My father called to tell me he was planning to move into a retirement community. Friends told me I was lucky that he’d come to the decision voluntarily, and as the only child of a single, octogenarian dad who lives 700 miles away, I agreed. It would have been looking a gift horse in the mouth to complain about his timing, his announcement coming just as I was starting a contractual obligation that would prevent me from participating in any significant way ... Read More
  Have you ever woken from a dream that was so tangible, the damn thing haunted you for months after? If not, read Kiki Petrosino’s Fort Red Border (Sarabande Books) instead. Her debut collection is, for the most part, comprised of poems about a fantasized affair with actor Robert Redford and all the psychic turmoil that comes with it. Even though the book’s title is an anagram for Redford’s name, these poems aren’t just imaginative ... Read More
You may not know Reggie Watts by name, but there’s a good chance you know his work, or at least recognize his lustrous afro from IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, an absurdist faux late-night show in which Watts is the keyboard-playing sidekick to host Scott Aukerman. “Multifaceted” doesn’t begin to describe the 40-year-old Brooklynite; Watts is a mind-bending comedian who composes electronic tunes on a multi-track recorder while improvising ... Read More
“It’s your favorite number under the O—69!” says Linda Gerard (also known as Linda Fabulous, cause she is) into her head mic, during a recent Saturday evening at her legendary bingo night at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs. I love a dirty joke, especially out of the mouths of senior babes, and the 74-year-old Gerard doles ’em out like my grandma does Werther’s. She also intermittently breaks into song and works the ... Read More
Bianca Venerayan Toronto, Ontario, Canada Student/Designer/Writer Tell me about this outfit. The jacket is courtesy of sugarlips.com; it’s $55. The pants are from Club Monaco seasons ago—they’re pajamas disguised as socially acceptable pants. They were on sale for about $60. The socks are from the men’s section at Uniqlo (four for $10), the shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell ($120 on solestruck.com), and the necklace is from Zara ($30). I think the best ... Read More
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