By Felice Picano
In the early Seventies, whilst he used to be nonetheless an aspiring, unpublished author, Felice Picano begun a impressive courting with a rare animal: a days-old kitten slated for euthanasia who refused to perish. Rescued, named, and informed, Fred turned a very clever spouse, best friend, instructor, and incessant ask yourself to the writer as he started his ascent in the course of the Bohemian circles of Greenwich Village, between musicians, actors, curious characters, or even the recognized British actress in hiding correct subsequent door. But whilst an acquaintance introduced his woman cat to be serviced via Fred, a complete new set of studies unfolded for the cat-and for Picano, who'd by no means had the nerve to befriend her proprietor, his excellent man. The process love seldom runs instantly for cats or for males, and this time may end up (hilariously) no different. This is one other of Picano's distinctive images of a vanished period, while a brand new homosexual area used to be solidifying just a couple of years after the Stonewall Riots, and the nonetheless nascent homosexual literary global that Picano could aid invent used to be only a belief. Fred in Love is a captivating, nostalgic, humorous, gossipy, regarding, and finally enlightening tale approximately how we examine and develop, and the way we love-whether the thing of our affection is a cat or one other human being. it truly is bound to take its position subsequent to Picano's now vintage literary memoirs Ambidextrous, males Who enjoyed Me, and a home at the Ocean, a home at the Bay.
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Frescobaldi. Once he began going out, living much of his time outside, coming in only to eat and sleep, at other times to ﬂop down to rest from the many labors of being a young cat in the city, it was clear he had earned another, different name. ” Then I shortened his name to Fred. After all, he was no longer the all-eyes, button-nosed, fuzz-ball 34 kitten. He was big and handsome—and masculine. He looked like a Fred; and while still a dear, let’s face it, he acted klutzy, just like a Fred might.
I’d recently returned to work, clerking at a Doubleday Book Shop, so weekdays were out: we decided upon a Saturday afternoon. Between the evening of the call and the date we had ﬁxed, whenever Fred would come indoors, I’d hug him, groom him, making sure he looked clean and presentable, telling him of his approaching good fortune. I’d already alerted Zeb that while I’d not actually witnessed Fred in ﬂagrante delecto, he had begun spraying, and from all appearance he seemed well developed and virile.
The teakwood gate-leg table, which I’d bought from a friend moving west just before I’d lost my last job, I now placed against the middle of the church pew, and with the table usually folded down on two sides, it created a nice breakfast spot, or impromptu desk for Bob. When it was unfolded, I’d bring my desk chair and another chair, and the dining oval could hold six for dinner. I had given my kitten the fanciful Sixties name (“Peace! Love! ”) Frescobaldi. Once he began going out, living much of his time outside, coming in only to eat and sleep, at other times to ﬂop down to rest from the many labors of being a young cat in the city, it was clear he had earned another, different name.