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TARGET: PHILADELPHIA”— A Look at Inequality

“TARGET: PHILADELPHIA”

A Look at Inequality

Amos Lassen

In 1985, the MOVE bombing by Philadelphia police, in which cops killed five black children, we saw the rise of police militarization in the parallel context of black nationalism. “Target Philadelphia” sheds light on structural inequality as it pertains to the African American experience. The film clarifies and contrasts the inherent differences between what is held as the collective American immigrant perception of history with African American history, an inescapably alternative perspective on our nation as a whole that fundamentally questions the veracity of American exceptionalism.

We see the rise of police militarization within the parallel contexts of Black nationalism and the systemic disenfranchisement that brings about movements such as Black Lives Matter. The veracity of American exceptionalism is examined from a targeted perspective. In just 56 minutes, we see “an inflammatory, violent and somewhat forgotten moment in American history.” 

This is a must-see documentary for any advocate of social justice.

 

“The Arrest” by Jonathan Lethem— When It’s Over

Lethem, Jonathan. “The Arrest: A Novel”. Ecco, 2020.

When It’s All Over

Amos Lassen

What happens when all that we have taken for granted no longer works? This is the basic idea behind Jonathan Lethem’s new novel, “The Arrest”. Before the Arrest, Sandy Duplessis had a good life as a screenwriter in Los Angeles.  An old college friend and writing partner, the Peter Todbaum, had become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. But now, post-Arrest, nothing is what it was. Sandy, who calls himself Journeyman, is in rural Maine where he assists the butcher and delivers the food grown by his sister, Maddy, at her organic farm.

Surprisingly, Todbaum shows up in an extraordinary vehicle: a retrofitted tunnel-digger powered by a nuclear reactor. We learn Todbaum has spent the Arrest crossing the fragmented country and has now come back to the brother and sister with unclear motives.  In the world, everything has stopped and even though we do not know why, it is really not important. What is important is that this is not the world we knew. Nonetheless, the past lives in memories even if we do not want it to do so.The timid and introverted Journeyman is always one step behind, and not in control of his own destiny. He has a problem with Peter Todbaum who is bothersome and manipulative with whom h shares a strange relationship. Peter’s presence in the Journeyman’s life threatens to turn his post-apocalyptic paradise into a show.

With Todbaum’s return, we wonder if everything has “re-begun”. He seems to be something of a ticking bomb. We don’t know much more than that something happened to turn off all electrical equipment and break almost all appliances. Sandy Duplessis’s life has changed from being  a script doctor to a butcher’s assistant/delivery person living in his sister’s commune-like town in rural Maine. We move back and forth from his present circumstances to his life in Hollywood working for Peter Todbaum. They began as colleagues but then Peter made it huge and Sandy just worked for him. Now Todbaum shows up in town with a nuclear powered impossible super car and things happen.

Lethem is an amazing character developer. He has created the kind of characters that are unforgettable. He has also created a world that surprisingly, people want to live in even though it is not a happy place.

This is a strange but fascinating read. Whatever happened is of no real importance and we really only care about the thoughts of the characters. The plot moves quickly as we read aboutunbalanced relationships as we await to learn about true intentions and what happens next.

“Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors” by Adrian Goldsworthy— Father and Son

Goldsworthy, Adrian. “Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors”, Basic Books, 2020.

Father and Son

Amos Lassen

 Adrian Goldsworthy’s forthcoming “Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors” is a look at a father and his son. Alexander the Great’s conquests shook the world. His army crossed thousands of miles, from northern Greece to modern Pakistan; he overthrew the greatest empires of his time and he built a new one in their place. He was a leader who led from the front and he was often wounded just as were his soldiers. Alexander claimed to be the son of a god, but he in actuality he was the son of Philip II. Writer Goldsworthy argues that without the work and influence of his father, it is highly doubtful that Alexander would have achieved so much.

When we think of Philip II of Macedon, we think of  an old man, with  one-eye who was lame from wounds. However, Philip was young and inexperienced when he came to power. He inherited a minor kingdom that was on the verge of being taken apart. He succeeded in making Macedonia dominant throughout Greece and e prepared Alexander to lead his army into war against Persia. It was Philip who created the armies that won Alexander’s victories and assured his place in world history.

