New York is… New York is… Well, New York is this…

and I take a right onto 6th avenue, this is where everyone is, workers spilling out from air-conditioned office high rises or tourists meandering wide-eyed at everything around and below and above them, then I’m past the man in his early 30s lying on the ground with a cardboard sign that says “HIV positive. Help me out. God…

A Drowning Man in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I was standing along the water’s edge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, talking to a man with an intimate relationship with his mother, when a man in the river started screaming, “I’m drowning! I’m drowning! Somebody please help me, I’m going to die!” All at once, several things crossed my mind. I thought, Holy shit, this is…

Extra Whipped Cream From A Gay Guy In San Francisco

No, that’s not a euphemism. The gay guy really did give me extra whipped cream, on the hot chocolate I ordered from one of San Francisco’s million Starbucks coffee shops. This encounter happened at the front of the shop as all regular transactions take place; at no point was I invited to any store cupboards…