Confessions of an Attention Whore: PLEASE READ THIS!

Confessions of an Attention Whore: PLEASE READ THIS!

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | I’ve always had a complex love/hate relationship with the art of attention-seeking. As a shy child, I always craved the spotlight, but since I was conditioned to feel unworthy of it, I got nervous about success and sometimes sabotaged my chances to seize it. My familiar pattern is that I’m dying […]

The 150 Best New Drag Names: Try One On!

The 150 Best New Drag Names: Try One On!

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | I love a good drag name because it not only encompasses clever wordplay, but it can also be refreshingly incorrect, because it’s only a name, after all, and drag queens are supposed to shake up societal norms. I’ve written for years about the best drag names, and now I’ve dreamed up […]

On Pandemic Pause, Cox & Piers Pivot to a ‘Better’ Place

On Pandemic Pause, Cox & Piers Pivot to a ‘Better’ Place

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The mirror has four faces—in front of it, that is, as two maskless BFFs breeze through an ask-me-anything exchange with a worldwide audience, while gazing into a reflective surface as they apply the makeup that transforms them into NYC-based drag queens Jackie Cox and Chelsea Piers. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, the frequently-tested-for-COVID-19 bubblemates […]

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The Horror of Job Searching at Age 64

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The Horror of Job Searching at Age 64

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | A compulsive workaholic, I’ve had jobs pretty nonstop since the 1970s. After graduating college, I had office gigs while freelancing on the side and eventually became a successful full-time writer. In 1984, I landed a column in the Village Voice, which lasted 28 and a half years. And that was hardly […]

My Ghosts, My Specters

My Ghosts, My Specters

BY GERALD BUSBY | It wasn’t quite Halloween when I moved into the Chelsea Hotel, late September 1977, but ghostly fun—which is what I’d call my early days at 222 West 23rd Street—started in right away. I had just returned from working with Robert Altman on the movie A Wedding, shot in and near Chicago, and […]

All-Star ‘Boys in the Band’ Arrives On Netflix! Oh, Mary!

All-Star ‘Boys in the Band’ Arrives On Netflix! Oh, Mary!

REVIEW BY MICHAEL MUSTO | Mart Crowley’s landmark 1968 play The Boys in the Band brought a group of gay friends together for a bitchy and fun NYC birthday party, which is rocked when an unexpected visitor arrives after having had some kind of flareup with his wife. That the visitor turns out to be […]

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