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Page 41 PastelBunBun interview Page 51 Haute Men’s Fashion by William Maltese Page 68 YouNite Magazine Page 82 Narcissism & Expediency Rewarded by William Maltese Page 110 Kay Pike Page 126 Interview with Twitch Streamer SaphireNiight by Wanda Julian Page 169 So, Tell Me Dahlink by Brenda J. Robinson Burgett


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In-Vest … or Not?

Let’s take a moment to talk about vests … which the dictionary defines as “those sleeveless, collarless, closefitting waist-length garments that usually buttons down their fronts,” that were arguably, initially, introduced as men’s fashion items, according to diarist Pepys, by Great Britain’s Charles II. For our purposes, let’s not include cut-offs, those sleeveless denim jackets so often preferred by bikers; A-shirts, singlets, or tank-tops, preferred by athletes and body-builders; hunting/fishing vests, used to store spare ammunition and other small bits of sporting paraphernalia; as well as the oh-so-familiar, these days, bullet-proof vests, used by the police; and, finally, suicide vests, popularized by martyrs. Let’s do include that piece of clothing that’s part of a man’s three-piece suit ensemble and referred to in England and some parts of the Commonwealth as a waistcoat, and in the U.S. and Canada as a vest. This, once integral part of any fashionable man’s wardrobe, has recently been by-passed and replaced, pretty much, in this more informal age, by just a sports-coat and slacks, with the occasional two-piece suit brought out of storage for more formal occasions. Why don’t that many men wear vests any longer? Is it merely because vests, to today’s modern man, seem all too constrictive and corset-like, or that men are now less likely to need extra pockets for cigars, monogrammed cigarette cases, lighters, or watches? Actually, I don’t have a clue. All I do know is that I’d like to see more men wearing them. Not just because I’ve never removed them from my personal wearing regimen, but, because, they add a certain degree of sophistication that’s often lacking, but often welcome, within today’s sometimes toorelaxed dress codes. If I can’t persuade you to head on out and buy a vest — they DO come in leather — how about my providing you a prod, at least, to try the never-old academic sweater-vest look, consisting of a simple no-button sleeveless V-neck sweater worn over a shirt and under a sports- or suit-jacket, which can make us all come off seemingly far more university-professor intellectual than we probably are? If nothing else, the addition of any vest will make you stand out more in today’s often fashion-blah crowds, which is never bad unless you’re trying to escape attention and/or avoid the long arm of the law.

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There was a time, my life pretty much filled with my doing commissioned art pieces, when I made the decision to cut back on my lucrative artistic endeavors and devote more hours to my writing. I’d managed a good international reputation in the art world, primarily based upon my “Poisonous Plant Series” … as well as on my series of “Truncated Male Torsos” in tribute to those remnants of Classical Greco-Roman sculptures found in so many museums. That the latter included mainly self-portraits had less to do with Narcissism than it did with expediency. A popular artists’ model, myself, I was well aware of the difficulties artists can have in finding people to pose for life-drawings (especially nude ones), wherein I was always available, willing, and able, for whatever the artistic project I had in mind. My tipping the balance of scales in favor of book-writing wasn’t a case of my losing interest in art, or any lack of my continued enjoyment in doing it. It was the result of my having been on the verge of embarking upon an extended period of world travel, and it was far easier for me to pack just a pen and a notebook than it was to include canvases, paints, palettes, brushes, and easels. Recently, I was pleased to confirm that my early artistic reputation, supplemented by the selective commissioned art pieces I’ve done over these last few years, have kept my name and work at the attention of movers and shakers on the international art scene; in that, I received an invitation from Italian curators Amedeo Fuse and Rosario Sprovieri, asking me to provide a piece of art work for their European Culture Association’s International Contemporary Art “Tribute to Frida Kahlo” Exhibition scheduled for Vatican City, this last 8-9 April. Needless to say, it was impossible for me to pass up the opportunity to have my self-portrait hung on a wall of the prestigious Palazzo della Cancelleria; so, I opted not to take a literal interpretation of “Tribute to” that might have had me provide an actual portrait of Frida. Rather — (1) Frida was well-known for her self-portraits; my work, too, is a self-portrait. (2) Frida was known for her vivid color palette; my contribution may seem mainly yellow, but a closer examination reveals the yellow as a collage that includes vibrant reds, greens, and blacks. (3) Frida was known for including symbolism that hints to aspects of her life; my “Peeping Tom” window “surround” provides a similar voyeuristic peek into my life; i.e. surreptitious reference to the fact that, at the young age in which I’m depicted, I’d already written, under various pseudonyms, at least twenty erotic books. (4) Finally, my artwork’s title —Mi Chequeta y Yo (“My Jacket and Me”) — is a play on Frida’s Yo y Mis Pericos (“Me and My Parrots”). (NOTE: After the Vatican City exhibit, my self-portrait was borrowed for another exhibition, in May, in Ragusa, Sicily, having done more traveling, lately, than I have).

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