All I want is you

A thing I learned yesterday is that Contra dance (folksy group dancing) is very big amongst the Brooklyn queer scene. It is apparently very wholesome. There’s a band with a fiddle. A caller to direct the dancers. And people lined up to twirl around and stop in unison. Someone recently was explaining the goings on […]

Lucky star

Just got home and now I will catalogue my embarassment of riches for the evening: I met Rafael at the gallery he works at on the LES. It’s called Marc Straus after the owner. The gallery was closed and Rafael had work to do so I got a private view of all four floors. It’s […]

All my friends

All my friends are like: “Have you seen Raven Part 4? It’s based on the Cartouche series that came out originally in black and white and just got reissued with holographic ink?” Or “Have you played the new Aggretsuko video game where you have to sing karaoke death metal to save the planet?” Or “Have […]

Topol and Tradition

Topol was Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof when Jackie Scott took a bunch of gifted Mexican border kids to NYC in 1990. At the time I couldn’t draw parallels, but I can now. We weren’t oppressed Mexican minority kids living in some white majority culture. We *were* the hyper majority in our hometown. Like […]

War time consigliere

Maybe there is no despair in promises unkept. Maybe the words spoken into the world act like a bridge over an impassable ravine. And once passed, they have served their purpose. The magic of a promise is in the pact of envisioning a mutual future in which it can be fulfilled. Together we knit stitches […]