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Madame Speaker

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), my Congresswoman when I lived in San Francisco, is expected to become our first female Speaker of the House. Two heartbeats away from the presidency, a San Francisco liberal Democrat will be running Congress. We could be looking at an entirely female-led government, cum 2008. And I for one, welcome our new overlord.

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Treats

Who’s a happy country then? Yes, you are! Yes, you are! Biscuits for everybody. Montana, Virginia, your biscuits are pending. Arizona, you get all the biscuits you want. UPDATE: Montana, Virgina: Your biscuit buffet is now open.

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Stressed

I think I may just make myself sick from worrying about this damn election. I can’t remember when I have stressed and plotzed like this. It sure ain’t helping my aching back, that’s for sure. And on THAT topic, a little note to the Duane Reade drugstore at 72nd & 1st: Why, oh WHY do you stock the back pain …

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Joel Seah

While in Maine last month, I met artist Joel Seah, part of whose work Yankee Queer (above) recasts the images and messages sent to him by men on Manhunt.net. Seah’s man-moths, complete with lurid species names directly taken from their emails to him (Partyan Dplay, Whiteon Lyplease), are fascinating. Joel is an Assistant Professor of Art, Printmaking and Drawing at …

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Marlin Beach Pool Bar

After seeing last week’s post about the late Marlin Beach Hotel, a reader sent me this scan of one of the hotel’s postcards, circa 1960’s, before the place turned gay. (Embiggen makey pretty.) You can see the windows into the pool that I mentioned. The text on the back of the postcard reads: “The Marlin Beach Hotel – This is …

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Polling Station

This morning I voted for the third year in a row at the Jewish senior center on the end of my block. As usual, the place was a confusing madhouse of directional signs and vigorously waving old ladies. They get quite anxious if you slow the process or walk aimlessly once you get your booth assignment. “This way! This way! …

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Midday View – Grace Building

I got this shot last week on my lunch hour, which I occasionally spend in Bryant Park across from this, the W.R. Grace Building on 42nd Street. Designed by Gordon Bunshaft, the 50-story Grace is a virtual double of the Solow Building on 57th Street, another Bunshaft creation. It may be a bit difficult to detect at this front-on angle, …

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