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Mayor Taylor Swift? Newly Published List Reveals Surprising Celebrity Write-Ins for N.Y.C. Mayor

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio won a second term a few weeks ago — despite, as it turns out, having some pretty famous competition.

A list of all the people who received votes in the 2017 N.Y.C. mayoral election was released by the city’s Board of Elections on Wednesday, and it has a few familiar names on it. Quite a few, in fact: Though there was a lighter turnout for this year’s mayoral election than in years past, The New York Times reported that there were more write-in votes than ever.

And it turns out there are a lot of big names that New Yorkers would like to see move into Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence.

DeBlasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, was the most popular write-in candidate, nabbing almost 1,000 votes. Hillary Clinton was a popular write-in candidate, too, receiving 240 votes city-wide. Barack Obama got a few votes, as well. So did Michelle Obama. And the other famous names?

Well, there were plenty from the entertainment world, including:

Taylor Swift.

New York (and global) icon of screen and stage Barbra Streisand.

Red-sweater-wearing, debate-question-asking, undecided voter Ken Bone.

Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David.

Soul singer Nina Simone, who has been dead for almost 15 years.

Rihanna, with her full name, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, included in the ballot.

Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel.

Bill Murray, possibly from a ghost-fearing New Yorker.

Radio host Howard Stern.

Broad City star Ilana Glazer.

Bette Midler, who is currently performing on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!

Beyoncé, with a surprisingly low five votes.

Composer Stephen Sondheim.

Bruce Springsteen, though his name was spelled incorrectly.

The late David Bowie.

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver.

Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards.

Lady Gaga.

Actor Nicholas Cage.

Writer Norman Mailer.

Late Night host Seth Meyers.

Susan Sarandon.

National treasure Tom Hanks.

Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

Late Show host Stephen Colbert.

There were also some other political figures, including:

Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

DeBlasio’s wife, the current first lady of New York, Charlaine McCray.

Former (and deceased) president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Disgraced former congressman (and former N.Y.C. candidate for mayor) Anthony Weiner.

His estranged wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, got a vote too.

New York senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

And New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand.

Former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile.

Current President Donald Trump.

The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

And former Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, despite his comments about “New York values.”

Former President Bill Clinton.

Political pundits also got a few votes:

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.

And another MSNBC personality, Lawrence O’Donnell.

NBC News foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski.

And a few names that fit in no particular category:

Jesus Christ, with three votes.

Daffy Duck and Donald Duck.

The N.Y.C. neighborhood of Murray Hill.

Scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

The actual Iron Man, Tony Stark.

Congratulations to all; You may not be running the city, but at least one New Yorker wants you in charge.

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Getting Your Photography Published 2.0


Firstly, let me say that I have written about this topic before – hence the 2.0. Regardless, it is still the number one question I get asked, “How did you publish your photography? What can I do to get my work published?” There no simple answer to these questions. However, there are a number of things you can do, and a few things you shouldn’t do, that are worth pointing out.

Do you have a project worth publishing? This is perhaps the most important first step. Answer this question not only with honesty, but with the input of others, ideally a professional editor. You would be surprised at the number of “press-ready” projects I see that are, if anything, absolutely not ready for publication. Publishing a book of photography has to be more than merely making a photo album and then sending it out into the world. The narrative needs to be tight, there needs to be a story. You also need to make sure the work is well edited. If your project contains two hundred images, you should aim to publish around fifty or sixty, not the entire two hundred. Photographers often drown out their good work in a sea of “okay” work. This is a very common mistake. Be selective and edit without mercy, then, do it again! Also, like I said, seek help. Portfolio reviews are one of the best ways to do this. Many photographers, including myself, offer portfolio reviews for peers and friends. It’s not me saying I know more than you, it’s me saying as a fellow photographer – a peer – allow me to review you work and provide you with a sober second opinion. Shelve the ego from the very beginning or you will never make it to press!

Next, I highly recommend making a mockup book. Use a self-publishing service like Blurb or Lulu and make a book which represents, as closely as possible, what it is that you want the actual publisher to produce. Publishers will be able to actually see what you are proposing, rather than simply a pile of photos. This process may also help you to see what it is you have and whether or not you feel it is the right moment to press ahead with the work.

