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Armistead Maupin Abandons San Francisco for Santa Fe

According to the Real Estalker blog Army has put his 1,600 square foot, 1906 Edwardian cottage on the market for $1.2M and is moving with his husbear-husband Chris Turner to Santa Fe. From the article I learned that Turner had sold his sex site Daddy Hunt. Armistead is only 68 - I thought he was much older. How can he leave SF after so many years there and his identification with Bagdad-by-the-Bay? I hope he's OK health-wise; he has been enormously fat for years and that can't be good for you. The blog said he is writing another book.

Here's something I found via a link in the article:

Armistead Maupin, who on Thursday will be honored with a Silver Cable Card award from San Francisco Travel, leaves town the next day as step one of a move to Santa Fe. Maupin, husband Christopher Turner and their Labradoodle, are driving cross-country to Provincetown, Mass., where they'll spend a chunk of summer, before returning west for a stop at Burning Man before winding up in New Mexico, where they plan to re-settle.

The re-location has "been percolating for a while," he said by phone Monday. Santa Fe "has a different magic from San Francisco, but it has magic, and I need an autumnal adventure." Turner, in the background, wisecracked that the move reflects Maupin's "retirement and my mid-life crisis." But "retirement" isn't really accurate because the author is working on a new "Tales" book, "The Days of Anna Madrigal." He'll be giving a series of readings while they drive cross-country on what they call "the Madrigal Mystery Tour."

The move is "nothing I'm taking lightly," says Maupin. "It's been 41 years since I landed here and it gave me my story. ... I keep reminding myself that Barbary Lane is portable and everything I learned here became part of me and is something I'll always have."

He and Turner are "both craving a little more space and some nature," he said, and the move is "giving us new dreams. There's nothing wrong with that."

by Anonymousreply 11908/30/2013

Hopefully the move will shape the new book. I love the Tales novels, but the abundance of brand name mentions and place names became irritating in "Mary Ann in Autumn".

Also, he pretty much HAS to be killing off Madrigal, doesn't he?

by Anonymousreply 207/23/2012

He's still writing those tired books? And people are buying them?

by Anonymousreply 307/23/2012

He and Turner have already left SF and have arrived in Santa Fe. He looks terrible in those pictures, but it's just the ravages of time which catch up with us all.

by Anonymousreply 407/23/2012

He is 68. That is dead, buried and forgotten in San Francisco years.

by Anonymousreply 507/23/2012

Does anyone know him? Why did he do this? Is he alright?

by Anonymousreply 607/23/2012

Wet, cool weather is tough on old joints. I can understand the move at his age.

by Anonymousreply 707/23/2012

He has arthritis and cannot stand the cold damp SF weather any longer.

by Anonymousreply 807/23/2012

p.s. If one has a clip from back when his career was beginning his stated birthdate would make him 73 not 68. It changed over the years.

by Anonymousreply 907/23/2012

Not where I'd want to live in San Francisco, and not my style of house, but it's quite a nice place, especially the setting and views.

Listing at link:

by Anonymousreply 1007/23/2012

R8 - is that true?

by Anonymousreply 1107/23/2012

I like him and love his books. A SF treasure. Sad to see him go but after 41 years, he's paid his dues and time to start a new chapter. I wish him well.

by Anonymousreply 1207/23/2012

Those stairs could be terrible to get up and down. I had arthritis bad, but I lost a lot of weight and it seemed to go away. I have had no trouble in the last year.

by Anonymousreply 1307/23/2012

Yes it is true R11. Arthritis is very painful and he can take it no longer.

by Anonymousreply 1407/23/2012

I knew him well for a couple of years in San Francisco in the late 1970's. Our friendship ended suddenly, one day he stopped talking to me and I never heard from him again. I've written him a few times over the years, but I never get an answer. Other han being dropped as a friend, I have nothing but good memories; in my mind he is always handsome, young and funny as he was when I knew him. It was easy to fall in love with him then.

