It’s been an exciting couple of weeks. Last week, I went to the White House for the first time. It was an absolutely amazing experience, as I stood next to the Rose Garden heckler, covered the President’s LGBT Pride Month Reception in the East Room, and even signed my name on FDR’s underground pool beneath the briefing center.

I realized, in retrospect, that I had the only decent audio of heckler Neil Munro. It’s rare I have an exclusive, so here it is:

I’ll be playing it on Tuesday, June 19, when I guest host The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM OutQ 108.

Last night, I delivered my short story “Fried Chicken and Hog Butchering” at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn during “Two Truths and a Lie.” The live story telling event has people tell stories in front of an audience without notes; some are true and some are lies, and the audience has to guess which are which.

For their tenth show, Two Truths took on “The Ten Commandments,” with each story teller riffing on one of the commandments. Mine was “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” and I shared “Fried Chicken and Hog Butchering.” It’s about the time when I gave up vegetarianism and decided that if I wanted to eat meat again, I needed to go to my grandmother’s farm and learn how to butcher animals myself.

Was I lying, or telling the truth? Listen below, and you tell me.


It’s been yet another very full week. I began it by publishing my profile of composer (and East Village Resident) Philip Glass on the cover of The Village Voice (with beautiful artwork by Berlin-based artist Siggi Eggertsson). Then, I followed that up with four articles about Glass on the Voice’s Sound of the City music blog on Glass’s South Park style birthday, the U.S. premiere of his Symphony No. 9,  an interview with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet, and an interview with dj BC on mashing Glass up with the Beastie Boys and the Fugees.

Also, I cruised by the Voice news blog with reports on same-sex marriage in Washington state and some new numbers out regarding marijuana arrests and the NYPD, and I made my debut on the Voice food blog Fork in the Road with a report on being mistaken for a food safety inspector.

And I still feel behind the ball.

I just got home from finally seeing a movie called Michael Fassbender’s Penis. Shame at the Landmark Cinema. Here are some of my thoughts on Shame Michael Fassbender’s penis.

1. When you go up to the ticket taker, don’t say “Hi, I’d like one ticket to see Michael Fassbender’s penis,” even though every fiber of your being is screaming at you to do so because well, let’s face it, that’s why you’re there. I made the mistake of saying this. (Actually, that’s just a joke. I said, “I’d like one to Shame.” But then I was taken aback when the ticket lady started wanting to talk to me about Murakami’s 1Q84, which I had in my hand.

2. I was surprised at how many straight couples who looked like they were on dates. Still, hallfway through the trailers, someone in the audience yelled,  “Hurry up and show us the penis!” (This is not a joke.) [click to continue…]

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

January 16, 2012

httpv://  Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was able to observe what would have been his 83rd birthday in two ways that helped me feel connected to his spirit (and to the spirit of the two people who taught me most about what he stood for, my mother and father). First, I wrote a piece at the Voice about how I think MLK would have stood with many of the people we profiled in the list of the “100 Most Powerless New Yorkers.” Later this morning, I had the honor of appearing on the Brian Lehrer Show’s MLK day broadcast on WNYC and talking and power and powerlessness in our city.

Check out my magnum opus at the Village Voice.

I’ve had a busy week at the Voice. I wrote this week’s cover story about Dan Halloran, the conservative Republican New York City councilman from Queens who is also “America’s Top Heathen.” At the Runnin’ Scared blog, I started out posting my brother James Schmitz’s above video of the one percent questioning if “anybody great” every came out of the 99 percent. Then there’s also interviews with a CUNY grad student on getting arrested for protesting tuition hikes, and a World AIDS Day chat with two blind men living with AIDS about losing their former partners to the disease. And, finally, a gay community center moves into a building named for Ruben Diaz!

This week in the Voice I have two pieces that look at a fascinating question posed by the new book Is Marriage for White People? In the paper, I review the book in “All the Single (Black) Ladies,” and on the Runnin Scared’ blog, I have a Q&A with author Ralph Richard Banks.

Yesterday I chatted with Michelangelo Signorile on his show on SiriusXM 108 about homeless LGBT youth and my recent article on Sylvia’s Place in the New York Times. Here’s our conversation, which starts after about 30 seconds of music.

You can also download the audio and play in itunes by clicking here: 11.08.11 Sylvia’s Place1

Today, the New York Times published my story “A Church. A Shelter. Is It Safe?” on the front page of the Metro section, below the fold.

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