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Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape (Lisa Drew Books)

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"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, 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.

Filled with lively and intriguing anecdotes about some of its most notorious residents — from Norman Mailer and Robert Motherwell to Tennessee Williams, John Waters, and Congressman Gerry Studds — Ptown gives readers a rare and revealing glimpse into the lives of this eccentric community. Home for decades to pirates, communists, fishermen, drug smugglers, and artists, Provincetown has been a maverick society since its beginning, with residents who have always valued liberty over law. Its live-and-let-live mentality has enabled local fishermen to live side by side with America's most famous painters, novelists, and playwrights, making Provincetown an object of fascination throughout the country and a thriving tourist spot that brings more than one million visitors to the area each year. Provincetown today also has one of the largest homosexual populations per capita of any single city in the United States, a demographic shift that has altered the town's businesses, buildings, and schools — only one birth took place in 2000, out of a year-round population of about 3,500.

Drawing on Provincetown's rich and diverse cultural history, Manso brings his razor-sharp perception to this compulsively readable account of a people and a town as it evolved from a rustic fishing village to one of America's most exclusive resorts with the highest real estate values on the Cape. From the everyday lives of the store owners, restaurateurs, Realtors, and local police to the scandal that erupted over the recent murder of heiress Christa Worthington, Ptown offers an unparalleled glimpse into a rarefied world where old traditions and new money can create unusual — and at times uneasy — bedfellows.

Lively, penetrating, and occasionally shocking, Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape captures Provincetown as never before.

Synopsis:

Rich with anecdotes about famous and infamous residents (Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando), "Ptown" is a lively, penetrating, and occasionally shocking look at Provincetown, Massachusetts by writer Manso, who has lived there for much of his life. 16-page photo insert.

About the Author

Peter Manso has lived in Provincetown for most of his life, beginning in the early 1950s. 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.

Table of Contents

Contents

  1. The House Party

  2. On the Edge

  3. The Fourth of July

  4. Provincetown's Geography: Fact and Metaphor

  5. Walking Tour

  6. A Brief Art History

  7. Forum 49

  8. The Auction

  9. Ciro & Sal's

  10. Carnival

  11. If Not Us, Who?

  12. Tony Jackett: The Smuggling Story

  13. Warm Nights

  14. The Bars

  15. Regina Binder: City Planner

  16. The Drop-In Center

  17. Jay Critchley

  18. Ciro Lets the Good Times Roll

  19. Outlaws

  20. Tony and the Colombians

  21. Coming Out

  22. Preservation

  23. Tony's Family

  24. The Swim for Life

  25. AIDS

  26. Ciro's No More

  27. Weekend Encounters

  28. Trouble in Provincetown

  29. Life in the Theme Park

  30. An Afterword

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743200943
Subtitle:
Art, Sex and Money on the Outer Cape
Author:
Manso, Peter
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - New England - Massachusetts
Subject:
Arts and society
Subject:
Provincetown
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Lisa Drew Books (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
150-101-629
Publication Date:
20020701
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20.640 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Rich with anecdotes about famous and infamous residents (Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando), "Ptown" is a lively, penetrating, and occasionally shocking look at Provincetown, Massachusetts by writer Manso, who has lived there for much of his life. 16-page photo insert.
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