Harlem in the 1920s & 30s, as the circuit parties of their day, the drag balls provided a startling glimpse of the national scope of gay life. Men traveled from across the country to attend the Hamilton Lodge Ball and other cities’ signature balls, and partisans trumpeted the virtues of the New York ball over its rivals in Chicago, New Orleans, and Berlin. Those who couldn’t attend the balls were treated to detailed accounts of them in the black press and Broadway gossip sheets.
“Music is the only reason why I’m not in prison, or dead, you know. I’m a dude who came from a little redneck town, and uh, I didn’t fit in. It was horrible and music definitely got me through it, you know. It’s been my life ever since.”
“I get to play the guitar for a living and I never forget the impact that our songs have on the people that listen to us, so I take that very seriously. But at the same time, I have my own life that’s Mark Morton - not Mark Morton guitar player for Lamb of God, but just..Mark; the guy who wants to raise his daughter and be a husband.”
Drink some water and have a moment to yourself before you head out into the awake city, because all day long, the sun will continue to exhaust you and steal your moisture. Nighttime at Burning Man feels surreal, detached, like a fantasy world, but daytime at Burning Man is strenuous: your shoulder blades slowly cook on your rides across the playa, and you remember your status as a visitor to an inhospitable climate. It’s almost impossible to be a citizen of both day and night.