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Me: Awesome, thanks. So what drag queen did you get all this off of?
Shana: My grandmother.



With great pleasure we present the cover of our forthcoming book, Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury), and with ecstatic joy we announce that the book’s introduction will be written by Cheryl Strayed.

(You can pre-order here, here, here, or here, Mom.)

Behold the beauty!



Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 

After New York City-based writer Jessica Gross took the first “test-run” residency, traveling from NYC to Chicago and back, Amtrak confirmed that it is indeed planning to turn the writers’ residencies into an established, long-term program, sending writers on trains throughout its network of routes.

First, let’s get it out of the way: The Wire is 100 percent on board with this idea. Pun intended, because we’re writers. We love writing, and we love trains, and we love them both together…

This is literally a dream come true to me. 

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Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman share the story of their bed [x]

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Josh Hutcherson for OUT Magazine

"There’s a certain change with the times. Maybe sexual openness is viewed by older generations as promiscuity and viewed in a kind of negative, slutty so to speak sort of way, or a gross kind of way. If you look at nature, some animals are monogamous, some animals sleep with everything. I guess sexuality is confusing because it’s intimate and personal. It’s the most intimate side of yourself. You’re really showing yourself to somebody. I understand why it’s an insecure thing.

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I forget, as I said to one friend yesterday, that it’s maybe a little out of the normal realm of experience to have spent a good portion of your teens and twenties hanging out with heroin addicts. But I did, and despite some pretty fucking significant odds against it, a lot of them are still alive. 

When I met them, some of my heroin addict friends and colleagues already had 20+ years in recovery. Some were on methadone. Some were shakily rebuilding their lives (again) after a relapse. Most had gotten clean in the wake of learning they had HIV, which somehow was able to shock their sense of safety and self in a way that none of the other bottoms they’d hit had managed.

So most of these addict friends of mine were actually junkies who were simultaneously struggling with sobriety while also learning about and managing at least one disease—in addition to HIV, most also were living with hepatitis C, and most were struggling too with having to face head-on, sometimes for the first time ever, the mental health and/or sexual abuse issues that had led them chasing after a blissful high to begin with.

I learned a lot from them, not the least of which was how much fucking harder it is to get and stay clean than it is to keep doing drugs. 

Today I wanted to share a resource from one great organization I worked alongside and learned a lot from during that time.

Addiction is terrifying and ugly and hurtful and scary to basically everyone touched by it. But there are some very, very smart folks who have spent a lot of the last 30+ years working on the best ways to approach this health crisis in a pragmatic, realistic way that takes into account what we scientifically know might help save lives. 

You can start learning more by looking through the Drug Policy Alliance’s website on Harm Reduction.

Here are 3 important things that seem especially important to know right now. The bullet points are mine; the details are from a blog post Drug Policy Alliance put up today:

1. Don’t put off calling 911 if someone has overdosed

New York has a 911 Good Samaritan law, which offers some protection from drug charges for people who call 911 to report a suspected overdose. Many people panic at the scene of an overdose, fearing they or the overdose victim will be arrested for possessing small amounts of drugs. 

According to Drug Policy Alliance, 14 states plus the District of Columbia have Good Samaritan laws like this: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts,New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

2. If you live with a heroin user, learn about naloxone, a drug that if administered immediately can reverse opiate overdoses

New Yorkers also have limited access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone. If administered right away, naloxone can can reverse an overdose and restore normal breathing.

Naloxone is generic, inexpensive, non-narcotic, works quickly and is not only safe, but also easy to use. It’s been around since the 1970s and has saved tens of thousands of lives. New York also just this week introduced legislation to expand access to it.

So many states are just now starting to take some great steps to get naloxone in the hands of more people. Hoffman’s death perfectly illustrates how terribly urgent this is. Even the Office of National Drug Control Policy is supporting naloxone in the hands of cops.


If you use heroin and no one has ever told you to avoid mixing alcohol or other sedatives with heroin because it increases your risk of overdose, we have failed you.

So. Educate yourself. Educate your friends. Love each other. Stay alive.

(This isn’t my area of expertise anymore but if you have a question or are hitting a google wall in searching for something related, drop me an ask and I’ll do what I can to help.)


TWO of my* OUT covers are nominated for American Society of Magazine Editors awards!!! This is pretty exciting.

Please please please go cast your vote for BOTH of them by LIKING the covers on this Facebook page—the top picks will compete for ASME’s reader’s choice award. OUT is up against a bunch of big mainstream entertainment publications, so we need all the help we can get—the Josh Hutcherson cover is in 2nd place right now so this isn’t even a crazy long shot if you help add to the momentum.

(Also a third OUT cover with a great archival shot of Bowie is int he running, so you should vote for that too.)

*99% of this credit goes to the photographer/editors for shooting & picking a great image, but I will accept a tiny sliver of credit for lobbying that these folks should be on the cover in the first place. And I’ll be very grateful if you help out—I never post requests like this but it’s pretty exciting for a relatively small magazine to get this far.


me & @missmissything keeping watch.

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Jessica’s grandma always told her that when you were ready for a new dog, your old dog would send them to you. This is Miss Thing, named for Jessica’s Uncle Tommy’s dog. Thank you to Tommy & Lord Trippington for helping us find her and bring her home today. (at NKLA Pet Adoption Center)


creative T-shirt styling on a Sunday night (at Viper Room)

This was such a great show. I’m so tired I don’t have great things to say but it was amazeballs fun to rock out and get sweaty with friends.



Whoa this deserve a reblog


I made this almost 3 years ago. :|

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OUT MAGAZINE | November 2013
Cover story by Shana Naomi Krochmal
Photography by Nino Muñoz

Straight Talker: Josh Hutcherson on fame, his gay uncles’ legacy, and how the best thing for his Hunger Games character might be a threesome.

Read the cover story here. 


our dear, sweet ridiculous dog Lord Trippington died a month ago today… i was organizing my files a little and found these three very characteristic shots to share.

if you haven’t already, please consider supporting my wife’s Race for the Rescues fundraising in Trip’s honor, even if it’s only a few dollars. (and it means so much to you if you already have given.)

all of the groups involved, including Angel City Pit Bulls, do so much great work to match up dogs and the humans who need to be rescued by them.

After asking whether a certain love triangle would be better resolved with a threesome

Me: This is why I was a disaster of a red carpet reporter.
Redacted: [Laughing and nodding] Because you wanted to ask these kinds of questions?