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Paula Vogel talks about the hostility to her gay "family" play

Paula Vogel talks about the hostility to her gay “family” play

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Dear Patrick R. Donahoe and Paul Vogel,
How many people change their address online versus the old and cumbersome paper way? I wonder if it is much less than expected. I expect it is. I also got to wondering if anyone in the Post Office knew why.

Here it is:

I had to change my address the other day. Finally got a new place to move into and out of limbo. The Post Office was filled with adverts telling me I could do it all online, where it would probably be faster, and more direct. I would get pretty quick e-mail notification, it probably goes straight into the USPS databases, effects my mailing address sooner, doesn’t require someone to enter it in to the database and all that.

How much does it cost for someone to change their address? Online or by paper? I know the paper is more expensive. It has to be produced, first of all, and it can be mailed for free.

But online costs more for me.

But it wasn’t the cost that made me mail in a change of address postcard. Changing my address online costs only a dollar. But it is the way that this dollar is charged.

It sets off my Scammer-Alert radar. Big time.

“Identity Verification: For your security, a valid debit or credit card must be charged $1.00.”

That is a direct copy-and-paste from the website. Look at it again.

….For my security… I must be charged a dollar? After I filled out 4 other pages? My credit-card company might notify me of a single round dollar being charged to my card. It will ping on their professional Scammer-Alert radar. This is exactly how fake web-pages, Craigslist and email scammers operate. They don’t reveal their plan until later in the game when you’re a little bought into the process. I remember coming across a scammer page once which had an “about” section, a “history” and a “who we are” and it still wasn’t real. I thought to myself, if they put as much effort into a legitimate business, they could probably succeed. But all they wanted to do was steal money from unsuspecting people.

I was confused. The web-page was https, but it was also a .com, rather than .org or .gov which did nothing to allay my suspicions, so I did a search. There were a lot of other people wondering if this was a scam, but it appeared that it wasn’t. Which was still confusing. Why would an organization like the United States Postal Office have such a shady tactic? There are a lot of other ways to “be secure”. If you need money, they just say it costs a dollar. Hell, charge five dollars. It has to cost something for you to change people’s addresses, even if you have a vested interest in keeping an up-to-date mailing system complete with correct addresses. People might pay it.

But not if it say “Identity Verification: For your security, a valid debit or credit card must be charged $1.00.”

That’s just stupid. Identify some way that doesn’t make people think your going to steal their credit card information and buy a plasma TV. Charge a dollar in an honest way.

I don’t think government sponsored enterprises are inherently inferior to other enterprises, and I don’t think the Post Office is, on the whole, so inefficient. I have very rarely had problems with my mail, receiving or sending, and it is usually earlier than the estimated time. I am impressed that I can send a letter to New York and it is there in about three days. That’s faster than I could get there if it was the only thing I had to do.

But this is dumb. Sorry. Change it. Now.

Perhaps this is also for Nagisa Manabe, Joseph Corbett, and Megan J. Brennan. Forward it on.
Out This Week! One Family and More!

Check out the beautifully illustrated picture books out this week and their equally as beautiful messages.

Picture Books

One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez

Just how many things can “one” be?

One box of crayons.

One batch of cookies.

One world.

One family.

From veteran picture book author George Shannon and up-and-coming artist Blanca Gomez comes a playful, interactive book that shows how a family can be big or small and comprised of people of a range of genders and races.

(Click the links for information on each book, including a look inside and many more!)

More Picture Books

Redwoods by Jason Chin

Water is Water by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin

Duck’s Vacation by Gilad Soffer

Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass

Middle Grade Books

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Indy 500 parade, Paul George and Frank Vogel are really cool and actually talk to the fans, Oscar Robertson I respect him as a legend in basketball but as a person he is a jerk who needs to work on his people skills


Vernissage: Friday, May 1st (Gallery Weekend) 2015: 6pm-Midnight

Gallery 161
Torstrasse 10115 – Berlin (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)

Exhibition Hours: Saturday through Tuesday, May 2nd and May 5th, 12pm-5pm

The New International Society:
Jef Bourgeau (United States) Taurus Burns (United States) Adnan Charara (Lebanon) Bruce Giffin (United States) Jessica Hopkins (United States) Eoin Llewellyn (Ireland) Dean Monogenis (United States) Ilya Noé (Mexico) Daniel Permanetter (Germany) Pepa Prieto (Spain) Edouard Steinhauer (Haiti) RM Vaughan, Jared Mitchell & Keith Cole (Canada) Paul Vogeler (United States)

After the successful completion of the Berlin part of this exhibition, the show will then travel to Detroit and will be presented in September 2015 at the Detroit Museum of New Art (MONA).

The exhibition is curated by Paul Vogeler, Edouard Steinhauer, and the artists themselves. But for further questions and inquiries please contact Paul: or Ed:


This is a polite “Fuck You” in the face of elitism, authority, and the outright commercialization, celebritization, and monetization of art! Rejected officially from the Gallery Weekend Program (reserved only for an elitist Berlin Clique of Galleries who pay the correct fee upwards of 10,000 Euros), the New Internationalists remind
everyone to step back and remember what it means to be an artist: to create beauty and to continually re-ignite the artists true and inherent revolutionary spirit. NIS seeks partly to take the power out of the hands of Galleries, Curators, and Marketeers, and put it back into the hands of artists.
The commercialization and monetization of art has contributed to the demise of craft, skill, and our very relationship to aesthetic beauty. Institutions of learning where overt conceptualism and commercialization of oneself have been taught also increase this loss of craft and technique. Emphasis has too much been placed on selling, networking, and internal politics at the expense of authenticity, technique, and originality— succumbing to careerism, many artists have lost courage and become hesitant sheep or have produced market ready goods labeled as art.
Key to the statement of NIS is object over the idea. Like Germany´s previous Neue Sachlichkeit, the New International Society seeks to “transition into a new realism, a new objective reality, a new universal aesthetic of
quantum consciences…” (NIS Golden Record) and includes artists spanning numerous media, continents, and generations—the first collective of its kind. Paul Vogeler, Marina Arbenz, and Edouard Steinhauer founded the New International Society in 2015 as a way to expand upon the The New Berlin Painters, bringing both a new international group and a new variety of media to Berlin.
United by humanist principles and the act of creation, the New Internationalists put forth a new model: artist run initiatives: exhibitions curated by artists for artists, funded by those artists, and presented by those artists for all;
New Schools and Museums opened and managed by those very artists. “We seek to encourage a new model free from the obligations and the politics of institutions, curators, galleries, collectors and the market.” For the New Internationalists, this is just the beginning.