I rarely delve into politics head on in my writing because let’s face it… no one really wins and everyone leaves the room with one less friend depending on the amount of alcohol consumed while doing so. But, this election year many things have irked my ass so here’s to my first (out of possibly many) entries leading up this November.
It seems like forever that religion has played a major role in politics in the U.S. Whether it be a politician swayed in one direction or another due to his feelings of religious conviction or clergymen openly demanding their parishioners vote according to “God’s Law,” I feel it might be about time to begin taxing all religious institutions.
Artwork by Andrew D’Angelo photographed by George Nelken
It’s late August which means that the majority of New Yorkers have fled town to go on family vacations or retreats to clear their heads before Labor Day. It’s quiet; almost too quiet which explains why there has been a slight lack of entertainment and all around good cheer. This past Saturday night I decided to think outside the box when a few friends invited me to a venue called The Spectrum in Brooklyn. They informed me that there was a small cover at the door but it was “B.Y.O.B.” Sounds like a fair trade off. I hopped on the L train to give the place a chance to deliver the goods.
In such a vast and varying city, it’s hard to sift through all the bullshit and have a where-to-go guide that is reliable enough where it isn’t “white washed” or just “plain Jane.” I’ve been going out in New York since I was 17 so naturally I decided (last night) to finally throw together my honest, off-the-cuff thoughts on the gay bars and clubs I’ve attended over the years that still keep going strong for better or worse.
In a career that has shocked and awed fashionistas everywhere, Phillipe and David Blond are no strangers to trying new adventures and going places no other designers have gone before. While most of their work has shown up on countless celebrities and in high-end window displays, they are also known to have designed and decorated more subtle pieces. Presenting the not so subtle redesigning of an American icon: Barbie!