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Years back, Robert and I also collaborated for a whole tale about men’s and women’s pubs.

Offered our diametrically opposed methods to work — him sculpting phrase by phrase, me personally planning to blurt down a messy draft then return back and tinker — it is magic we didn’t arrived at blows.

Our research ended up being “dating” one another — Robert dragging me personally into homosexual watering holes (he had been careful to select bars he didn’t frequent, into lesbian spots lest I cramp his style), me strutting him. Recently, he said he’d reread the tale and thought it absolutely was actually bad — small ideas, clunky prose. And seeking it over, I experienced to concur. Still, Robert, you’re the boy date that is best we ever endured. — Alisa Solomon



Listed here is our top that is last 10

1. A kiss as you’re watching Blue Willow to ensure most of the globe would understand.

2. Trading marriage rings over pastrami.

3. A condo with green carpeting and red walls that people knew we’re able to make our very own.

5. A bathtub filled with kittens and William meowing to be noticed.

6. Our first anniversary, I-95, and a tree that keeps growing.

7. A cold February time in Berlin trying to find art and coping with snowfall and combat that is torn-up.

8. March 26, 1993: City Hall, domestic partnership, and a stressed bride.

9. The Statue of Liberty — a kiss — and sodium and pepper shakers.

10. My birthday celebration this when you struggled to light a candle and carry the cake yourself year.

Not to mention viewing you as you slept for 2204 evenings. Do you know what? We nevertheless do.

“Always on my head. ” Perry



HOW CAN ROBERT DIE — and keep me personally to view Nixon’s funeral alone? Well sup­plied with a great amount of cigarettes, take-out eats, and gallons of caffeinated beverage, and sharing a loathing that is mutual the abruptly sanctified former prez, Robert, their enthusiast Perry, and I also could have possessed a ball along with his send-off. Most likely, using the possi­ble exceptions of this endless Menendez boys’ courtroom drama while the Tonya & Nancy variety show, this is the television event for the season: Five-Presidents-and-First-La­dies-Five and Bob Hope, politicians galore and a lot of inexpensive crooks (often one in addition to exact same), therefore the incomparable Spiro Agnew. Oh, how a bile might have mingled with unbridled laughter even as we re­acted to any or all that pathetic posturing and cant, not forgetting Senator Dole’s Emmy­-worthy breakdown that is little the termination of his eulogy. Then we might have dedicated to the stuff that is important Barbara Bush’s K­-Marche faux pearls, the Carters’ seeming dyspepsia, and whether Alexis Carrington Colby, oops, i am talking about Nancy Reagan has already established another lift.

To not dis Tricia’s and Julie’s grief, but­oh that is— please! — their pop music was indeed preparing their last farewell as a significant television comeback unique ever since he split fast from the White home back ’74, which is exact­ly just how Robert and Perry and I also will have relished it — as yet another great TV occasion that put into the structure upon which we built and nurtured our relationship. For most­ly, in the last 15 years (in accordance with Perry additionally working the remote since ’88), Robert and I also viewed tv. At least one time a week and, based on the thing that was on, often even more usually — we went up to Robert’s (after which Robert and Perry’s) apartment; I happened to be house — you realize, the area what your location is always welcome. And although we chewed over sets from our very own strive to all of the present dilemmas and gossip, our main activity ended up being tv, plenty of it, the whole thing — the news headlines, Mary Tyler Moore reruns, several years of Dynasty, tennis, fig­ure skating, Murphy Brown, election re­turns, lousy dramas, honors programs, and, most importantly, beauty pageants. We took all of it in, savoring the purest moments — Sue Sim­mons and Al Roker, such a thing from Delta Burke’s delirious Suzanne Sugarbaker, the self-referential brilliance associated with final New­hart — and commenting upon, twisting, spitting straight back, and otherwise manipulating all the sleep for the own function: good con­versation. And possibly it absolutely was simply a reason become together.

My personal favorite television memory is of the beauty pageant many years ago, in which a contestant had been expected something similar to: In one hundred years, that do you would imagine are going to be considered probably the most influential girl regarding the twentieth century? That has been precisely the form of thing we delighted in — and took dead really. After much hysterical laughter over the contestant’s response — Babs Bush (then very First Lady) — we first had to deconstruct issue. Just What is the answer that is best so that you can win the competition? Just What is the answer that is right? The absolute most im­pressive? Probably the most clever? Eleanor Roose­velt had been the obvious answer — too apparent, we decided. Then Perry popped in with Madonna. We liked that, but nah. I thought difficult and developed Anne Frank. Ooh, they liked that. Impressive choice. After which, a few momemts later, Robert seemed up, eyes twinkling, and stated defini­tively, “Lucy Ricardo. ” Ever the thoughtful, deliberate journalist, he had worked it through. And, of course, he had been right.

The good news is, lacking Robert, lacking him ter­ribly, we find our alternatives somehow ironic. For while Perry and I also have constantly continued together in a fashion that just might think of Lucy and Ethel or, to modify to my medium of expertise — Donna summertime and Barbra Streisand carrying on in Enough is sufficient — Robert, well, Robert really had a lot more than a little bit of Anne Frank in him. Both in their work — being movie theater critic and particularly being a journalist documenting the horrors of AIDS additionally the battle for homosexual liberties — and their individual life, he first seemed when it comes to good in other people, for the good as well as the feasible. He could possibly be cynical or aggravated (cf. Nixon), but he had been really a sort, large guy whom did their damnedest. And like a lot of associated with the most readily useful TV shows — state, I’ll Fly Away — Robert was canceled too quickly. Oh, Robert, we never ever reached state, “Hi, Roz! ” — Jim Feldman

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