This is the definitive dual biography of two men who together reshaped the ancient world. It is filled with scholarship, fine prose, deep analyses, and fair assessment. Goldsworthy examines the complex relationship between father and son and how the failure of the Greek city-states to stop them allowed them to continue to gain Macedonian expansion. We become very aware of the megalomania of Alexander’s near global conquests. Philip and Alexander, father and son, changed the world, for both good and bad.

“The Son of Good Fortune” by Lesley Tenorio— Mother, Son and Home

Tenorio, Lysley. “The Son of Good Fortune”, Ecco, 2020.

Mother, Son and Home

Amos Lassen

Lysley Tenorio’s “The Son of Good Fortune” is the story of an undocumented Filipino son as he deals with his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home. Excel tries to be like other

unremarkable American teenagers. When he’s not working at “The Pie Who Loved Me” (a spy-themed pizza shop) or spending time with his girlfriend Sab he carefully avoids the spotlight. Yet he knows that his family is far from normal. His mother, Maxima, had been a Filipina B-movie action star who now makes a living by scamming men online. They live with an old man who is not his grandfather; he had once been Maxima’s lifelong martial arts trainer. Several years ago when Excel turned ten, his mother shared a secret  with him that he must keep forever. “We are ‘TNT’–tago ng tago,” she told him, “hiding and hiding.” In other words, Excel is undocumented and one little mistake could change his life forever.

Deciding not to deal with the paranoia and secrecy of his childhood, Excel joins Sab on a journey to a ramshackle desert town called Hello City. Living there are drifters, old hippies, and discouraged and washed-up techies who all exist outside the normal constructs of American society and Hello City gives Excel a chance to find his own way for the first time. However, after having had to be invisible for so long, he does not know what he wants to become. He does not know if it is possible to put down roots in a country where he has always been considered an outsider.

Excel is unable to forgive his mother for the life she has forced on him and so he escapes to Hello City to live freely. However, a disastrous mistake forces him back into his mother’s house where he must reconcile with the choices she made for his protection.
The tension between Maxine and Excel is felt in their whole relationship because of their status as undocumented residents. Reading about them, at times, was painful especially when they erred.

The undocumented immigrant theme is handled well and realistically.  We see lives with no doctor visits, lousy jobs and apartments, poor pay, secrets, and fear. Maxine had hoped for so much more in life and even named her son according to the Filipino tradition of giving children names that suggested good fortunes to come.

Maxima’s back story is different, engaging, sometimes humorous, at times heartbreaking and it certainly affects the life of her son. Writer Lysley Tenorioexplores how one teen-ager and his immigrant mother navigate life in a world that promises everything, yet, there are people who take advantage of immigrants for their own gain. We read how the two manage each other’s expectations and dreams even though they take advantage of others.

The characters pulls us into the story of identity and ambition that is an authentic portrait of one unforgettable Filipino family. There is a lot of heart and wisdom, humor and hope here and the novel is finely constructed. Filled with detail, it gains momentum as we move to an affecting and powerful conclusion.

“PUTTING ON” Season 2 on Revry

Queer virtual cable TV network, Revry, is taking the drama around the world in Season 2 of its juicy reality series, PUTTING ON, starring Israeli-born underwear model, Instagram star, and entrepreneur, On Mekahel.  

“It’s very gay, and we’re very grateful.” – Pride.com

 

The first season explored the trials and tribulations that On experienced in starting his own underwear brand…with his ex-boyfriend. Premiering this July 5rd at 4pm & 7pm (PST) on the Revry Live channel with new episodes airing every Sunday at the same times or binge the entire second season on Revry Premium on the 5th. The full-length Season 2 dives deeper inside the private and professional life of On Mekahel–and the new love of his life, Dave Cederberg. High-stakes (and high reality TV drama) abound this season with episodes featuring: business ventures in the “Big Apple”, Israel and the West Coast, as well as a wedding in Paris. As On deals with his own trials, Dave has his own challenges: while On travels to LA to do press for his new underwear line, Dave is busy navigating the justice system and wrapping up his parole duties in order to make On’s dream wedding in Paris a reality. And that’s just the first episode! What else can you expect from a 26 year old who wants to rule the world?

