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1) Rockaways: People, it is really summer. Get your bikes in gear. Meet your person with your bike anywhere in Brooklyn around 10am, then do this: cycle all the way down Bedford Avenue—through Midwood, where Brooklyn no longer looks like Brooklyn but rather stately suburban America with freestanding homes and yards—wend left along Emmons Avenue and see yet another aberration, a small Italian beach town, and finally cross Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge to enter Riis...
I will not forgive you. Not ever. Not ever until I’m dead. Not even then. I’m almost 9 years old. I’m hopelessly clumsy. I get a lot of bruises that summer even though I am more careful. Somebody does something unforgivable. I decide not to talk about it. There are other things that are easier to say. I’m 14 years old. My hips grow over break and when I put my school skirt on it rips...
A good threesome is like finding something in a size small at the Barney’s Warehouse sale: There’s always so many options that you love but nothing that really seems to fit you just right. In my experience, the best threesomes take place with couples; you’re the center of attention and all you have to do is show-up and give it your all. I first met Adam on one of those gay “dating” apps. He was...
John was my first love and on-and-off-but-mostly-on boyfriend of five years, ages 16 to 21. His eyes were Carolina blue; his greatest pleasures were food and medieval history. And me. No romance I’ve known since has equaled the single-minded devotion John and I shared; first love comprises a genre all its own, a delicious and unparalleled madness. Only weeks after we held hands in an empty park a few blocks from the high school,...