Pablo Picasso, "Nus masculins (les trois âges de l'homme), 1942

Daddy Isn’t Here

Marcus didn’t moan much during sex.  It was only in the last few minutes before he climaxed that I could hear him in my apartment, late at night as I…

You’re It

Apart from an early appearance as Joseph in a Cub Scout Nativity skit, my first theatrical role was Dracula. I performed it in a summer play that my brothers and…

August Sander, "Young Farmers", Westerwald, 1914

Give Me a Sign

I don’t tell my father I hitchhike. He’d only tell me to stop doing it. “You’re only 17,” he’d say. “You could be picked up by a pervert.” I don’t tell…

Jared French, "Monk’s Dream", 1932

Glory Be

I lost my faith long before I lost my virginity. My defection was not a single act of apostasy but rather a slow unwrapping of belief, a long series of minor…

Luigi Lucioni, "Paul Cadmus", 1928

Cleaning Up

The dragon tree was the first thing I bought for my new office. It was a hip-high plant with two puny canes that I had picked up at a garden…

Alfred Eisenstaedt, View of Mt Vesuvius from the Town of Torre Annunciata with Men Tending to Drying Pasta

Beyond the Lines

Spaghetti with olive oil and garlic is one of those minimalist signature dishes of cucina povera that demonstrate how a few humble ingredients can be transformed into something heavenly. It…

Thomas Eakins, Salutat, 1898

Fighting Back

He didn’t look like a hero at the weigh in. Not the one I had imagined, anyway. I had expected him to be bigger. Perhaps he only looked smaller because…

Peter Bloch, Blue Words

Wrong Number

When I was 15 a man called me at home and said he wanted to have sex with me. Well, not in exactly those words, but I knew what he…