 

            “A natural roller coaster ride that is filled with highs and lows – the glitz and glam of the fashion industry meets the raw emotions that are destined to be revealed.” 

 -Subvrt Magazine

 

On Mekahel’s Comments

 

“As with many reality shows, the storyline has evolved because my life is forever changing. For season 2, I chose to offer more private moments from my life. I think we kicked up the excitement level a bit with the lead up to my wedding ceremony in Paris all while moving across the country to Los Angeles and running my company! Life is drama and that is something that just comes effortlessly to me.

 

It’s obvious that I’m a ‘fame monster,’ so I definitely enjoying having cameras around me all the time but what truly keeps me going with this show is being able to set an example as a successful, openly queer man. It’s so important to me to be able to reach LGBTQ people across the globe on Revry who might not see themselves portrayed on TV–let alone as the star of their own reality show–and show them that our LGBTQ lives are just as real, relatable, and important as our straight counterparts.” 

 

Subscribers of Revry Premium (Revry’s subscription on-demand offering) can watch the second season premiere of PUTTING ON starting July 3rd on the Revry network (available on iOS, tvOS, Android, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung and the web at www.revry.tv).

 

On Mekahel Biography

 

On Mekahel is an Israeli born model/actor, social media influencer and entrepreneur, boasting an impressive 630,000 followers on Instagram alone. With a resume that spans the course of a decade, he began modeling at the age of 14. 

 

In 2014, On became an international citizen, moving to New York City to further his career and to attend acting school at Lee Strasburg Theatre and Film Institute. Upon graduating from acting school in 2017, On appeared in television shows on networks such as HBO, Starz and NBC. Not only can he be seen portraying characters in film and TV, the first season of “Putting On” a reality show following On and the creation of his underwear empire premiered on REVRY and was the first IGTV reality tv series to be released on Instagram. 

 

Staying true to his modeling roots while in New York City, On was featured in ad campaigns by some of the largest global companies, from Gap to H&M, Nike, Adidas and Puma. Additionally, he can be spotted around the world at some of the most sought after industry events such as NY Fashion Week, Amfar, Fashion For Relief and Cannes Film Festival. 

 

Since relocating to the US, On Mekahel has further diversified his brand and business ventures, beginning with the creation of his underwear company, MO Underwear, in 2016. This particular project has consumed a great deal of his efforts, with the launch and assembly of the underwear line itself, as well as the marketing and publicity that surround it. On spared little expense and left no details untouched, investing half a million dollars into this endeavor. MO Underwear appeared in publications including, but not limited to Vogue, Nylon Magazine, and New York Times. In 2019, MO Underwear joined the global market, landing in stores across Israel, Europe, and the Middle East. Finding little time for rest, On launched in 2019 his signature fragrance, ON N.25 – This is quite a personal experience, as he is the sole creator and proprietor of this original scent. 

 

More recently, On relocated to the Los Angeles area with his husband to further pursue his career within the entertainment industry. Presently, the second season of his reality show will premiere July 3rd on Revry. He is currently hosting the after show for Project Runway and Making The Cut on Afterbuzz TV. 

About Revry

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable network. Revry offers free live TV channels and On-Demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available in over 225+ million households and devices, and available globally on over nine OTT, Mobile, Connected TV and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be found on Comcast Xfinity X1, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR (Sinclair Broadcast Group) and TiVo+. The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv. Revry.tv

 

“These Violent Delights” by Micah Nemerever— Two Troubled Young Men

Nemerever, Micah. “These Violent Delights: A Novel”,  Harper, 2020.

Two Troubled Young Men

Amos Lassen

Micah Nemerever’s compulsively readable “These Violent Delights” is a story about two college students, each with his own troubled past and whose escalating obsession with one another leads to an act of unspeakable violence. Paul and Julian meet as university freshmen in early 1970s Pittsburgh and they are immediately drawn to one another. A talented artist, Paul is sensitive, insecure talented artist whose  working-class family does not understand him. He is almost inconsolable after his father’s recent death. 