The link to those pictures made me feel very old - I am ten years younger than he is. It is hard to believe it was so long ago. There are many people who post in here who must be feeling the same. There must be a few who were there, too.

by Anonymousreply 1507/23/2012

He's going to Burning Man? Yikes, talk about someting that's hard on one's system.

by Anonymousreply 1607/23/2012

He goes to ogle the naked guys. He lives in a comfortable trailer with everything in it ...burning man is no hardship for him.

by Anonymousreply 1707/23/2012

He's a big fat man, isn't he? Roomy.

by Anonymousreply 1807/23/2012

Chris Turner will have fun finding new models for Pantheon Bear & HotOlderMale.com

95% of the 'new models' at both sites are repellent and interchangeable.

by Anonymousreply 1907/23/2012

He told stories of gay men and lesbians at a time when being gay was shameful and only talked about in hushed voices.

I remember reading his column outloud in the breakroom at work. Those I worked with gained a greater appreciaton of our lives because of his stories. We weren't those scary people church folk were obsessed about. I even entered the Sunday night End-Up jockstrap contest and breathlessly shared the results the next day at work to a very non-judgemental response.

And who could forget Rock Hudson being outed. The very first blind item.

by Anonymousreply 2007/23/2012

Armistead Jones Maupin Jr. b. 13 May 1944 and graduated UNC Chapel Hill in 1966.

He's 68.

by Anonymousreply 2107/23/2012

Of all the men he met and had sex with in his life and he ends up with someone who runs two trashy porn sites. That says it all about the gay community.

by Anonymousreply 2207/23/2012

What's wrong with running porn sites?

by Anonymousreply 2307/23/2012

R22 he was an assistant to Jesse Helms. If you try to make him into something he was not, a true gay leader, then you were are starting from a bad place.

by Anonymousreply 2407/23/2012

It took him 41 years to sleep with all the men in San Francisco, but now that he has, he has to move on.

by Anonymousreply 2507/23/2012

Shouldn't his SF house be worth a lot more money than that? From the pics, it looks like he's giving that house away.

by Anonymousreply 2607/23/2012

It is actually a pretty high asking amount for that house. He will probably get close to a million in actual sale.

by Anonymousreply 2707/23/2012

I have always assumed that Chris was some sort of consort for Maupin, since they had an open relationship from the beginning and Chris has been playing non-stop on the side. I am sure Maupin knows it and accepts it. One can imagine it has been a long time since poor Maupin has had sex with anyone. He pays the bills, Chris has all the fun and Maupin lives on his past. That's what happens.

by Anonymousreply 2807/23/2012

Maupin probably paid cash for that house when he bought it as a nest egg. For some reason they now realize they have to cash out and move someplace cheaper. His husband is some sort of shaman so it makes sense they would go to Santa Fe. I'll bet it's the husband who has been pushing them to move it says it was his mid-life crisis that was driving this. Why would Maupin be so passive about it. In San Francisco he is important and a symbol of the City, in Santa Fe he'll just be an old man who used to write books.

by Anonymousreply 2907/23/2012

He's leaving that house because it's way up on a hill in a damp, windy neighborhood, and has too many stairs to climb. That's the trade off for the great views. Houses here with shingle siding are leaky and a bitch to maintain. I have one.

When I was at UCSF, I used to park on that block and walk the rest of the way. I was in my 20's. Can't imagine doing that now at age 50! Way too steep to walk back from Cole Valley or the N-Judah for a heavy older man with arthritis.

Nevertheless, the listing price seems low. Given that the place is being marketed with pics of Cole Valley and GG Park which is a long hike from this house, I wonder if they're trying to attract out of towners to elicit a bidding war?

by Anonymousreply 3007/23/2012

They need to make another TV Tales. But with Marcus D'Amico instead of that other guy.

by Anonymousreply 3107/23/2012

R29 if you read the GD fucking thread you would know the answer. Maupin decided to move.

by Anonymousreply 3207/23/2012

When you get old you want to look at landscape. It's calming.

By the time you're an old fart you're worn down by people--their bodies start to look more primate, sweaty, and germ-infested. Food bags, as Bourdain calls humanity.

by Anonymousreply 3307/23/2012

Totally disagree with r27. Views, views, views. And in a very desirable, low-crime hood. I have a much smaller place, not as charming, NO garage, somewhat lesser neighborhood, and would list it at 700K. The market is hot now. Bet his sells for more.

by Anonymousreply 3407/23/2012

R15, I can relate to what you are saying. Though I was never a friend of his, I lived in S.F. during the 70's and 80's and he and I often frequented the same restaurants and bars. Castro Street used to have an annual Dog Show and both he and I (or, rather, our dogs) placed in the finals one year and spoke a bit to one another.