Consider your proposal from an outsiders point of view. Are you known as a photographer? If not, what makes you feel your work would be of interest to anyone, especially at a cost? Publishers are not into stroking egos, so you will have to find something about your work which is unique and attractive from a business point of view. Remember, presses, even small ones, are in for a profit. Even “nonprofit” presses frown upon publishing books which are nothing more than a colossal expense. If you’ve never been published in magazines, or exhibited in galleries, chances are your project will be a hard sell to a traditional publisher. Rather than chasing this impossible dream, I recommend spending more time entering contests and submitting to magazines and galleries to try and build a better resume prior to approaching a book-length project. There are also other alternatives too.

Artist books are a great alternative. That is, produce the book yourself. Self-publishing is not to be discounted. It’s true that there is still some stigma attached to this route in the literary word, but that is not the case with art and photography. Photographers have been publishing their own work from the very beginning. Famous photographers like Martin Parr have been at this for decades with great success. Because the books are more objets d’art, and less books, they usually accumulate higher value. Some of Parr’s out-of-print books sell for hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Because you are in control, and are usually producing in small numbers, you can produce books which are of a higher quality. Milk Books is a great service for this option. Produce in a limited number and hand-sign and number your books. This method has often been more successful and profitable for many photographers anyway.

Whatever you do, don’t simply mass mail your book project out to every press you can find on the internet. This is a waste of time, money (in the case of mockups) and you will likely also annoy editors and publishers, who will not be so quick to forget your name. Be careful, your career will hopefully be long and successful. Just because Taschen doesn’t want to publish your book today, doesn’t mean they won’t want it a decade later. As is the case with everyone, they save databases of correspondence, if you tell them off now, you may regret it later on. Be smart. Submit appropriate mockups that are truly ready for publication to selective presses. If you get several rejections this is not an indication that presses are evil and you should teach them a nasty lesson in a hastily written email, it is rather an indication that likely your work is not ready for book form.


I asked my own publisher to weigh in with his thoughts on this process. Here’s what Joe Pan, publisher at Brooklyn Arts Press, had to say:

“Style in photography is elusive, meaning it’s incredibly difficult for a photographer to develop a style that doesn’t come off as a direct emulation of a more well-established photographer. Plus, we’ve been overexposed to images our whole life, so finding true unique qualities in photography is rare. That said, when someone is capturing something in a way that works on a deeper level, it leaves you breathless. That’s the mark, when it hits you like the perfect haiku, bewilderment borne somehow from the common. You can deconstruct a photo a hundred ways, yet you can’t deconstruct so easily presence of mind, or the architecture of urgency, or a gaze’s natural empathy, each of which any person standing in front of a photograph for the first time can experience without being told what to expect. When looking over photography books for BAP, we look for these indescribable qualities made present. The biggest mistake, honestly, is people thinking they’re ready for a book when they aren’t. Or misunderstanding how images in close proximity are speaking to each other, or purposefully clashing, or aren’t speaking at all. In terms of what MUST be present: vision.”

Indeed, Joe has nailed it. Most projects are premature. Successful books of photography are almost always produced by photographers who have developed a distinct and recognizable style of photography. It also has to be somewhat innovative in approach, that is you don’t have to be unique, but no one is interested in publishing a Gilden copycat either. Be different. Take time to find out what that means in terms of your work. It took me many years of all kinds of approaches and techniques to develop my style. I only knew I was finally onto something when I began to see photographers copying me. Imitation being the highest form of flattery, right? It was still annoying, but it told me to press ahead as something was happening. I also received a lot of criticism, both positive and negative. That too indicates some degree of success. No one is interested in criticizing work that is pointless and irrelevant because it is unnoticed to begin with. No, people criticize work because it is coming up on the radar. As Andy Warhol used to say, “I measure criticism by the inch”.