Paul sees Julian as his only intellectual equal and as an ally against the world that he finds is suffocating him. He idolizes his friend confidence but as charismatic as is, Julian is also extremely volatile and cruel. We see that admiration isn’t the same as trust.

As their friendship becomes intimate, Paul is desperate to protect their shaky bond, even he realizes that pressures from the outside world are nothing compared with the brutality they that they inflict on one another. They cannot be separated and as their world becomes smaller, their hold on one another becomes stronger and they are drawn to an act of violence that will force them to confront a shattering truth at the core of their relationship.   

This is an unsettling read that unfolds quickly and with furor as it explores human desire. Nemerever gives us a look at intimacy, desperation, and the damage that it can cause.  
Filled with themes of obsession, belonging, normalcy, morality, and lies, I must say that this is one of the most intense novels I have ever read.  The final act of revelation that happens between Julian and Paul is heart-stopping. Even when  we learn the truth of their relationship, we enjoy watching them completely take over each other’s lives and not let anyone or anything else in.

It is impossible to truly write about the plot without spoiling it and so I will not even try. It is enough to now that Julian and Paul have such an unbelievable ability to grab the worst of each other and make it meaningful. There are strong philosophical underpinnings that explore moral and ethical dilemmas, particularly the agonizing events that define Paul’s own internal conflicts with himself and the world surrounding him. We feel the pain that Paul feels and as we do, we begin to look within ourselves. We are pulled into the story that will not let go forcing us to question ourselves. The universal themes are those we choose not to speak about. 

First LGBTQ+ Virtual Reality Channel Launches First Pride Event in VR

First LGBTQ+ Virtual Reality Channel Launches First Pride Event in VR

Revry Partners with VR Platform, Littlstar, for First Queer VR Channel and First VR Global Pride

Global Pride Ad | 15 Sec

Los Angeles, CA – June 23rd.. Revry, the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable network, has teamed up with Littlstar, the premier livestreaming platform on the PlayStation®4, PlayStation® VR, and Android TV, to launch the first VR streaming channel for the queer community in time for this season of Pride.

The announcement comes as Revry continues a major distribution expansion across virtual cable and OTT both domestically and internationally. Revry’s new channel on the Littlstar platform ups the game by giving viewers an exclusive and unparalleled way to engage with content–in virtual reality.

“Littlstar is excited to partner with Revry to redefine how LGBTQ+ audiences view content. Viewers can now interact with each other remotely in virtual reality, or if there is no VR headset available they can live stream it directly to their TV via PlayStation®4 which currently reaches over 100M homes,” said Tony Mugavero, CEO & Co-Founder of Littlstar.

As one of the official streaming partners for the June 27th and 28th Global Pride 2020, Revry will livestream for 24 hours event on the Revry Now channel (available on the Revry apps) as well as on the Littlstar platform–creating a first-of-its-kind VR Pride Festival experience!

Interpride, the organization producing the Global Pride 2020, is excited about what Revry is bringing to the global event. “We’re thrilled to have Revry as one of our official streaming partners,” says Julian Sanjivan, Co-President of Interpride. “Partnering with Revry gives Global Pride 2020 an opportunity to access audiences and community members who may not otherwise be able to participate in the programming, especially where our other platforms are not accessible or allowed. Revry’s new live VR Channel on the LittleStar app brings our event live on PlayStations across the globe and universally available to anyone with an internet connection.”

More than 500 Pride organizations around the world have submitted more than 1,000 pieces of content for Global Pride which will include messages from former US Vice-President Joe Biden, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and artists Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Kesha and Todrick Hall amongst many more. (See full line up here)

“At a time when the world is hungry for real life interactions, we could not be happier to use our global network–with a reach of over 250 million–to create a virtual pride experience,” said Revry’s Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder LaShawn McGhee. “Community is so important to our mission at Revry; and now, through our partnership with Interpride and Littlstar, we can expand our world of queer movies, shows, music, news, podcasts, and orignals with this historical, first-of-its-kind live virtual reality Pride event!”