But the thing is, I agree that it hardly seems possible that it was that long ago. Seems like only yesterday in many respects and, though I have aged better than Armistad, the pics of him make me feel very old indeed. I am just happy that I was of that generation, despite the horrors we went through in the 80's with AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 3507/23/2012

Let's hope he gets top dollar because let's face it, Chris is going to be expensive! Maupin is really pushing the sale on his Facebook fan page. I wonder how many people might want to pay an extra $100K to say they live in the Maupin house. Get as much as you can - you deserve it!

by Anonymousreply 3607/23/2012

[quote]Maupin probably paid cash for that house when he bought it as a nest egg. For some reason they now realize they have to cash out and move someplace cheaper.

There are more than six million copies of the "Tales of the City" books around and has had other successes besides. The value of the house is modest relative to his income over a long career. I suspect he bought the place, as most people do, as a home, not as a retirement nest egg, and doubt he's so hard-pressed that he has to sell a modest house to economize. If it were a house worth many millions, sure, that would be a possibility, but not a probability for a $1M house.

by Anonymousreply 3707/23/2012

It's because the big one's coming.

by Anonymousreply 3807/23/2012

Me too, r35. I'm "only" 50 and didn't become sexually active until 1980 but grew up here, so I at least got to watch the happenings of the 70's. It doesn't seem that long ago. Time flies... just glad to be alive.

by Anonymousreply 3907/23/2012

BTW, wouldn't want to live here in my retirement years. Can totally imagine living in a place and fewer people like Santa Fe with more space and four "real" seasons. Maybe even a POOL!

by Anonymousreply 4007/23/2012

[quote]He's leaving that house because it's way up on a hill in a damp, windy neighborhood

Is there really that much difference in climate between SF neighborhoods? SF isn't that big of a city.

I would buy his house in a heartbeat if I lived in SF. The only thing that would worry me is the shingle siding--I wonder how often it would have to be stained? Are shingle houses especially leaky?

I think the stairs and all the outdoor areas are charming.

by Anonymousreply 4107/23/2012

Yes R41 there is a huge difference. It is called microclimates.

by Anonymousreply 4207/23/2012

[quote]He's still writing those tired books? And people are buying them?

No, Rose, he stopped writing when he died two weeks ago. Nobody has bought his books for two years.

by Anonymousreply 4307/23/2012

Santa Fe is NOT a good city to move to if you're a younger gay man. There's only one gay bar and it's an incredibly lowkey eldergay piano bar. But maybe that's what Maupin wants.

by Anonymousreply 4407/23/2012

I looked at Santa Fe with Google streetview and what a dump!

by Anonymousreply 4507/23/2012

R35 - I forgot about the Castro Dog Show! I lived in San Francisco from 1975 until 1992. I started out at 21st and Guerrero Streets so I could walk to the Castro. From there I went to Oak Street near Alamo Square, Taraval Street, then Monterrey Blvd and finally Glen Park. Knowing Maupin I was surprised he never got sick, he was a wild one, who could blame him, he was famous and handsome. I met lots of interesting people through him - I missed out on Rock Hudson in LA, though he asked to come once. he'd drag me around with him (what a lucky thing to have happen). Then I was hugely stupid and unsophisticated, a big blond lug. I knew nothing about sex really and he loved to shock me. I had a huge crush on him, but you could not pin that guy down. He had a number of BFs over the time I knew him. People used to flock to him at the time famous and nearly famous. Perhaps he got bored with my naivety. It was fun to talk to him about what he was writing and see it come out in the paper. I always hoped I was some inspiration, but I am sure I wasn't. The last time I saw him he was living in the Castro.

I had come to San Francisco a couple of times before I emigrated, so I had friends to put me up. I was sort of an A gay ornament for a while. I got into a relationship for a long time, which is what must have saved me. Almost all of my friends in that died.

by Anonymousreply 4607/23/2012

R46 famous yes. Handsome NEVER.

by Anonymousreply 4707/23/2012

r46, Howdy, Glen Park neighbor!!! Have live here forever. I wonder if we know each other?

by Anonymousreply 4807/23/2012

What was it like living in SF in the 70s and early 80s--the "Tales of the City" era? It imagine it being extremely wild and sexual, with orgies every night of the week. Is that accurate?

