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e-Book Ptown download

e-Book Ptown download

by Peter Manso

ISBN: 0743243110
ISBN13: 978-0743243117
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner (May 6, 2003)
Pages: 368
Category: Americas
Subategory: History

ePub size: 1897 kb
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Rating: 4.3
Votes: 519
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Peter Manso is the author of the definitive biographies of Marlon Brando and Norman Mailer, as well as Ptown: Art . Manso puts his heart and soul into writing these books. Lot of digging to put this together. This writer not afraid to write about the good, bad, and evil!

Peter Manso is the author of the definitive biographies of Marlon Brando and Norman Mailer, as well as Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape, which was a Boston Globe bestseller. His work has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vanity Fair, the Sunday Times of London, Paris Match, and many other publications. This writer not afraid to write about the good, bad, and evil!

Provincetown, Massachussetts.

Acclaimed writer and longtime Provincetown resident Peter Manso brings fifty years of life and observation to this engaging, at times scandalous, portrait of the unique seaside town located at the furthermost tip of Cape Cod.

Acclaimed writer and longtime Provincetown resident Peter Manso brings fifty years of life and observation to this engaging, at times scandalous, portrait of the unique seaside town located at the furthermost tip of Cape Co. Provincetown, Massachusetts, has long been one of the country's most celebrated enclaves for the rich, creative, and infamous. Acclaimed writer and longtime Provincetown resident Peter Manso brings fifty years of life and observation to this engaging, at times scandalous, portrait of the unique seaside town located at the furthermost tip of Cape Cod.

and put all of America behind hi.

Peter Manso has lived in Provincetown for most of his life, beginning in the early 1950s. Ptown was a great place, and I have returned there many times since. He is the author of biographies of Norman Mailer and Marlon Brando, and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vanity Fair, Premiere, and Paris Match. His style is straightforward, and the narrative is a combination of history, storytelling and gossip interwoven in a very deft manner.

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Ptown by Peter Manso - When you look back at its history, you can see a progression in Provincetown, things .

Ptown by Peter Manso - When you look back at its history, you can see a progression in Provincetown, things getting wilder and wilder, the outlaw element.

Peter Manson (born 1969) is a contemporary Scottish poet

Peter Manson (born 1969) is a contemporary Scottish poet.

Reasonable Doubt - Peter Manso. Praise for Mailer: His Life and Times. Try dipping into Mr. Manso’s interviews without at once becoming addicted. Try just skimming the text without getting hooked in the stage-by-stage unfolding of Norman Mailer’s career.

Art, Sex and Money on the Outer Cape. In a place that has always valued liberty over law, Manso has caught the intriguing angles that let him shed light on the heart of Ptown. Pub Date: July 1st, 2002.

When you look back at its history, you can see a progression in Provincetown, things getting wilder and wilder, the outlaw element becoming the norm. . . . Provincetown, Cape Cod: This small Massachusetts enclave has long been home to pirates, commune-dwellers, artists, and other noble countrymen who value liberty over law - from Norman Mailer and Tennessee Williams to John Waters, Robert Motherwell, and former congressman Gerry Studds. With one of the largest homosexual populations per capita of any town or city in the United States, and some of the highest beachfront real estate prices in the Northeast, Provincetown is a thriving tourist spot that attracts more than one million visitors each year. Here, acclaimed writer and longtime Ptown resident Peter Manso brings together all the celebrities and townsfolk, history and happenstance, and politics and gossip to offer an unparalleled account of this unconventional seaside society - a place, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, where "one may stand . . . and put all of America behind him".
Comments:
Castiel
Not a recent book, but a great "roma a clef" of P-town, and lots of juicy good stories. We spend a lot of time in nearby N. Truro, and actually know some of the characters.But anyone who has ever vacationed in P-Town will enjoy this book.

Lbe
Manso puts his heart and soul into writing these books. Lot of digging to put this together. This writer not afraid to write about the good, bad, and evil!

