10 Stories of
including "Mrs Dalloway Went That-A-Way"
Short Fiction by
STONEWALL 50! "Party like it's 1969!"
Guided by gaydar in this new collection, Jack Fritscher rolls out ten excellently crafted tales scanning "the curvature of the gay Earth" from the 1906 earthquake in "Meet Me in San Francisco" through the 1969 Stonewall Riot up to gay marriage in "Mrs. Dalloway Went That-A-Way." The stories connect LGBT folk on the Gay Axis from a Greenwich Village bar to a Midwest movie palace, and from an Alaska cruise ship to San Francisco's Castro Street surging with gay-immigrant refugees from the American culture wars. "Chasing Danny Boy" was published initially with Neil Jordan, director of The Crying Game. "Stonewall" is one of the great short stories of gay history.
Stonewall: 10 Stories of Gay Liberation
Stonewall: June 27, 1969, 11 PM (pdf)
“At Stonewall,” Jack Fritscher wrote, “gay character changed.”
In June 1969, the legendary Stonewall Rebellion in New York’s Greenwich Village began the national gay civil rights movement.
Jack Fritscher, one-time lover of Robert Mapplethorpe and early intimate of elegant Picasso biographer and Vanity Fair author John Richardson, is the highly acclaimed novelist, award-winning historian, and polished prose stylist. His best-selling Some Dance to Remember: A Memoir-Novel of San Francisco 1970-1982 pairs perfectly with his nonfiction tour de force Gay San Francisco as “gay roots” landmarks in GLBT literature. The Advocate said that “Fritscher writes...wonderful books” and that he made “the Castro mythic.”
In his fiction collection celebrating Stonewall at fifty, Jack Fritscher—at eighty—unreels ten perfectly crafted stories introduced by literary critics Richard Labonté of A Different Light , by Mark Thompson of The Advocate, and by Mark Hemry, editor of Stonewall.
Editor Mark Hemry selected the tales in this edition to show, first, how Stonewall affected gay culture (on the Gay Axis connecting Stonewall to San Francisco), and, second, how Fritscher in the West Coast school of writing helped build the national aftermath of the East Coast Stonewall. Among fellow authors such as Armistead Maupin, Edmund White, Felice Picano, and the pseudonymous Andrew Holleran, Jack Fritscher is the eldest and the first published (1950s) and is the only lifelong magazine editor, journalist, photographer, and novelist. His truly distinctive contribution to LGBT literature has been his widening—precisely with his recurrent themes of humanism and eros—the liminal diversity of the gay literary canon in books such as his controversial memoir of his affair with the much-damned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera. Stonewall surveys the fictive essence of his 50-year career capturing the character, dialogue, and nuance of the gay culture whose emotional curves he loves.
Willie Walker, founder of the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco, has observed: “Fritscher is a prolific writer who since the late 1960s has helped document the gay world and the changes it has undergone.”