I also imagine it being a very dangerous time with the Zodiac killer on the loose. Were there lots of murders and crime during that era?

Was SF as expensive back then to live in as it is today?

Was SF a lot gayer, in terms of gay population, back then? I've been told by some old-timers that the SF gay population was pretty much wiped out by AIDS in the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 4907/23/2012

1)Yes, but weren't most gay communities anywhere like that back then?

2)Yes, and there still are, just like in any major U.S. city.

3)Absolutely not. Former run down neighborhoods filled with run-down Victorians - like the one my parents abandoned during the nation's 'white flight' to the 'burbs. Neighborhoods like the Castro, Haight, and Upper Fillmore were renovated and gentrified largely by The Gays as the Financial District job market boomed. The City became a much more desirable place to live... and prices rose.

4)I don't know, but doubt it. AIDS decimated a generation of gays in SF and for awhile seemed to 'wipe out' publicly visible gay culture for a decade. Things quieted down as we cared for each other. Straights moved in to places like the Castro, seemingly diluting the 'gayness'. New gays move to town every day. Meanwhile some gays moved out to the 'straight' neighborhoods seeking more affordable housing, making every SF neighborhood gayer.

5)You are very naive and your friend is simply ignorant.

by Anonymousreply 5007/23/2012

Not familiar with all the SF neighborhoods except the major ones (Haight,Castro,Pacific Heights,etc...)

What major neighborhood is this house closest too ?

by Anonymousreply 5107/24/2012

Is Armistead Maupin the worst name of all time? I think it is and I hate this guy just for the name alone.

by Anonymousreply 5207/24/2012

r51, he's very close to the Upper Haight.

Anybody else here from Miraloma Park by the way? I bought a house here in December and was really surprised by the number of gays living in the neighborhood. My realtor calls it Mirahomo.

by Anonymousreply 5307/24/2012

I think I recognize the interiors of the house from some of the porn videos

by Anonymousreply 5407/24/2012

Do many gays live in Sausalito or Marin City? Are the home prices more reasonable in these towns?

by Anonymousreply 5507/24/2012

I was more interested to hear that having sold his Italian dream villa, Gore Vidal is now selling his Hollywood Hills house.

Is he moving into care? He looks in a bad way.

by Anonymousreply 5607/24/2012

What's Santa Fe like? I imagine a dusty nowheresville with artistic pretensions that's 1,000 degrees F in summer inhabited by solar-grizzled Nan Michiganwomyn wearing lots of turquoise and beaten silver jewellery and stone-washed denim.

by Anonymousreply 5707/24/2012

Where'd you emigrate to R46? And why?

by Anonymousreply 5807/24/2012

Dopes this mean there shall be an end to the relentless oft-repeated "tributes" to his literary legacy?

by Anonymousreply 5907/24/2012

Looks like his house went for 37% over asking.

by Anonymousreply 6008/31/2012

r50 and r35, what was it like living in San Francisco when the Castro was a sort of Gay Camelot, if you will?

I just moved here a little over a year ago, but as a young thirty-something who was expecting the Castro to be a gay Mecca, an enclave, I was disappointed to find it more or less to be a gay-friendly version of an open-air shopping mall. It doesn't have that sense of community I was hoping to find.

I'm sure the proliferation of communications worldwide has kind of fostered that since community is where you find it now, and not exclusively confined to enclaves like the Castro, WeHo, Chelsea, Boystown, etc, but it still seems like it should be...for lack of a better word, "more".

I've gone on a whole Castro history kick lately, and it's incredible how much of the American gay movement originates in those few square blocks, much of it lost on my generation. I feel like it's almost our duty to preserve it for future generations in the name of those who fought so hard to create it and are no longer with us.

Some say there's no real need for enclaves now with community everywhere, but I say as long as kids are being bullied for being gay or our brethren in Middle America are killing themselves because of who they are, there will be a need for places like the Castro.

