When I was a hooker living in New York in the late-nineties, I made a weekly pilgrimage to the offices of NEXT Magazine to pay for my ad (in cash, of course). At the time, the office was on Varick Street right by the Holland Tunnel, with some of the worst pollution in New York City, and after surviving the car exhaust I would take the elevator up to a windowless office with ‘70s wood-paneling (and maybe even brown carpet?) to hand over my cash before escaping back into the world. At the time, NEXT was in fierce competition with HX, the other glossy & vacuous weekly gay magazine filled with full-page ads for the latest muscleboy hotspots. NEXT owned the printing press (or at least it was in the same building), so eventually that’s the club mag that prevailed (I also went to the office of HX to pay for my ads, but that’s another story). Anyway, I never imagined NEXT would publish anything other than crass consumerism (let alone a critique of the gay consumerist mindset!), so it’s nice to see this short and clear opinion piece by NEXT Associate Editor featuring quotes from Yasmin Nair and myself (and, of course, announcing our new line of g-strings for Dolce & Gabbana). To more anti-assimilationist analysis in surprising spaces, please!!!