Category Archives: Memoir


Prince, Todd, RuPaul, & Me

Prince and I did not get off, so to speak, on the good foot. While he would ultimately influence me ā€“ both personally and musically ā€“ as much as Bowie or the Beatles (my Trinity), his presence initially challenged the most important friendship of my life. Then, it cemented that friendship, and led to funk nā€™ roll adventures alongside a superstar-in-exile named RuPaul. Continue reading

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Talking Trees

What can a series of ancient trees, stripped bare before their spring flowering disguises them, tell us about themselves — and ourselves?

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Dirt Cookies: The Less-Than-Sexy Side of Conflict Reporting

Conflict journalist Carmen Gentile gives an irreverent look at “war-zoney” reporting in Afghanistan.

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Hard To Get Over Lonely People

All these overlooked lives: are they the symptom or the antidote for that feeling you can’t constrain?

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The Jennifers, gig ticket, Forest Hill Village Hall, Oxfordshire 1989

How I Became Pretentious

Why should you and I should be more pretentious? In his soon-to-be released book-length essay, PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS (see raves here in the Economist, the Guardian, the Spectator and even Vice), Dan Fox defends it beautifully. “Pretension is permission … Continue reading

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Welcome Thieves: An Appreciation

Our own Robert Burke Warren waxes on about Sean Beaudoin’s stellar, rockin’ Welcome Thieves.

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Girls Gone Old

“I chose to incorporate my physicality and sexuality into my identity as a writer. I liked the attention, but I also hoped in some ways that it would work as a leveler.”

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So Many Highways

I set out on the road wanting to discover who shot my mother when she was seventeen ā€” from a forthcoming memoir by Darlin’ Neal.

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The Hippie Angel

Robert Burke Warren’s Yuletide of death, porn, and a hippie angel.

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