Unfortunately, I think the neighborhood has completely priced out the young creatives who would be driving the cultural development of the Castro. As I walk through the neighborhood, which is a shell of what it used to be, I can only imagine what it was like to be here then, when the streets were ten-deep with people at any given time.

For those of you who were here, what was it like?

by Anonymousreply 6108/31/2012

Armistead Maupin died back in the early 90s.

by Anonymousreply 6301/05/2013

No he didn't.

by Anonymousreply 6401/06/2013

His San Francisco house was very tasteful - definitely one of our tasteful friends.

by Anonymousreply 6501/06/2013

There was a documentary made on the Castro back in the late 90s. It showed how the neighborhood morph into the gentrified enclave it is today, and how even then the younger kids could not relate to the area as a mecca because they saw it as just a place filled with rich old white guys.

Around the same time, AM was interviewed about the neighborhood and he too felt the loss, but even in the late 80s, Vitto Russo noted what killed a lot of gay creativity and political development was just the old American need to start a small business. So what we see in the Castro today stems not from a gay sensibility, but from an American one.

by Anonymousreply 6601/06/2013

I moved to San Francisco in 1978 and never really felt as if I belonged to the Castro. Instead of being inclusive it was like a return to high school where I needed to worry about having the right hair cut and right clothes. It was hardly a community even then. More of a great place to meet sex partners at 2:15AM in front of Toad Hall. It is and was what it always was. A street with shops on it. No real reason to feel romantic about the place but it didn't have horns either.

by Anonymousreply 6701/06/2013

Any word how life is working out for AM in New Mexico?

by Anonymousreply 6801/06/2013

This shows that he is truly an older retired lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 6901/06/2013

I thought all lesbians retired to Berkeley.

by Anonymousreply 7001/06/2013

He's a nasty old cunt in person. If you aren't 22 and a muscle boy, he has no time for you. I've met some famous folks and AM's attitude is far bigger than his fame. Miss Maupin thinks he's God's gift to literature and that his shit doesn't stink.

He's no grand novelist. What he is, frankly, is a decent soap opera writer. The Tales Of The City story was originally written as a serial for the SF Chronicle. And that's what he does best, soapy melodrama. Good eye for characters, though - at least the originals.

by Anonymousreply 7101/06/2013

Well, in many ways he was the last famous person living in San Francisco. Why is that?

by Anonymousreply 7201/06/2013

I would never say Maupin is "abandoning" SF. Sometimes you just need a change. Pure and simple. Change can be good for the soul.

I lived in Atlanta for 45 years and long thought I would never leave there. I loved Atlanta so much. But some changes conspired to make me need to move to the northeast, and now I love the northeast. That doesn't mean that I "abandoned" Atlanta or don't love it. You can love any place, really. And starting a new adventure in the northeastern US has been damn good for my soul.

by Anonymousreply 7301/06/2013

He got very lucky with the first installment and later with the casting of Laura Linney. Though amusing, the material is pretty thin. The recent musical was, well, taxing. I wonder if ACT will have another go at it.

by Anonymousreply 7401/06/2013

The "return" novels were horrible -- except for the tiny little turns that made the first books a delight

by Anonymousreply 7501/06/2013

My best friend has always said that my home and the collection of colorful people I collect reminds her of Anna Madrigal and I take that as a high compliment.

by Anonymousreply 7601/06/2013

I loved Anna. She made the stories for me, and any TOTC story was instantly better for her presence.

by Anonymousreply 7701/06/2013

Chris featured a handful of hot daddies on his two sites when he started them, but it's been years since he's had any attractive men.

Every so often Allan Silver will make a guest appearance, but mostly Chris's stable of performers are skanky wasted lookalike street trash.

by Anonymousreply 7801/06/2013

As a San Franciscan I can understand wanting to get out of the city, especially if you have arthritis. It is cold and damp here. I keep thinking about moving to LA.

Met Armistead numerous times and Christopher, too. Armistead was always nice and Christopher is a complete doll and a heck of a guy. In fact I ran into them when I was in Athens and it was my "Tales" moment when two people from the hood ran into each other across the world.

Of course they have an open relationship, but it is agreed upon and mutual satisfying to each. That is pretty much the norm in San Francisco for better or worse.

by Anonymousreply 7901/06/2013

Eldergays unite!

