of The Umbrella
Fifth in the Choir of Angels' (too) well ordered hierarchy come the Malakim, often called "Virtues." Apart from the obvious relevance to this story of their divine designation, they also (one source says) "presided over events of weather, including rain, snow, wind and the like," and made orders given them into "miracles for God's favored."
I pecked this into my typewriter on a winter night, Saturday, February 3, 1973, 8:30 pm -- a rather odd moment, I see. In Promiscuous Affections I called the years from 1973 to 1976 "Times between." That is, between better times: both before and after, life gave me rich inspiration. Even in these fallow years I still sought it.
And all you have to do, really, is pay attention.
"Little" Elgin. I'm clearly too fond of diminutives as terms of endearment. Later there'd be "Little Ricky," taller than I -- if quite a bit younger.
Elgin didn't drop by. Angels often don't, not more than once -- and once was all I needed to know that Elgin was not little. And I hope not innocent. Maybe he's the angel who bestowed upon me a particular fondness for redheads.
Sci-Med, U of T:
the library where I worked from 1971 to 1976.
Built as the University of Toronto's main one in 1892, by my time
it housed just science and medicine collections.
Even within these grey walls -- and even in the early '70s -- life could be quite gay. Our lunches in the collegiate medieval splendour (circa 1919) of the Great Hall at Hart House were often high camp affairs. For boys of Sci-Med, see Promiscuous Affections: 1971. For lunch, 1973.
The Parkside was then one of the very few gay bars in Toronto, most grotty and all straight owned. See much more on it and others -- even much older ones -- also in 1971.
"Little Ricky" -- and a hunky redhead bodybuilder from that lunch bunch, Bert of Kentucky -- are among Other Angels.
Angel image: Detail from "Madonna e Santi," Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540).
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