny has some meat on her bones Franny is far from the vapid gay romance I was expecting It is poignant, funny and gives us a snapshot of history that America would have us believe never happened It exposes the dark underbelly of America s treatment of gays.Before there were pride parades galore and the Will and Grace acceptance of gays, there was the AIDS epidemic and gay erasure from mainstream culture Franny is a reminder to queer identifying people GLBTQIA to stay vi [...]


    8. Good book, the ending of the original book gave me chills, really enjoyed it The second book is good too, but in a different way The first book brings it all to a sense of self and internal happiness that I think is really the key to human existence The second book misses a bit shy of that mark as Preston was too involved in living the experience to be able to look that far out of it A little something was missing, the element that Larry Kramer brought so well in The Normal Heart, the tying the [...]





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