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[2 Sep 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Rieslings and Rhinoceri Edition

Your Managing Editor fell asleep on his desk this afternoon with a nice dry German wine and a Firefox window full of science blogs in front of him, so you get to read about evolutionary trends in Pleistocene megafauna. As he asks the other 9.1% of unemployed Americans about cheaper, more social ways to kill time on Friday afternoons, check out some highlights from this week’s content:

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[26 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | ]

You know what makes it hard to write sex jokes on a Friday afternoon? Paralyzing, recurrent earthquake-induced anxiety attacks, and the acute Kantian terror of seeing a giant uncaring death spiral lurch toward the cities and people you love. TNG promises puns next week so long as D.C. isn’t reduced to a fetid slurry of salt water, pulverized marble, and broken flesh. God damn.

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[19 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Fudgepackers of the World Unite! Edition

Slaving over a hot laptop for hours every day, pausing only for routine masturbation and mid-afternoon Irish coffees, means that TNG is more sensitive to labor and workplace struggles than the rest of the gay blogosphere combined. You can only imagine, then, the kinds of tears we managed to squeeze out of our horrifically exploited glands when this news came up in our facebook feed:

Foreign Students in Work Visa Program Stage Walkout at Plant

PALMYRA, Pa. — Hundreds of foreign students, waving their fists and shouting defiantly in many languages, walked off their jobs on Wednesday at a plant here that packs Hershey’s chocolates, saying a summer program that was supposed to be a cultural exchange had instead turned them into underpaid labor.

… When [one student] was offered a contract for a job at a plant with Hershey’s chocolates, she said, she was excited. “We have all seen Charlie’s chocolate factory,” she said. “We thought, ‘This is good.’ ”

We knew American capitalism was in a tough spot, but the shit is outright Dickensian. Now TNG is going to have to buy our Valentine’s Day candy at Whole Foods instead of CVS, lest we risk the political ire of whatever lefty we’re blowing regularly come February, even it means forfeiting the right to say things like “I like my chocolate packed by 19-year-old Turkish guest workers,” which after our semester abroad in Berlin we were used to saying with impunity. Probably the most shocking part the story is that undergraduates were actually engaged, however briefly, in some socially productive activity. If TNG had majored in candybar wrapping instead of the humanities, maybe we wouldn’t be in our pajamas right now, covered in cookie crumbs, wondering why we’re poor and single.

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[12 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Young Man and the Sea Edition

World capitalism continues its slow, beautiful, cabaret-tragic, compellingly Winehousean downward spiral of self-destruction. TNG does not care. TNG has been at the gay beach wrangling three-ways with our friends Jim Beam and Jose Cuervo since Wednesday, and the closest we’ve come to “economics” for 72 hours has been drunkenly totaling ice cream calories on our Iphones. “Blogging” means we didn’t even have to take vacation days for this. If this makes you feel any envy at all, it’s because you haven’t seen our checking account statements.

If you knew how early and hungover we had to get up this morning to compile a list of this week’s top articles, you’d read them all out of guilt:

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[5 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Dow, Down, Downer Edition

Dealing with stock market crashes when you’re young, poor, and politically left is like dealing with a girlfriend’s menstrual cramps when you’re young, gay, and sexually frustrated: … you know what, actually? TNG refuses to limit itself to a punchline on this one, so fecund is the comparison. Plus we’ve not really ended happy hour since yesterday afternoon when we found out that the Dow Jones lost 500 points and our yuppie friends started filling our facebook feed with sad emoticons and references to something called a “401(k).” We’re just glad we put everything we had into beer and used Sartre hardbacks before the market tanked.

As you wander the burnt-out ruins of financial capitalism for, like, the seventeenth time this century, review some highlights from this week’s content:

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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
If At First You Don’t Recede edition

TNG is really tired of having to pretend this shit is funny. After the announcement of another American semi-recession and levels of growth sluggish enough to make Gore Vidal’s erections seem spirited, congressional Republicans are days away from Hindenberging/Titanicking/American Airlines Flight 11ing/Other Insensitive Historical Collision Referencing our economy into the debt ceiling and gutting the social safety net that decent caring civilized human beings took a century to build. What does this mean for the average queer working stiff? Rail drinks, and lots of them, because you won’t be able to afford anything else for another decade or so. Better yet, buy the cheap stuff and mix at home – make sure you spring for the glass bottle, though, because plastic doesn’t fragment effectively in Molotov cocktails.