Rich Vulture
I first visited Ptown just after the mid-Sixties when two gay artist friends of mine bought a house there and turned it into a very barebones B&B with a gallery attached. Ptown was a great place, and I have returned there many times since.
I found Manso's book to be well written and entertaining, despite a minority of Amazon reviewers who found it quite otherwise. His style is straightforward, and the narrative is a combination of history, storytelling and gossip interwoven in a very deft manner. He develops various topics in the story of Ptown and does an excellent job of weaving in the life stories of a wide spectrum of Ptown's inhabitants. If you have a problem reading Manso's book, then "walk/don't walk" signs must be daily life threatening situations.
The author sketches in the pre-colonial and 19th century history of Ptown with interesting anecdotes; however it is in his presentations of the development of the Portuguese fishing community, the beginning of the arts colony and the arrival of the earlier gay settlers in the 60s and 70s - and their battles, cominglings and final integration - where he excells. The lives of many people are explored and they weave in and out of the Ptown story over the years so that one gets a real feel for the community.
There were three reviewers who claimed that the book is homophobic, though one of those reviews has now disappeared. As a gay man, I really feel compelled to comment on those claims. And my response is "{crud}!" One of these complainers after making that assertion, then goes on to also complain that certain topics are treated at too great a length - one of them being a gay man who has been at the center of Ptown's life for decades, and has been involved in many of community service projects. Maybe she read so fast she didn't realize he was gay.
Several members of the established gay community are featured repeatedly, prominently and positively in the book. Manso has certainly balanced his attentions very fairly among the Portuguese, artistic, and gay communities of Ptown, and he has done a great job showing how the town various elements could pull together when faced with crises.
However, in the end this is not just the story of the life, but the death by strangulation of an old diverse - get that word, "diverse" - rock 'em, sock 'em town funky old place. The impact in the Nineties of luxury real estate development aimed overwhelmingly at wealthy gay people and a flashy commercial environment for gay visitors has all but killed the town. The powerful arts and business conglomerates - very heavily gay in their makeup - are advocating more and more economic development and centralization; however, failing to point out that it will primarily benefit them, and not the old long time communities of Ptown.
The Portuguese, the artists and the old time gay residents are not only being pushed out by the sky-high costs of life in Ptown, they are not wanted by the wave of gay arrivistes who are indifferent, when not antagonistic, to Ptown's past history and traditions - and the new arrivals make no bones about. It is ironic that we gay people who make so much - in our political campaigning - about diversity are actively and with malice destroying it in Ptown. Manso is not homophobic on this score even, from my own personal experience I would say he's been, if anything, extremely lighthanded.
I had decided in the 90's to investigate Ptown as a place to settle in year around. I was fortunate enough to have enough money to consider purchasing an apartment there and felt that if it were well enough situated I could deal with the hordes of summer visitors that almost suffocate Ptown. However, I wanted to get a picture of the all-year residents, and, therefore, stayed for three off-season months with two gay friends who lived in Ptown. During that time they seemed to be constantly and unwillingly sucked into "us against them" conversations. Twice they were visited by recent gay female residents who proceeded to instruct them on what their attitudes should be on local issues, and in each case departed with a shameless warning that "If you don't support us, you'll be sorry you live here." I was stunned - my friends were established gay residents in town. I left convinced - and Manso's book confirms the rightness of my decision - that the new Ptown was not run by the kind of people I would want for neighbors. Ultimately I found that Europe offered more congenially integrated gay-straight society.

Wiliniett
If you want to know anything intimate about the folks
who dwell and stand out in Provincetown, you must read this
book.

Not only informative, but totally exciting and it would
interest anyone in its close details of the lives of the
people there. In fact, most of their names, telelphone
numbers and addresses are in the Cape Cod telephone books:
Orleans and Hyannis.

Norman Mailer, Jay Critchley and others are discussed, also a famous murder, Christa Worthington, and more.

Traveling to P'Town and Cape Cod is a bit expensive, coming
from Central MA where I live, but if I could, I'd be happy
as a writer to travel there often to interview some of the
well known people there.

Nikobar
Not at all the gossip-ridden quick-read i had been led to expect--but a really tragic story of the destruction of one of America's most special and historic towns--a place where innovative art has been created for decades, a place where everyone was welcome, but a place that now is being erased from the face of the earth by big money and political correctness. There's a lesson here for every community.

Yannara
Manso is rude and biased; however, certain parts are quite funny and it keeps you hooked

JoJolar
Good book! I loved it. Moving to truro next week. Good to get some history about the nearby area.

This post-modernist hybrid is a joy to read. Part local history, part travelogue, part whodunit, the book shows how a politically and culturally fashionable pressure group was able to succeed where the Puritans failed: homogenize a town that was famous for its diversity.

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