"The thinking woman's drag queen."
"A wordly wit."
—The New York Times
One of NYC's Top Ten Drag Queens.
—Time Out New York
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It’s been a gorgeous summer in New York, with none of the boiling hot weather that’s usually par for the course this time of year.
So how I feel so stressed and unrelaxed?
Over the many years that I’ve lived in New York, I’ve become so neurotic that I have a very hard time slowing down, including taking advantage of summer activities. Go for a walk in Central Park? No time! An outdoor movie? No time! Go to the beach? No time!
Of course, I do have the time. It’s not like I’m accomplishing that much otherwise. I’m well aware that going to somewhere like Central Park is a totally rejuvenating experience. Why do I resist making myself feel better? Imagine how much I could improve my emotional health if I actually took the time to go upstate or to the beach.
Anyway, I just made reservations to go to Minnesota in September. Mostly, it’s because my Mom has been urging me to visit. Plus, there will be plenty of friends to see, and maybe some other relatives. It definitely won’t be a lay-around holiday. But at least the pace is quieter and I’ll get away. Hopefully, I’ll find the time to smell the roses, breath the fresh air, and relax, goddammit.
My friend Magnus was staying with me for a few days. He’s Norwegian, but lives in Copenhagen, and we met several years ago when he was visiting New York.
Last night, he and some of his friends attended my weekly Bingo gig at Le Poisson Rouge—and he won the cash jackpot! I swear it wasn’t rigged!
Afterwards, we went to the gay bar Eastern Bloc for a Madonna birthday celebration, including pretty tranny Thang as Madge from her Sex book era.
And in case you’re wondering about my outfit… My friend Lola styled me and made my skirt.
I’ve barely left the city this entire summer, and to quote Madonna, “We need a holiday.” In the meanwhile, I might as well enjoy myself!
My best frenemy Lady Bunny turns 3,000 years-old today!
Here we are in 1991.
I’m happy to report that my debut presentation of “The Drag Explosion, Part Two” was a success!
But no time to rest on my laurels! I’m doing a major cleaning of my apartment for relatives coming from out of town.
This summer has not been relaxing at all… Gotta take some time off pretty soon or I shall collapse!
I am busy, busy, busy this week as I finish creating my latest slideshow extravaganza, “The Drag Explosion, Part Two,” featuring more of my photos of NYC’s momentous drag scene from the late 1980s to the mid ’90s. The premiere is Friday, August 1st, at 7:30pm, at Dixon Place’s annual HOT! Festival (which is where I triumphantly debuted “The Drag Explosion” last summer).
In “Part Two,” I delve further into this seminal time in drag history as I reflect on life lessons I’ve learned as a queen, as well as compare drag’s hot-button issues then and now. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the photos that I’ll be narrating:
Dixon Place is located at 161a Chrystie Street between Delancey and Rivington Sts, and advance tickets are available at the HOT! Festival website.
Hope to see you!
Linda's acclaimed collection of her photos of NYC's drag scene of the 1980s and '90s.