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#1 (1/2020)

All,

welcome to my first e-letter. january has been a month of introspection and writing, parties and entertainment, and art making and art witnessing.
***music
Ezra Furman’s solo performance at Once Ballroom (the one on 1/28/2020) made me an instant fan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWvzztHFlNI and here are some recorded songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGyMcbhCaxo + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF-iEVK1bq0
as for other recorded music i have been obsessively listening to \ a necklace of related pieces composed by Max Richter (33:40, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmQmepDPg6I
***dance 
super bummed-out by this dance performance at the ICA: https://www.icaboston.org/events/kate-wallich-yc-x-perfume-genius-sun-still-burns-here, though Hadreas / Perfume Genius make powerful music : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI9DvgMZIi8
***tv 
perhaps my gay card will be reinstated? i watched five complete seasons of Rupaul’s Drag Race this month—enjoyed performances by Pandora Boxx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My-BOwxPCME  (season 2), Raja (season 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr6f3ILLbR8,  Sharon Needles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcUwDClXU14 and Latrice Royale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg-oKAjlLVc  (season 4); Alaska https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2A2EQYccOY + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xw5VkCpxRg + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H6x-HekEaY and Jinkx Monsoon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1MZxhpgU3I  (season 5) and BenDeLaCreme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opRQ8qnj4h8  and Adore Delano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx6LQcGy6R4  (Season 6). i feel much more like a queen, mama.
***photography 
i received a CAMIT grant for the Wojnarowicz Series, a series on photographs inspired by him. four of the five subjects have been shot, looking for a fifth (someone who generally resembles him physically that is to say tall and/or lanky)
i continue to read work about and/or by David Wojnarowicz, thinking about how i identify with, “Feeling that the world’s set-up in such a way that it seems I’m constantly working against it rather than alongside it, alongside of living…. I’ve never felt more sane than in those (rural) places, but not in New York (the city), there seems to be this tension that I pick up sometimes by myself, and sometimes unavoidably—using it in my work, using it to produce work.” (Weight of the Earth)
  
***fabrication 
i’ve been training with Graham Yeagar in the Mars Lab at MIT to work with wood. more on that project later.
***notes on an acceptance  
after 26 rejections, Waxwing not only published “Interiors, Maine,” but also nominated it for: Best American Short Stories, Best Small Fictions, and a Pushcart Price.
keep on!
kevin