Thoughts on “Revisiting the AIDS Crisis and the Ongoing Pandemic”



This weekend, the New School and Visual AIDS presented the 3-part series: Revisiting the AIDS Crisis and the Ongoing Pandemic: Health Challenges is the 21st century. For In the Flesh, one of the organizers shares his thoughts on the kickoff event, Surviving, Uniting, Anger and the Plague: a Conversation with David France and Jim Hubbard. To learn more about the series visit: http://visualaids.org/blog/detail/revisiting-the-aids-crisis-and-the-ongoing-pandemic#.

by Ted Kerr, published on May 1st, 2013


Recounting the Facts: Time is Not a Line

time is not


Revisiting the AIDS Crisis and the Ongoing Epidemic: Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century was a three part series organized by Visual AIDS and the New School. It included a public conversation between directors Jim Hubbard (United in Anger: A History of ACT UP) and David France (How to Survive a Plague) regarding their similar yet different films about AIDS activism in New York during the late 80s and into the 90s; and a panel discussion about TB, co-infection, and AIDS as a global issue.

by Ted Kerr April 18th, 2013

Enter Simon



Flash fiction by Aldrin: ”Enter Simon onto the Eagle’s rooftop July heat as visible as the smoke snarling from his cigarette …”


by Aldrin Valdez published on April 8th, 2013

Dick Lit. 101: Men Who Write Bestselling Literary Fiction (and Why We Hate Them)





Ella on how the mainstream publishing industry white-washes feminist texts: “This is the magical revelation of The Marriage Plot? What all those hours of page-turning amount to? All the hype for this Pulitzer Prize winning, Times Square billboard modeling, New York Times best-selling, Salinger-like voice of a generation and it turns out he’s trying to sell me some sort of trickle-down, 40 years too late, mansplained, mealy-mouthed lip service on the importance of female emancipation? And I’m to shudder and swoon at the contemporary tragedy of it all? Well, shit Jeffrey. What a waste of time.”

by Ella Boureau April 2nd, 2013

Interview: Cassidy Gardner of Queerocracy (with Michael Tikili)

© Sahil Kapur

© Sahil Kapur

Cassidy Gardner of QUEEROCRACY talks to us about HIV criminalization. “There’s always been a history of not talking about the safety of the more oppressed population. The most vulnerable population’s access to anything that would in anyway be helpful in terms of their health or general
well-being and I don’t think that’s different for people living with HIV/AIDS


Interviewer: Ella Boureau on March 15th, 2013



New Michigan in the Year 2234



Papers Please! A new micro-play by Eric Borlaug. “Do you have a license for you vagina?”

by Eric Borlaug, published March 3rd 2013



Sarah Schulman talks with us about her new bookIsrael/Palestine and the Queer International : ”This idea that the West is gonna rescue Arab women or Muslim women is absurd. We need to be rescued. I was thinking about this during the Obama election. What actually is the condition of women and children in the United States? We don’t have reproductive rights. Because we don’t have healthcare. Women are still earning 74 cents to every dollar a man is earning. Women are getting foreclosed on at a rate that’s incredibly high as compared to men. Women make up homeless people more than men.”

Interviewer: Ella Boureau on February 20th 2013



The Tail, As it Swings



”None of us is ever fully aware of the total effect of our sexuality at that age, but we have inklings, and those of us who are courageous enough, play with those inklings. The tail, as it swings, says 2 things: ‘Today I am an animal’ and ‘I have a reverse dick’.”

by Ella Boureau published December 3rd, 2012

Interview: Camilo Godoy from Immigrant Movement International





Artist and Activist Camilo Godoy is a New School BAFA student, a member of Queerocracy and a recent recipient of Queer Art Mentorship. We sat down to talk with him about him project on immigrant detention centers. We thought it best that with his extensive knowledge of the subject, and the connections he makes, it would be best to split the interview into two parts.


Interviewer: Ella Boureau on November 23rd, 2012

To Heartbreak Hotel


Where do we go when we write? What is that brainspace called? What are its parameters? How long can we stay there? Debbie calls the brainspace “The Heartbreak Hotel”. This piece is about illuminating the various rooms inside of us, what kinds of words might be in those rooms, who we might be inside of them : “As this body writes it will occasionally go into the other room to masturbate. To think about sexy or strange things. To feel intense, then dull.”

by Debbie Hu published May 26th, 2012