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“Her Name Is George”: Out at Work From Stonewall to the Present

I had my first paying job in 1964 at twelve as delivery boy for the local butcher in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. in 2005 when I was 54, and in my second year as director of public programs at the New-York Historical society, I had a front row seat for watching billionaires behaving badly during a contentious regime change. In between, I posed naked for art classes, baked carrot muffins for Bloomingdales, taught creative writing at Brooklyn College, wrote the captions for an illustrated Bible for children, and designed the lighting for a small dance company, among other things. The shortest job lasted three hours, the longest five years. At Work dramatizes my social, economic, and cultural education, against the backdrop of New York, which changed almost as frequently and rapidly as I did.

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