Seriously, though, you'd have to be in an open relationship to be with Armistead Maupin. I've heard he's a monster.

by Anonymousreply 8001/06/2013

[qupte] Of course they have an open relationship, but it is agreed upon and mutual satisfying to each. That is pretty much the norm in San Francisco for better or worse.

De rigeur for the over 40 set and most of the "bear" set too. It's middle aged men trying to reclaim their youth.

These are the same bitches who sneer and roll their eyes at "circuit parties" but then go to bear runs, Blowoffs and Saugatuck/Provincetown and do the SAME. DAMN. THING.

by Anonymousreply 8101/06/2013

[quote] I would never say Maupin is "abandoning" SF. Sometimes you just need a change.

I think Miss Maupin left SF because she's fucked every possible man in SF who was or will ever be interested in her.

Time for fresh meat! Mama's mussy is hongry!

by Anonymousreply 8201/06/2013

No one finds you interesting BabyGay, we keep you around if you are interesting to look at, but we don't find anything you have to say interesting and all roll our eyes as you try to be important or intelligent.

by Anonymousreply 8301/06/2013

Even when I was a kid(I'm 41)San Francisco always seemed like it was meant only for rich white men, like it was an exclusive club the plain and the poor(sadly I'm both)would never be allowed into.

by Anonymousreply 8401/06/2013

That was amusingly weak, R83. Punctuate that statement properly, push your anus back into its cavity, and we'll get back to you.

by Anonymousreply 8501/06/2013

[quote]As a San Franciscan I can understand wanting to get out of the city, especially if you have arthritis. It is cold and damp here.

Santa Fe is covered in snow for much of the winter, so I don't see how that's going to help his arthritis any.

Santa Fe also has zero gay scene, so I can't imagine how two guys who are used to a very active gay scene are going to adjust to that. Maybe they expect to travel a lot to offset the boredom that is New Mexico. Maupin's marauding days are behind him, but the bf will die of boredom after a couple years.

by Anonymousreply 8601/06/2013

It isn't so much that AM is a monster but instead that Am has a monster. Am I the only one here who has seen it? He sure is a member of the big boy club.

by Anonymousreply 8701/06/2013

[quote]Even when I was a kid(I'm 41)San Francisco always seemed like it was meant only for rich white men, like it was an exclusive club the plain and the poor(sadly I'm both)would never be allowed into.

Maupin represented the two gay societies in his books and mini-series. Paul Bartel played the head of the rich gay cartel in SF, while Marcus D'Amico represented the poor, hot, gay faction of the city. Billy Campbell's character was caught between the two.

by Anonymousreply 8801/06/2013

I'm kind of excited for his next book, except for the knowledge that Jake Greenleaf is in it again.

by Anonymousreply 8901/06/2013

[quote] It isn't so much that AM is a monster but instead that Am has a monster. Am I the only one here who has seen it? He sure is a member of the big boy club.

Huh? That's a new one on me.

by Anonymousreply 9001/06/2013

[quote] I thought all lesbians retired to Berkeley.

Sounds unlikely. What do you base your comment on?

by Anonymousreply 9101/06/2013

AM includes transgendered people in our tribe, even though many do not like us.

by Anonymousreply 9201/06/2013

WHET Terry Anderson? Did he go Tom Robinson on us?

by Anonymousreply 9301/06/2013

This thread has got me thinking. Wouldn't everyone who lives in San francisco like to leave? I stayed for years hoping at some point it would pay off but it never did. Even Bangkok was a step up.

by Anonymousreply 9401/06/2013

No city is what it used to be, but SF is the prime example of what happened to all of our favorite places.

by Anonymousreply 9501/06/2013

Don't tell me I am the only one this thread who has seen AM's penis. The man got around. Now, this all happened back in the dark ages so perhaps it has gotten a little hidden in all the flab but let me tell you...it was big.

by Anonymousreply 9601/06/2013

He told us about it in an early TOTC book, r96.

by Anonymousreply 9701/06/2013

He did? Which one?

by Anonymousreply 9801/06/2013

I think the first one when he complained he was the target only of size queens and couldn't find true love.

by Anonymousreply 9901/06/2013

I am not so sure too many people would target him or it. Most smart people ran. Really, it is in the 1% of big.

by Anonymousreply 10001/06/2013

Maupin is pretty much a star-f***er, read his Facebook it is all about Laura Linney. Surprised he left SF where he is a big fish in a small pond

by Anonymousreply 10101/06/2013

What an odd decision to move, unless it is not just the Castro, but the whole city that now disappoints.

