In the latest chapter of “David and the Lion’s Den,” we learn some horrifying details of Hilda’s early life in Vienna. David narrates reluctantly, without divulging too much, but shows us that her story affected him deeply, and we suspect it probably influenced his art. Juxtaposed against that story, his own story begins to make more sense.

Author’s Notes:

The ice cream and coffee shop on the corner of Christopher and Bleecker was a Village institution for most of the 90s. I’ve displaced it in time just a little bit. It didn’t exist yet during the year this story is supposed to have taken place. The owner’s beautiful Colombian lover did not survive the HIV epidemic. The owner did, but he lost the will to run a store that required him to be a jovial host. He retired to a bitter solitude.

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

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