In Loving Memory of №32, 2004(?)-2021

Somewhere on the 33rd Floor above Madison Avenue, there was a tiny room with an unblocked view overlooking Downtown Manhattan. The Empire State Building glistened in a grayish tone in the hazy, early afternoon sun. I mumbled to myself in my head: I can’t…

Photo by Tomas Gaspar

The day before my eighteenth birthday I sat on the couch with an NEC laptop in my laps and watched Tranamerica alone at home. Seventeen going on eighteen, was anyone ever so young? Something shifted in me that day: I knew I would never be a woman, get married as…

He doesn’t remember how many men he has walked to the 1 Train and never heard back from. No, actually he does. This is the third maybe, and counting. Why the 1? Maybe because it runs on the west side. New York homos’ bloodline. In red. …

To Making Culture Accessible

I woke up to an Instagram DM from a friend: three white women in Dallas were reinventing mahjong (variant spelling: mahjongg). “I’m so angry,” said my friend. And I shared her sentiment. The first thing I did was to check the company’s Instagram and website. I…

Some thoughts on “Sublet” and “The Surrogate”

Sublet. Illustration by Hansel Huang, 2020. All rights reserved.

I recently watched two new gay movies, coincidentally, both about surrogacy.

In “Sublet” Michael (John Benjamin Hickey), a travel writer for the New York Times, visits Tel Aviv. In order to get a more authentic local experience, he has decided to stay at…

Food for Thought in the Time of COVID-19

On March 7, I attended an Armory week party at a townhouse in SoHo. The party was one of those fabulous downtown things — it was hosted by an art gallery and packed with metrosexual men who perceived accidental eye contact rom…

The original piece was published on Hoornik in Spanish.

Movement (Triptych), Juan Lamarca, 2016

A personal investigator has been hired by a paranoid spouse, to follow up on a plausible adultery theory. The chase led up to the waves of a Hawaiin beach. Detective Poirot’s voice in my ears, straight out of an Agatha Christie…

Hansel Huang

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