Ken Sofronski doesn’t paper over the cracks. His memoir of a long life in the gay world – mostly in New York – is a plain-spoken account of scenes, crises, events and changes that will be familiar to many senior readers and instructive to younger ones. Sex, drugs, the club scene, the AIDS crisis, love found and lost, every fad from Rolfing to Est; its all there. Sofranski has seen it all and been part of it all since the time of Stonewall.
The book is more than an historical account however. It is also a testimony to continuing to enjoy what life has to offer through the whole process – right into the senior years and to making the best one can of it all. Older readers will not only reminisce as they re-travel with Sofronski a long road of mutual experience, they may find some inspiration to believe that “it isn’t over ’till it’s over” and even in old age there is much worth living for.
Younger readers may learn that ageing can be accepted gracefully and life continues to be well worth the trouble long after one has left the category of twink. They will also find a vivid account of gay history by one who has been there. Sofronski’s years are the times that made us all what we are today and created the gay world we now are part of.
To understand where we are and why, we must know where we have been. This is a book that tells us.
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