Promiscuous Affections
A Life in The Bar, 1969-2000
A memoir by Rick Bébout
"I wonder if just once, just once we tell each other what our lives have been like, what would happen?"

Neil Bartlett
Who Was That Man?

The Bar(n)

Holy Trinity

Michael Lynch Kevin 1984

To all the boys; & to the particular memory
of Michael Lynch & Kevin Bryson

 "Every artist seems to me to have the job of bearing witness to the world we live in. To some extent I think of all of us as artists, because we have voices and we are each of us unique. So if we don't bear witness as citizens, as people, as individuals, the right that we have had to life is sacrificed. There is a silence, instead of a speaking presence."

Jane Rule, in Aerlyn Weissman & Lynne Fernie's 1994 film,
Fiction and Other Truths

"As an act of bravery, love cannot be sentimental; as an act of freedom, it must not serve as a pretext for manipulation. It must generate other acts of freedom; otherwise, it is not love."

Paulo Freire, in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968

With thanks to Neil Bartlett, Jane Rule, and to Helen Sonthoff, who died in January 2000. Helen and Jane together gave each other and the world a love that did, indeed, generate acts of freedom.


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