Isherwood and Bachardy, love letters as podcast

(K. Brent Tomer),

IN A crisp white shirt Christopher Isherwood, by then a famous writer in his sixties, stares across at his lover Don Bachardy, an artist thirty years his junior, in their house in Santa Monica. It is 1968, a year before the Stonewall riots in New York sparked the gay-rights movement across America. The double portrait of the two together in their living room, painted by the then-unknown British artist David Hockney, would go on to become known by many as the image of “the first gay couple” (Armistead Maupin). Yet, as “The Animals”, an 11-part podcast based on 250 letters between the two me, reveals, at the time the portrait was painted their ten-year relationship looked likely to crumble.

It did not; instead, the pair stayed together for three decades, until Isherwood’s death. Yet the partnership between Isherwood, whose “Berlin Stories” were adapted into the musical “Cabaret”, and Mr Bachardy, a portrait artist, was at times fraught, often intense, and frequently involved many other lovers. The letters between them,…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Isherwood and Bachardy, love letters as podcast

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