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INVENTING THE TRUTH: Memory and Its Tricks - A Gay Life by Lucien L Agosta PhD

INVENTING THE TRUTH: Memory and Its Tricks - A Gay Life

by Lucien L Agosta PhD

344 pages
INVENTING THE TRUTH: MEMORY AND ITS TRICKS offers a collection of essays dealing with the author's life experiences as a gay man, including his complicated process of coming out and learning how to love and how to live happily and well.

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About the Book
INVENTING THE TRUTH: MEMORY AND ITS TRICKS offers a collection of essays dealing with the author's life experiences as a gay man. Because exact accuracy is alien to the way memory works, the verifiable fictions in this book are, necessarily, inventions of the truth. Included essays examine the author's early cross-dressing and other childhood challenges to his birth gender, the important formative influences on him of his Catholic parish and school and the local public library, and his belated and complicated coming out as a gay man.

Another essay offers a dialectic between lust and love. Defining himself as a "Promiscuous Hedonist" for most of his adult life, the author at long last discovered that love was real and that he could love another man in his own gay way. Subsequent essays investigate the influence on the author of his two immigrant grandfathers and the unsavory memories of a racist past growing up in Louisiana in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. A further essay explores the author's primal fears of darkness and death and how he achieved a satisfactory resolution of those fears.

A final essay explores the reams of war-time letters that constituted the courtship of the author's parents who maintained their connection through letters for the nearly three years they were apart during WWII. These letters focus on the challenging beginnings of a 54-year love affair as well as on conditions during the war of a soldier overseas and his intended at home in Ohio whom he was courting by near-daily correspondence.

The essays in this book offer accounts of seminal remembered experiences in the author's past now interpreted in a language unavailable to him at the time those experiences were occurring. In these reliable accounts, the author tells the truth about his gay life in the most honest way he knows how to invent it.

 

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About the Author
Lucien L Agosta PhD Lucien L. Agosta, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at California State University, Sacramento, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1977. In addition to publishing numerous articles in his field, he is the author of three books: HOWARD PYLE (G. K. Hall, 1987); E. B. WHITE: THE CHILDREN'S BOOKS (Simon and Schuster, 1995); and LOSING TIME: AIDS LESSONS IN LOVE AND LOSS (BookLocker, 2019). He was awarded the CSUS Outstanding Teaching Award during the 1999/2000 academic year. He is married to Bud Sydenstricker and now resides in Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

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