“On the heels of a landmark Supreme Court ruling in the US, and in the heart of Pride Month, Littlstar is proud to partner with Revry to stream Global Pride live for 24 hours in Virtual Reality,” said Tony Mugavero, CEO of Littlstar. “This moment and movement are more important now than ever, and we are thrilled to be adding our voice to the chorus of unity and celebration of the right to be yourself.”

Viewers with a PlayStation VR will be able to watch the stream in a custom virtual world, and viewers without VR headsets can view the stream on billions of mobile devices at live.littlstar.com. The normal 2D livestream broadcast can also be viewed on the Revry Now channel on the Revry network available online (watch.revry.tv) and in all major app stores.

About Revry

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable network. Revry offers free live TV channels and On-Demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available in over 225+ million households and devices, and available globally on over nine OTT, Mobile, Connected TV and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be found on Comcast Xfinity X1, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR (Sinclair Broadcast Group), TiVo+, Samsung TV Plus, and The Roku Channel. The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv.

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About Little Star Media, Inc.

Littlstar is a cutting edge streaming platform working with only the best premium content partners and next generation stars in live and on-demand Music, Comedy, Lifestyle, and Sports/ESports. Littlstar’s innovative platform puts viewers at the center of the content, where you can simply watch and enjoy your favorite shows and live streams, or engage in immersive mixed reality experiences. You can subscribe to the premium offering or watch ad supported free content, and you can also earn Ara rewards which can be used for purchases and unlocking other premium perks. For more info, visit https://littlstar.com.

Queer Dating Apps Come Together for Fighting Online Stigma in NiceAF Campaign

Queer Dating Apps Come Together for Fighting Online Stigma in NiceAF Campaign

In the first ever cross-site collaboration of this kind, Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC) and dating platforms for gay and bisexual men (Adam4AdamBro AppDaddyhunt,GrindrPOZ PersonalsSCRUFF and Jack’d) have teamed up to make their online communities nicer ﹘and kinder for everyone ﹘ with the NiceAF.org campaign.

“Racism and other kinds of bigotry and stigma have no place in our society, whether it’s on the streets or online,” said Jen Hecht, director of BHOC, a partnership of dating apps and HIV/STD prevention organizations working together to support gay, bi and trans men’s health.

“Many minority men find themselves either objectified and stereotyped with phrases such as ‘white guys only – just a preference’. Where’s the community? Where’s the respect? 53% of our users are non-white,” said Adam4Adam’s David Lesage. “Adam4Adam is for everybody.”

“It’s more important than ever that we come together as one community to address these issues of abuse and discrimination online, and we are proud to stand alongside other leaders in this coalition,” said Grindr’s Global Health Projects Manager, Emmett Patterson. “We want to encourage a thoughtful dialogue in the queer community around how we can be more respectful and inclusive, both online and in-person.”

The team behind NiceAF.org has compiled a number of videos featuring men telling stories of how they keep the online experience NiceAF. Starting June 3rd, the collaborating apps will invite their users to vote for the video that does the best job of embodying NiceAF’s mission of promoting nicer, kinder interactions between users.

On social media, in news websites, and in nearly every comments section on the internet, people often say things they would never say to each other in person. The anonymity, and the fact that they may never meet, makes it easy for people to leave their real-world manners behind once they go online.

The problem is the insults can often have profound, lasting effects. This kind of behavior is too common in dating sites, when people are often at their most vulnerable. Among gay men, these same dynamics can have an even stronger impact. John Pachankis, a Yale psychiatrist who has done extensive research on gay men’s mental health, says “The data are clear. When gay men experience stigma coming from other members of their own community, it can have even worse effects than when it comes from the outside.”

Seeing messages like “no fats, no femmes, no Blacks or Asians, white guys only,” when you open a dating app can turn what should be a playful, hopeful experience into a stressful one. “It takes a toll on your health,” says Hecht. “We’re excited to bring the apps together to help their users find the partners they want, while encouraging them to treat everyone respectfully, whether or not they’re a match.”

“As a community we’ve made giant strides in addressing the way the outside world treats us,” said Hecht. “Now, we have a great opportunity to change how we treat each other.”

