We all have them: our best "worst" stories.  They're our way of dealing with embarrassment, heartbreak, awkward sexual encounters, bad jobs, or unfortunate haircuts-- not actual tragedies, but anecdotes that reveal the humor in a shitty situation, and get funnier and less painful the more we share them with others. Since I'm a big fan of "best worst" stories, I'll be telling some of mine as the weeks go on-- and encouraging you all to share yours, too, so we ... Read More
  Last Thursday night I stopped by the Soho branch of Toys in Babeland to help my friend Kiki do some holiday shopping, and to mostly lust after the Hitachi Magic Wand. I’m in love. Anyway, while I was browsing, I started talking to a curvy blond girl who worked there, and she gave me the deets for a Babeland event that same night--Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta would be promoting her new line of sex toys with free champagne. She had me at ... Read More
 I'm so sad that the "Barefoot Diva" Cesaria Evora died this weekend. I came across her work 3 years ago, and have been addicted ever since. If you're a stranger to her music, you must check it out--especially "Yamore," a song she recorded with Salif Kaite. Her voice is otherworldly, but I'm also enamored with who she was. Raised in an Orphanage in Cape Verde, she started singing in bars when she was just 16 years old for free booze, and eventually parlayed ... Read More
I adore Christmas music. It’s a good thing I do, since I have ears and I’ve been known to turn on the radio/watch television/enter retail stores in the months of November and December. I love holiday songs of almost every stripe: classic, indie, dog bark-y, the list goes on. There’s just one kind I cannot hang with: “sexy.” Sexy—and I mean “sexy” in quotes, all shiny and red like a maraschino cherry—has an ... Read More
On December 13, 64 people were arrested at a punk show that was raising money for a local orphanage in the Aceh province of Indonesia. Those taken weren’t charged with a crime or brought before a court, but were arrested for having mohawks, tattoos, earrings, and wearing dark clothing. Basically for being “punk.” These men and women, most in their early twenties, were taken to the Aceh State Police School for “reeducation.” The Aceh ... Read More