Artist Chuck Close offers some good insight here too. He comments in the documentary, Smash His Camera that “photography is the easiest medium in which to become competent. Anybody can take a competent picture, but it’s the hardest medium in which to express some kind of personal vision. The fact that you can have something that is recognizable from 50 feet across the gallery, like an Arbus or a Penn, it means they really have done something.” Does your work have that recognizable quality that is your own? If not, maybe continue to work on your craft and style. If you do have this, perhaps it is time to look toward publication and getting that work into a permanent home.

So, you do in fact land a book deal. Great. Beware of the publishing process. You will not be in control, the publisher will. You may, especially if you work with a small press, have some input into cover image and title etc., but often times you will not. You must be ready to sacrifice your work to a compromise. You also need to be prepared to do a lot of leg work. Unless you are with Steidl, you will be the one doing most of the promotion and selling. This may even be formally stated in your contract. However, if it isn’t don’t think for a second that any press is going to be amused with your hands off artiste approach. If you don’t think you can sell your book, don’t publish it. Simple. Furthermore, realize that no books, especially today with democratic access to publishing, sell themselves. It just doesn’t happen. Publishing a book and calling it a day is like digging a hole and burying your photography. Think about all this stuff carefully. Perhaps you don’t even want a book!

Finally, one of the biggest things you can do to help get your book of photography published is to BUY PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS. I’m not talking about the classics either. Those books have already paid for themselves and the photographers, for the most part, are dead. I mean buy books by emerging artists, by your peers. If you’re not interested in buying a book of photography what makes you think anyone is going to run out to the Strand and buy yours? Photography should be about community and supporting one another in a way which, collectively, benefits everyone. If everybody is merely self-absorbed, jealous, and too cheap to buy a book, then nothing is going to happen for anyone. Game over.

Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer and photographer. He has two full-length books of street photography, “The Human Fragment” and “Michael Sweet’s Coney Island” both from Brooklyn Arts Press in New York. Follow Michael on Facebook or through his website.

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India May Have Just Published Its First ‘Gay Groom Wanted’ Ad

An newspaper in India — where gay sex was made a criminal offense in 2013 — just ran what may be the country’s first man-seeking-man matrimonial ad.

The ad, which ran this week in MiD DAY, an English-language newspaper in India, seeks a husband for Mumbai-based equal rights activist Harish Iyer. Iyer’s mother submitted the ad and was rejected by three other publications before MiD DAY accepted it.

In a Facebook post, Iyer thanked MiD DAY and its editor, Sachin Kalbag, and shared an image of the ad originally posted by Gaysi Family, an India-based gay rights group.

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The ad, which reads, “Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”) who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred),” was rejected by The Times of India, The Hindustan Times and the website dna, Iyer told BuzzFeed.

None of those publications responded immediately to HuffPost’s request for comment.

The ad has sparked some criticism for its closing parenthetical, “Though IYER Preferred.” Iyers are an upper-class rank of India’s caste system with which Iyer shares a name. He defended that portion of the ad to HuffPost India, saying it was a way for his family to try and match him with someone of a similar upbringing.

“My Mom would be happy if it was a Dalit Muslim yet vegetarian and animal loving guy,” Iyer said. “But she would love it if he happens to come from a familiar territory that she knows about. So, not really caste discrimination. It’s like you (author) saying that I would love people from any caste as an alliance, but I would love to enjoy machher jhol (fish curry, a Bengali staple) with him if he was Bengali.”

Although The Times of India refused to print the ad, it interviewed Iyer about his decision to create one.

“My mom worries about me too much,” he told the paper. “She is constantly thinking that I am getting old, will be alone, and all those concerns a mother has. So, she and I had a discussion last week and decided to go ahead with placing a matrimonial ad looking for a gay person.”

“My mum called me this morning saying three people have responded so far,” Iyer continued. “She asked me what to do next, how to proceed, so I told her, ‘proceed like you would have if you were looking for a girl for me.'”

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Kalbag said running the ad was a no-brainer.

“A marriage is a meeting of minds, of souls,” he wrote. “At mid-day, we believe that human rights should be applicable to all, regardless of religion, caste, colour, sexual orientation, etc. Therefore, a mother seeking a union for her gay son is perfectly normal. Why should it be any different? In fact, why should we even be talking about it? In an equal society, which we all strive for, this should be routine.”

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