Things I care about today.


Public parks, like the Hudson River Park.  I love that on a gorgeous day like today, my neighbors and I can step away from the chaos of the city, listen to the water lap at the piers, and watch boats go by.

Public art, like whatever the hell this thing is in the meatpacking district across from the Apple store.

Oh.  Well I guess that explains it then.

Hilarious signs in the windows of gay and drag bars on Christopher Street.

No shirt, no pants, better service.

Good wine.  This is a sign outside of a new wine shop in my neighborhood.  It might as well be the Palace motto.

Secular thrift stores, like Housing Works.  Its mission is to “end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.”  Unfortunately these efforts are vitally necessary, because my city, state and federal governments have shown themselves to be indifferent at best, and contemptuous at worst, about seriously addressing these epic human tragedies.  (Unlike religiously affiliated organizations like The Salvation Army, the finances of Housing Works are transparent: you can see their financial disclosures here.)

If I need something, I go there.  A flower vase ($2).  A summer skirt ($12).  A picture frame ($6).  A wine rack ($20).  If I have something in my closet I haven’t worn in over a year, I donate it there.  Win-win-win.

My awesome coffee mug collection, (mostly) courtesy of Housing Works.

Happy kittehs in store windows.


I do not give a rat’s ass about the orgy of greed, racism, more racism and misogyny that is the Republican National Convention.

Have a lovely evening.

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About Iris Vander Pluym

Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

1 thought on “Things I care about today.

  1. Very nice – you ought to do this more often. Makes me want to do the same thing in Asheville, one of my favorite places to visit. I won’t be watching the Republican Convention, which embodies just about everything I deplore in American politics and culture. A lot of nasty shit there would just make me testy. I’ll read about it later in a context of informed criticism.

    Thanks for the entertaining photo tour.

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