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Ali MacGraw
On Grace, Gray Hair, and Gratitude

(And, yeah, Steve McQueen, too)

Ali MacGraw by Man Repeller photographer Edith Young. 2017

A few months ago on my Facebook page, I posted this photo of Ali MacGraw that Edith Young shot for manrepeller.com to go along with a story about the socially conscious fashion movement Ibu for which Ali is an “ambassador” and now a designer (https://shop.ibumovement.com/collections/ali4ibu).

There were 95,000 likes for the photo on Facebook and it was shared around 33,000 times.  I knew then that Ali had to be the premiere interview for my new online magazine.  She would be the bridge from my Facebook community to this new one here. She graciously agreed. I adore her.  Click below to find out why.

CASSANDRA WILSON CHRISTENS THE SITE WITH AN EXCLUSIVE CHANT

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GETTYS, GOOGLE, GAYS & GAVIN:

WHY CA LT. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM IS MY HOMEBOY


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FOR HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY AND UPCOMING RETROSPECTIVE AT THE MET IN NEW YORK,

A DAVID HOCKNEY COMPENDIUM:

BARRY HUMPHRIES (AKA DAME EDNA), LUCRETIUS, JOHN WATERS, GREG GORMAN, CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD, EDITH DEVANEY, IAN FALCONER, ANDY WARHOL, WALT WHITMAN, EDMUND WHITE, BILLY WILDER, STEPHEN SPENDER

(and Joan Collins)

“Self Portrait, 20 March 2012” iPad Drawing
Collection of the artist. © David Hockney

Taylor Mac photographed by Jason Rodgers.  2014
*First draft for  San Francisco magazine

TAYLOR MAC BRINGS HIS "A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC" TO SAN FRANCISCO THIS MONTH WHERE, HE EXPLAINS, IT ALL BEGAN

(now to explain Taylor Mac*)

Joan Juliet Buck photographed by Alice Springs.  1983

THE CHAT

To inaugurate this series of conversations, Joan Juliet Buck and Courtney Love wonder if writing a memoir relegates a life to the service of narrative or acknowledges narrative as a way to decipher one's life.

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Courtney Love photographed by Chris Nicholls.  2014

THE FORM(AL) TRUTHS OF RICHARD PHIBBS | Photography does more than entice. There is at its essence a verity to its art. In this slideshow of nudes and the natural world, photographer Richard Phibbs serves as a witness. His eye wants to be wanton. And yet it is keen. There in that tension lies the beauty of his work and its welcome.

DIGITALIZED DIALOGUES: SAM SHEPARD, PART ONE

First up in this series - let's call it an archival podcast - is my 1988 interview with Shepard for the September 1988 cover story of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Listen as we talk about riding horses and writing and the rigors of having to hold the cultural reins for a certain sort of macho mystique. Oh, and women too. We talk about women.

Photo by Herb Ritts, 1988 / Courtesy of Herb Ritts Foundation 

Photo by Matt Edge

MY NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE. WELCOME.

Everything has led to this.

 

My time as Executive Editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. My years as a Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair writing cover stories and editing the Fanfair section. The many other magazines I have written for over the years, among them Playboy, Marie Claire, Elle, Out, Travel+Leisure, Allure and Parade. The scores of Q and A’s I did for thedailybeast.com and the theatre reviews I did for towleroad.com. My two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Mississippi Sissy andI Left It on the Mountain. My moving to San Francisco to serve as the founding Editor in Chief of FourTwoNine magazine before moving on to become the Editor at Large of the Curran.

And then there’s my Facebook page.   For the past several years there have been my daily postings there which have engendered a large and loyal following, one I have tried to honor with the quality of my writing and the curation of images and stories. I have looked on it for some time now as a kind of online magazine and viewed it with an editorial eye. I thought therefore it was time actually to create an online magazine separate from it. I am hopeful that my Facebook community forms the basis for this community we will build together here at kevinSessums.com.

