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FIRE ISLAND PINES – THE BOOK

A group of us who lived and worked in the Pines all summer gathered each Monday for brunch when the weekenders had gone. We celebrated the fact that we’d not gotten on the ferry to go back to New York jobs. Dale was our host for this weekly event at his ocean front cottage. He had the privilege of being able to work from the beach. Andy and John worked as waiters and bartenders. We’d bonded preseason before the summer began in earnest and maintained our Monday ritual all summer. Limited Editions 5 x 5" 6 of 35 10 x 10" 4 of 25 20 x 20" 4 of 25 30 x 30" 3 of 10 40 x 40" 2 of 5 (Tom Bianchi)

Dreams can come true – even if they take over 30 years to materialize.  In the 1970s I took thousands of Polaroid SX 70s at Fire Island Pines, recording the life of my friends and me.  Back then, the book I designed with those pictures was deemed “too queer” to be commercial.  What the censoring publishers really meant, was that it too honestly depicted us as sexual beings having a real good time.

I had to put the project on ice for the past 30 or more years. But this month, we began production of the book we expect to launch at the beginning of next summer.

As I begin writing the text, I see that the 30 year wait was well worth it. I can talk about matters today that I might have been too timid to admit back then. (Like what’s the statute of limitations for sex, drugs and disco :-)   We did some lovely drugs and had a lot of sex. We played naked in the surf and danced many sweaty nights past sunrise.  Miraculously, some of us survived.  I’m here to show and tell the story of what those magical years were like.

- Tom

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