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A collection of posts from this blog. Short biographical sketches of people, some remembered and some forgotten, who lived or died in New York. All kinds of wild stuff, plus some stuff that isn't quite wild but fascinating. New York is a mecca for hustlers of every kind, some likable and some horrible, but they are never boring.
An article in the Science Times section of the New York Times of June 12 talked about how, because of the Y chromosome, men are different -- a subject about which I am vastly ignorant. It seems that the Y chromosome does a lot more than determine the male body parts or pump more sperm into the adult male. It helps fight cancer, keeps arteries clear, and blocks plaque buildup in the brain. So hurrah for Y! (The X chromosome, of course, makes females female.) Some other discoveries:
- Men aren't evolved cavemen. Though human DNA contains vestiges of Neanderthals, any trace of the Neanderthal Y chromosome was expelled from the human gene pool long ago.
- But, guys, don't throw out your gorilla suit yet. Our closest living relative is the chimpanzee, but after that, the gorilla. And our Y chromosome aligns better with a gorilla's than a chimp's.
- Female gorillas are mostly monogamous, as are women (with exceptions). But female chimps are, to put it mildly, wanton, which promotes sperm competition among males. Ladies (humans, that is), please take note. Are you more akin to a gorilla or a chimp?
There's lots more to report, but this will do for now. There's nothing in the article to situate gay people in the X versus Y landscape. But as one expert observed, X and Y each deserves a novel of its own. And what an epic read that will be!
|Silas and me at BookCon 2018. My hair is uncombed, |
since I left my comb at home. A charming touch, or messy?
|The Javits Center, a big, squat hunk of glass.|
Janine and Jim Eden
|Here are the brisk walkers, following the mad runners, as seen from our booth.|
|This is the one their eye always went to first.|
Bright colors and a bold NEW YORK.
|Here is LITTLE BOOK OF YOU with the baby, just across from us.|
At the end of the first day, we had sold only 8 books, as compared to 15 the year before. A downer. And yet there was a better flow of traffic in our aisle, and our booth was more attractive. “On Sunday we’ll be lucky to sell six,” I said to Silas, remembering that in 2017 the first day was better. The book that sold the most: as in 2017, the New York stories. But there was good news about Sunday: Bill Clinton would be on the floor above us, so on our level the Secret Service would not get in the way.
At BookCon 2017 we had had access to a men's room that was palatial in size, well kept up, and never crowded. But in 2018 we could see another facility from our booth and headed for it when necessary, only to find it hidden behind a curtain that said EXIT, which made us wonder if we'd be out of the exhibition hall and have to re-enter. The steady stream of males in and out reassured us, but behind the curtain was a drab area that shouldn't have been visible in the otherwise well-scrubbed hall, and a small men's room that was likewise drab and crowded. After that we headed for the more distant one we remembered from BookCon 2017, and in so doing had a glance at the lavish displays of the big presses.
Some of the people who came to our booth weren't interested in books -- not in mine, at least. One wanted us to participate in a survey about what kind of books we read; we participated. Another announced herself as a "book store manager/aspiring author/book blogger" and left her card. And an older Jewish man told us about his books on God and the Psalms and likewise left his card.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
For readers who like historical fiction and a fast-moving story.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, if you like, but no porn (I don't do porn). Women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.