The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in by Charles Kaiser

By Charles Kaiser

A New York Times awesome e-book of the yr and winner of a Lambda Literary Award, The homosexual Metropolis is a landmark saga of fight and triumph that was once immediately famous because the such a lot authoritative and giant paintings of its style. full of stunning anecdotes and searing stories of heartbreak and transformation, it offers a decade-by-decade account of the increase and popularity of homosexual existence and identification because the Forties. From the making of West part Story, the trendy Romeo and Juliet story written and staged through 4 homosexual males, to the catastrophic period of AIDS, Charles Kaiser recounts the genuine heritage of the homosexual circulate with many never-before-told tales. jam-packed with incredible characters — together with Leonard Bernstein, Montgomery Clift, Alfred Hitchcock, and John F. Kennedy, between many others — it is a very important telling of yankee background, fascinating and uplifting.

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Other local variations are less easy to account for: in 1957, when Athens had only 80 per cent of its mean annual rainfall, Eleusis, fifteen miles or so north-west, was having an average year; five years previously Eleusis had had only 83 per cent of its mean annual rainfall when Athens had 114 per cent of its average precipitation. Since such variations meant, in effect, that one place could support a wheat crop while in the other wheat, and even barley, had its yield restricted by lack of water, these bald statistics have a real importance for the local community.

Such extensive agricultural regimes were familiar in Roman antiquity, and the production figures preserved in Roman agricultural writers seem generally to refer to such regimes. But even in the Roman period it is clear that this was not the only pattern of exploitation, and in archaic Greece extensive agriculture was probably the exception rather than the rule. For much of the period covered by this book the population density was not great, the landscape not fully exploited, and land-holdings probably more concentrated.

The 27 s e t t i n g t h e s ta g e labour demands of these new crops, like the labour demands of the labourintensive, and relatively unmarketable, pulse crops, tend to come at different times in the year from those of the traditional triad of cereals, vines, and olives. They thus enable the extensive farmer to use labour power as efficiently as the intensive farmer. The growing environmental fitness of traditional crops has improved their reliability, as well as increased their productivity. This is significant because the farmer, and particularly the farmer who is not heavily invested in cash crops, needs always to plan for the worst.

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