He'd never admit it, though.

I remember when he moved to New Zealand and was soon back. He won't be able to do that if he sells the house.

by Anonymousreply 10201/06/2013

He left because of the high taxes which are getting worse. Over the next year, watch the exodus

by Anonymousreply 10301/06/2013

What could be in Santa Fe?

by Anonymousreply 10401/06/2013

Goodness, could R96 be any more transparent? Hi, Armistead!

by Anonymousreply 10501/07/2013

Santa Fe is a relaxing place to own a second home, but I would die of boredom living there year round. Most of the celebrities who have bought homes there end up selling them after a few years.

by Anonymousreply 10601/07/2013

Mary Ann in Autumn or whatever it was titled was pretty bad. I bought it and read it out of a sense of loyalty. Bought a first edition at a gay second hand book sale, soon after it came out, which meant someone else had bought, read it or not, and then quickly donated it. What struck me, other than the contrived nature of the narrative, which of course all of his Tales of the City stories have but which one forgives for the characters, is that he just doesn't "get it" anymore. I read the old stories when they came out, I'm slightly younger than Armistead, and did not live in SF (New Yorker) but spent, and still spend, lots of time flying back and forth, so I sorta had a sense of the city then, and certainly knew that gay culture. That's why I'm loyal. And I do have younger gay friends, and the characters in this book don't sound anything like them. They are weird, distant, characters. Three things missing probably 1. the drug and alcohol abuse present among younger gays 2. their attempts at recovery in AA and CMA, and 3. their difference, their lack of much of internalized homophobia which we had, and sense that they should by rights be treated equality and their sense that they are making something new. His young characters are insecure and needing of advice and assistance from the old and the drugs are just not present. Anyone who has spent any time in SF in the last few years knows that's not true. Not judging, just describing.

by Anonymousreply 10701/08/2013

Has anyone heard how life turned out in Santa Fe for Armistead? I was just offered an opportunity to move there but know so little about the place.

by Anonymousreply 10808/26/2013

He's staring at lizards, and cactus, as I write. He'll be back in SF in 2-3 years. Other than warmer weather, Santa Fe is a ghost town, next to SF. Never should have sold his longtime house - the sticker shock will amaze him when he moves back.

by Anonymousreply 10908/26/2013

That doesn't sound too promising. I have an opportunity to move there soon but do wonder what it is like. I did live in SF for a long time as well and remember Armistead.

by Anonymousreply 11008/26/2013

He wins the "shallowest reason you ever broke up with someone award"

by Anonymousreply 11108/28/2013

I have several friends who used to have vacation homes in Santa Fe, but they sold them after a few years. They said it was too boring a place for even for a vacation home. I can't imagine anyone under 50 wanting to live there full-time.

by Anonymousreply 11208/28/2013

He's too old and he smoked for a long time didn't he? He won't be able to breathe.

by Anonymousreply 11308/29/2013

No one is seeming very encouraging about Sante Fe. Maybe I should rethink my decision about moving there.

by Anonymousreply 11408/29/2013

I've been to Santa Fe a couple times. The altitude really bothered me during a short stay, but I suppose most people get used to it. I was there in late spring and froze my ass off too. Very limited nightlife. I think it's really better suited as a vacation destination.

by Anonymousreply 11508/29/2013

There doesn't seem to be any big fans of Sante Fe out there. Maybe I had better not move there.

by Anonymousreply 11608/30/2013

Maybe he doesn't want a "big gay scene." Maybe a sleepy restful town is what he seeks at his age.

by Anonymousreply 11708/30/2013

This happens to a lot of people who get charmed by an area while on vacation. Once they live there they see it for what it really is: provincial, boring. lacking in culture, entertainment and good restaurants, slow paced, natives who are uneducated, unwelcoming and bigoted.

by Anonymousreply 11808/30/2013

Is there any gossip on how he is doing in Sante Fe? I am really curious how any of us go from a large city to living in a smaller town.

by Anonymousreply 11908/30/2013
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