David and Lion’s Den chapter alert!

David’s friend Richard introduces him to an influential gallery owner. Meanwhile, David’s HIV test results aren’t back yet, and he’s seriously worried, confronting his mortality for the first time. Mistress Carla with her whip and leather getup? She seems to be insinuating her into David’s life pretty thoroughly.

Lucien Freud’s work has gained a lot of respect and appreciation since David’s day. He’s mostly regarded now as a serious artist who had important contributions to make to representationalist portraiture. In the 1980s, that was far from the case. Critics regarded him as a dilettante, an amateur, and barely a real artist. Hence, David’s strong reaction.

Mistress Carla is based on a real friend of mine who was quite well known around the Village and especially in the garden of the 13th St LGBT Community Center, where she often passed an afternoon. People knew her as Manhattan’s oldest working cross-dressing dominatrix sex worker. Those were not the words they used to describe her. Authentic 1980s vocabulary would offend people today, though no harm was meant then. Carla in real life was not transgender, and she isn’t transgender in my story. I’d say more now, but I don’t want to ruin some big reveals that come later.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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