“POZ has long fought HIV stigma in all its forms and is thrilled to be a partner with NiceAF.org with the shared goal to make the online dating world a more welcoming place for everyone,” says Ian Anderson, president of Smart + Strong, the parent of POZ Personals.

Adam4Adam, Daddyhunt, Grindr, POZ Personals, and SCRUFF/Jack’d all joined BHOC and will each put out messages encouraging their users to go to the NiceAF.org site and vote for the video that does the best job of embodying NiceAF’s mission.

Carl Sandler, CEO of Daddyhunt, says, “When we launched Daddyhunt in 2005, we implemented the ‘Daddyhunt Code.’ One of the code’s principles is that members treat members with mutual respect. We’re participating in NiceAF because we believe that shaming people for their HIV status, use of PrEP, age or race is not something we want to see happening on Daddyhunt nor in the gay community at large.”

“The queer community has overcome many challenges throughout history,” said Hecht. “We’re confident we can address this challenge as well.”

 

“Life for Sale” by Yukio Mishima— Amor and Noir

Mishima, Yuko. “Life for Sale” (translated by Stephen Dodd) Vintage International, 2020.

Humor and Noir

Amos Lassen

After messing up a suicide attempt, Hanio Yamada decides to put his life up for sale in the classifieds section of a Tokyo newspaper. It did not take long before people come calling with bizarre requests. What ensues is a  comedy of errors, involving a jealous husband, a drug-addicted heiress, poisoned carrots and a vampire. For someone who just wants to die, Hanio can’t get a break and he finds himself part of an Asian-wide conspiracy that puts him in the sites of his government and a powerful organized-crime syndicate. In “Life for Sale” Yukio Mishima uses satire to explore dark themes, those with which he has been preoccupied throughout his lifetime. This was his last book and was originally published in 1968.

Hanio Yamada, the young copywriter at the center of “the novel attempts suicide for less ideological reasons than Mishima. Hanio manages to do everything but the dying and he soon finds that he is better compensated by the respondents to his ad than he had been even in his steady job.

The nature of Mishima’s own death casts a significant shadow over any reading of his work, and even if “Life for Sale” was written without his deepest attention and intentions, its look at the willingness to die is complicated.

“How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic” by Bill Hayes— Our Shared Humanity

Hayes, Bill. “How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic”, Bloomsbury, 2020.

Our Shared Humanity

Amos Lassen

Bill Hayes’ “Hayes, Bill. “How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic” is a tribute in stories and images to a city facing a pandemic and looks at our shared humanity. What we read is now familiar to us all and yet was foreign in our thoughts. None of us ever imagined living like this. It is no longer strange to live in a place where there is a bookstore where readers shout their orders from the street, where we see everyone wearing a different type of face mask wherever we go, or where a neighborhood restaurant becomes a to-go place only. This became the new normal as we dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hayes captures these moments of life in real time. Here is day-by-day, hour-by-hour life in the world in which we now live. There are new rules and guidelines, streets are empty, businesses are closed tight. Walking the empty streets of Manhattan, Hayes meets fellow New Yorkers and finds stories to share along with finding “grace and gratitude” in his apartment. He he lives alone and- stays home, trying to keep busy and not bored as he deals with enforced solitude. His days are spent reading, cooking, reconnecting with loved ones, thinking about the past and writing.

The photographs record a moment in time, a moment we might never have imagined but that has become reality. He strips New York bare as he looks at it during the quarantine. I must admit that I was affected by what I read and often felt my eyes filling with tears. Hayes was the partner of Oliver Sacks and we see how well the two men complemented each other. Their temperaments were different yet they shared their love for humanity and they were both recorders of their age and of who we are.

Hayes’ statement “It’s a little like losing your life while still being alive, this experience” wonderfully describes how many of us feel. He goes on to write about how the pandemic is impacting our love/sex lives, how Covid 19 and the HIV/AIDS epidemic are similar, he grants a bit of solace to those of who are experiencing the same isolation and feelings of depression that he is as while also sharing the stories of people he comes across as he takes walks and catching up with old friends at a six-foot distance.