Sir Andre Bemler

We here at Sensitive Skin don't like to delve into politics because, well, really, who gives a shit? But given all the controversy over the death of Osama Bin Laden - was he armed or not? Were we trying to capture him or ...

Melissa Febos

Tay Tay was my first friend in Bed Stuy. She stole my money, nearly got me kicked out of my apartment, and ultimately exposed the depth of my self-delusion, but she stuck around. Tay Tay, she was like glue. Let me explain...

Jose Padua

I could write a poem about Thelonius Monk by saying how he bent notes, or how Uri Geller bent spoons, how his jagged rhythms took   you by surprise, how it’s hard to believe these phrases, or by tryin...

Jonathan Shaw

Rock bottom in America. Sitting in a third-rate L.A. titty bar on a rainy winter night a few days before this Christmas of the Apocalypse. "What the fuck in Jesus's underwear am I doing in this wretched hell pit, sitti...

Sir Andre Bemler

I haven't watched South Park on any kind of regular basis for years. But Matt and Trey still got it - the ability to create cogent and acerbic social commentary that at the same time is revolting and juvenile. Yay! So - how ...

City Of Strangers

If we ever colonize Mars, our settlements will look a lot like Santee Town Center. The heart of Santee, CA, on San Diego’s eastern edge, is a series of interlocking strip malls, the big box monster kind, abutted with...

Bernard Meisler

Billy Bang, the great jazz violinist, moved on to the next plane, April 11, 2011. When I first came to New York, in the early 80s, Bang was the man in the LES jazz scene. Bang was born in Alabama as Billy Walker, but as a...

Bernard Meisler

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, accomplished what is perhaps the single greatest achievement in the history of sports - he pitched a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. Apparently ...

bart plantenga

previous Beer Mystic Excerpt #43: BLACK BILE PRESS [Ottowa] Furman Pivo believes he [plus beer] may be the cause of a rash of streetlight outages. This sense of empowerment transforms him into the Beer Mystic. He has ...