“Poverty is what I’m writing about.” -G.O. —
When George Orwell voluntarily submitted himself to a life on the low, he discovered two distinct stories in two major cities: Paris and London. In the former, while struggling for day
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Celebrating the Life of the Original Miss Thing
You been dancin’ all night long with so many different guys.
I waited patiently for you to notice me but you never caught my eye.
Make some room cuz I’m coming through….
The feelings getting stronger I’m not waiting any longer for you.
I can’t lose.
Taking love, taking love into my own hands
Don’t you try to stop me?
“Takin’ Love Into My Own Hands” Megatone Records
The determination heard in these lyrics clearly gives us a glimpse into what Sylvester was made of. Bursting on to the Disco scene in 1979 with his hit song “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real,” this flamboyant, totally outrageous, genderbender sashayed his way onto the world stage. The flamboyant falsetto singing powerhouse captivated gay and straight audiences and helped change attitudes and inspire everyone to discover their own “real ness.” read more —>
Categorisation is as necessary to human life as breathing. We must have names and labels if we are to differentiate between one thing and another. To imagine a world without categories is to indulge in a spurious kind of intellectualism.
The problem arises when we come across things that defy easy classification, be they objects, processes, or states of being. Some things don’t fit easily into their prescribed boxes, if they fit at all. Take, for example, the question of what is art. Is a piece of jewellery art, craft, or both? read more —>
I decided to become a writer after reading Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The year was 1990, and I was in rehab trying to kick my addiction to cocaine. It was the first novel I had read since leaving school, bought on the recommendation of a very persuasive second-hand bookseller, and long before I had finished it I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
The desire to write was so strong with me it felt like a sickness. The only problem was I didn’t know what to write about. I had no stories. read more —>
Scotland Notes: Homecoming, Burns an’ a’ that
ONE Magazine welcomes its newest contributor, First Minister Alex Salmond
The year 2009 is already shaping up to be an exceptional year for Scotland. Inspired by the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national cultural icon Robert Burns, our Homecoming Year is celebrating many of Scotland’s great contributions to the world. For everyone touched, influenced and inspired by Scotland, this year presents an opportunity to reconnect with our past, and play a part in the dynamic Scotland we are building today. And with three months of events behind us it is clear that Homecoming is already having a significant impact, with many events reporting and projecting high participation levels.
Glasgow Notes: From the Heart (By Way of Toronto)
Leaving Glasgow for good was never my intention. Moving on was akin to boiling a frog; if I had left with the sole purpose of settling elsewhere the pain may have been too great for me to bear. As it was, I spent six months here and six months there: London, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney. Before I knew what my life was about I was travelling further afield and for longer periods of time.
Belfast Notes: Breaking New Ground
Belfast is getting better. My perspective of Belfast is informed by a small graffiti I saw in a toilet stall in Europa Train Station. Nestled among crudely drawn penises and acronyms such as ‘IRA’, ‘UDA’, ‘INLA’, and ‘UVF’, were the words “I F*cking Hate Belfast” written in tiny letters upside down in one corner. As I see it, this kind of righteous anger towards all the insanity of The Troubles is exactly what is going to sweep Belfast into the modern age.
StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival kicked off last night with a inaugural address from First Minister Alex Salmond, and the immolation of sculpter David Mach’s Robert Burns match stick head – Rabbie burns… Rabbie burning… Rabbie burnt. Now,the 12th annual festival is well under way…
Berlin(ale) Notes: Views on Potsdamer Platz
‘Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.’ Transpose Kipling’s Asian Ballad to Mitteleuropa and imagine the climate in Berlin before 1989. But, in November of that year, with one swell foop (Berlin said IamONE?), the wall came tumbling down and we now have ‘… neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth’.
Black Down in Britain
From an Obama victory back to 1970s Britain: Stephen Thompson, popular author of Toy Soliders and Meet Me Under the Westway reflects and arrives with some new takes on politics from both sides of the pond.
by Gerard DeGroot
The author of the controversial book The Sixties Unplugged (2008) revisits a pivotal event for he infamous Pop Artist.
The Death Predictor
Horace screwed the final bolt into place before standing back to admire his creation. How long it had taken him to perfect his machine! It was unreal. For years Horace had been cooped up in his house. He wouldn’t leave for weeks on end, working in every spare second he could find. He no longer socialised and hardly ever left his living room, never mind his house. Neighbours no longer sent him Christmas cards and the community in which he had lived for many years didn’t even know his name.
Dreams, Lessons, Friendship, Hope.
Each year The Moth invites one brave teenager to share a personal story on our main stage in New York City. They share the stage with celebrated writers and performers, which would be intimidating for someone twice their age. Last year, that teen was Tavar McKenzie. From our first telephone call she blew me away with her intelligence and warmth. A lot of teens we meet want to talk about forgetting their first homework or missing the bus, but Tavar insisted on a much more challenging subject. Last April, in front of a crowd of 300 people, she took The Moth stage by storm with a fierceness that first broke our hearts, then made them cheer. Tavar is a true rock star and we feel so honoured to have met her at the beginning of her journey. We can’t wait to see how high she’s going to fly.
– Catherine Burns, Artistic Director, The Moth NYC