I wrestled with the subscription aspect of this endeavor and if charging a nominal fee for the content and the work I plan to devote to this online magazine would, in fact, be honoring the community I am attempting to create and expand upon. I not only value that sense of community I have created over on Facebook but I have also grown to depend on that communal aspect of it. It has sustained me through my first scary days of getting sober, a recent health crisis, and the death of my dear dog Archie. But it has also shared in my many joys and successes over the last few years as well. And that is what I wish for this new venture – that it be joyful and successful.

I have discovered that it doesn’t take that much for me to live the rather simple and solitary life that I lead. I honestly hope that this online magazine will sustain me financially but I also hope it earns enough so that I can invest large amounts of the money back into the site and give you in this community the type of content I envision for you. I want to hire the best writers to contribute alongside my own writing and to present the best photographers and videographers working today.

Thank you for contributing and being a part of this community. I look forward to your company on this new adventure we are about to embark upon. I am excited. And grateful.

Best,

Kevin

BEFORE GOOGLE

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Divine and John Waters

STARS IN BLACK TURTLENECKS

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Charlotte Rampling

SOME JOY

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Nina Simone and James Baldwin

IN THE COMING WEEKS ...

Sally Field. Julianne Moore. Ellen Barkin. Style icon and photographer Lisa Eisner. Writers Armistead Maupin, Julia Reed, George Hodgman, Jesse Kornbluth, Joyce Maynard, Sheila Weller, Mark Childress, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Jennifer Raiser, Benoit Denizet-Lewis and William Norwich. Brendan Lemon talks to director Bartlett Sher. Parts Two and Three of Sam Shepard's Digitalized Dialogue. And Part One of Catherine Deneuve's. And Elizabeth Taylor's. And Bette Midler's.

With Janelle Monae at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills after our tea together

THE MONAE QUOTE

Janelle Monae is a fan of Afrofuturist writer Octavia E. Butler. Each is a cultural and feminist pioneer in her own way. Here is a collection of quotes from them both. See if you can tell which of these remarkable women said what in this “Ms.cellany.”

Octavia E. Butler photographed by Miriam Berkley

AT THIS STAGE:

PERFORMANCES IN NEW YORK THAT I FOUND NOTABLE

These five actors were extraordinary along with Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, and Tony Yazbeck

Q. Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Bryonha Marie Parham, Raphael Nash Thompson, and Chuck Cooper

Guest Columnists

     Photograph of Jodie Foster by Barry Lategan

WE ARE ALL HER FOSTER CHILDREN

The cultural significance of Jodie Foster

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BY M.G. LORD

 

 

Myrna Loy, The Thin Man, directed by W.S. Van Dyke

WELL-SUITED

A knowing androgyny is never anodyne. There is a slyness to its timeless style. Just ask Thom Browne, Paul Poiret, Egypt's fifth pharaoh Hatshepsu, or the children of Renoir's Madame Charpentier.

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BY AMY FINE COLLINS

SF Serial

In the mode of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, this serial In the Land of Start-Ups will introduce you to a fictional cast of San Francisco characters. Get ready for a new chapter each week in this narrative of loss and love and lust – and, yes, lucre.

Morning Memo

My thoughts each day on the political climate in this country. Let’s make this one kind of “climate change” that can’t be denied.   I want to hear your voices too – even those who disagree. Let’s keep the comments civil but lively.   I look forward to our daily conversation.

Meta-Memoir

I’ve never met a memoir I didn’t like. (Ba-dum-bum.) Meet mine in real-time. First up: since so much of this Trump/Russia story reminds me of Watergate here is a reminiscence of those Watergate days when I worked in the Western Auto store as a teenager.

Travel

This is a photo of one of the hauntingly perfect portals to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch. Ali MacGraw wanted to take me there when I visited her in Santa Fe but our schedules didn’t conflate. I visited with other ghosts instead.

Baby Jane Holzer and Andy Warhol, Party at Andy Warhol's Factory, NYC, 1965.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

Jane Holzer opens up about Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Warren Beatty, John Kennedy (yes, JFK!) and her libertine days before she became a real estate mogul with one of the most valuable art collections in the world.

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