Why Art and Film Matter

Have you ever been with friends and someone announces that these young gay kids don’t know what it was like back in the day and should be more respectful of their elders? I hate this, because it has been the...

Outdoor Dining at Delbar

The Trumpenstein Pandemic continues to stall the city’s restaurants, but it’s my impression that many are trying to enlarge outdoor dining and rework interior space so that someone’s weak sneeze doesn’t catapul...

How COVID-19 Taught Me to Love Myself

The pandemic has been a special hell for those of us who suffer so-called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition that causes obsessive dissatisfaction with the body’s appearance. I haven’t been to the gym ...

Grana: Will It Go Gay?

Discerning the state of the restaurant business in Atlanta is virtually impossible. Every day online you read reports of restaurants that have closed, reopened and two days later close again because an employee...

The Soothing Nostalgia of Online Reminiscing

One of the inevitable conditions of aging is nostalgia, the yearning for the old days when you were a young, optimistic lad with the feeling you had all the time in the world to, say, win a bodybuilding competi...

Just a Reminder: Stonewall Was a Riot

It is 1977. AIDS has not arrived and we are in our hedonistic prime. You take your perky white ass and pink lips to a club’s weekly dark room. “Tonight,” you tell a friend, “I’m gonna get me some Big Black Dick...

Talat Market: A Pop-up Favorite Gets a New Home

While many restaurants are reopening with full service, I wish I could tell you that things are returning to normal, but that’s clearly not going to happen anytime soon. We all know that besides the food itself...

Inspirations From a Drag Queen

There’s a problem with drag queens. Before I explain that, let me explain me. When I was five—in the ’50s—my mother took me to a psychologist in downtown Charlotte. I remember playing in a sandbox where I pr...

Takeout Standouts: Little Bear and Talat Market

You have probably noticed that Atlanta restaurant owners have for the most part not accepted Governor Kemp’s invitation to sicken and kill their staffs and customers by prematurely reopening. Somehow, they didn...

Fear of COVID-19 Brings Back Exacerbating Memories

Partly because the restaurant scene has disappeared and partly because I need something different in my writing life, this week inaugurates a column about becoming an old gay man. It will alternate or sometimes...