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[27 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
Political Writing Opportunity

How could a gay blog outfit based in DC be hungry for political writers? Hasn’t TNG hooked up with enough enterprising Gay Inc. interns by now to fill a Netroots Nation conference room, much less to rope some hapless powertwink into posting a few hundred words each week about things like gay barbarian terrorist hordes glitterimmolating in Marcus Bachmann’s waiting room? Ah, but there’s the rub: those are are the only people we’ve hooked up with, mostly because they were the only ones who could afford to buy us drinks, and they are all boring in print, because they write press releases for a living and have real jobs to worry about.

TNG seeks hot, fresh political perspectives outside the mainstream to deepen and diversify our content. The farther outside the K Street spectrum of marriage equality, adoption, and ENDA you’re willing to write, the better: from pissing off rich old queens to courting fascism to analyzing class conflict to building queer-anti-imperial solidarity to pissing off rich old queens, we push the envelope because we aren’t sucking financial cum from the corruption-swollen cock of corporate America and its sellout gay bourgeois liberal-establishment enablers believe firmly in the democratic potential of free, independent media. So hit us up at submit@thenewgay.net, and we’ll be in touch!

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[25 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Peter and Pedro Postpone Procrastination

Some queer kids in Berlin for the summer need some cash or something, and could use your help. Peter and Pedro are two pretty young things working on a postporn (don’t worry, TNG had to Google it, too) photography/illustration book to be published by the end of the summer, and have set up a Kickstarter crowdfunding page to help with costs. Why should I care? you might ask yourself as you hurtle recklessly down the queer blogosphere queer rabbit hole on a trajectory that can only end with Xtube, a flame war with Larry Kramer, or some unexpectedly arousing combination of the two. Because their stuff is fuckin’ awesome is why – a postglam junkyard Nan Goldin sort of affair with a rusted glitter sensibility resonant for all of us trying to make beauty in the smoldering wreckage of neoliberalism.

Check out some of their work (NSFW-ish, maybe, for those of you toiling unsympathetically in corporate drag:)

Ideas, In Case You Missed It »

[22 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Fur-enheit 451 edition

If you’re reading these words with unmelted corneas, it’s from somewhere less hot than eastern North America – the Sahara perhaps, or the inside of a post-meltdown Fukushimi Daiichi reactor, or the space between Marcus Bachmann’s superego and groin at a college wrestling tournament. If so, congratulations on being in a place where wearing more than briefs is as comfortable as it is socially mandated: TNG has been naked in its unairconditioned bedroom all day eating Otter Pops and debating whether or not a 110 degree heat index is nature’s way of telling us we should shave our chest hair, and is terribly envious of you. Seriously – it smells like water buffalo have been fighting in here.

As we sweatily regret not being able to work cultural references to “Disco Inferno” and “Paris is Burning” into this week’s Week in Review, check out some highlights from the past seven days’ content:

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[20 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Music Writing Opportunity

Hey you there, sitting in the undercultured gloom of your office/coffeehouse/leather dungeon, slaving industriously over a hot desktop/laptop/slave: do you want more from life? Tired of the grinding, thankless wage slavery neoliberalism has saddled you with? Bogged down by petty workplace conservatism and stiflingly old-fashioned rules like “no whiskey and Bowie discographies before lunch?” Fancy yourself handy with a keyboard, an iTunes music library, and an online thesaurus?

Then look no further! TheNewGay is in the market for new music writing talent, and we want to hear from you. Free concert tickets, rock star parties, and industry connections can all be yours for the low price of a few hundred thoughtful interview words a week. Drop us a line at submit@thenewgay.net, and we”ll be in touch.