Monthly Archives: August 2014

Renee Dahl: Barbie’s BFF

For the NY Times piece, I had interviewed Renee Dahl. I felt the article didn’t really cover the world that IS Renee Dahl in any real way – a world devoted to Barbie – and its meaning to society as a whole (the article was about the Hamptons’ light). I hope to own one of Renee’s works some day, but until then, I will let my photos speak for themselves.  I will just say that although the beauty on the […]

A Refuge of Natural Light

My first feature for the New York Times came out online today and will be in the Metro section of the New York Times tomorrow. But you can read it here by downloading it as a pdf. Here are some images that I took during my interview with Terrie Sultan, Director, at The Parrish Art Museum.   Photos: ©2014 Ty Wenzel

A Little Something For The Citiots!

Spotted at Carvel in Bridgehampton, NY.

Douchebag Revolution (Hamptons Style)

This was originally published in East Hampton Patch. It’s official.  Douchebag spotters has gone viral.  And it has competitors.  It seems that locals have had enough and we are not going to take it anymore.  The internet is the perfect venue to spew everything from our head-scratching WTFs to our road-rage moments that could so easily go wrong.  So venting is good. I am having a love/hate relationship with it, personally.  I, like most people, am not a fan of […]

La Luna

I keep thinking about the super moon last weekend. Is it possible that it was that lovely powerful moon that continues to keep feelings of everyone around me low and easily irritable? Some people are always hyper, but for me, the moon was so uplifting and inspiring. I loved taking this photo… Just wished I had my tripod.

New York Times

My two New York Times mini articles for Room for Debate plus one that I was interviewed for:

The Surly Moral World Of Michel Houellebecq

I never felt so naked in my life. I spot Michel Houellebecq sitting at the table waiting patiently for the interview to start  when I show up with a colleague and my husband, Kurt.  A few yards away, I observed him carefully.  A 40-something, small, slouchy, balding, non-descript man wearing a dreary tan jacket.  He is looking down and quite bored with the situation.  I’ve seen that look on many a Frenchman, you know, the “I could be doing something […]

Jimi Goodwin of the Doves

The whole time I’m driving, I’m thinking it’s electrifying that in a few short hours I’ll be face to face with Doves, one of my favorite bands of the prevailing year. I didn’t get in on the interviews during their last US excursion, but managed to weasel my way in this time around. Doing 85 on the LIE, I tell myself that 110 miles of white line and traffic is well worth even fifteen minutes with Doves frontman, Jimi Goodwin. […]

Chuck Palaniuk Is A Famous Writer

Chuck Palahniuk is a famous writer. Who would have thought it? At Privy we’re dedicated to championing the gratuitously overlooked, the foolishly ignored, but by the time we met up with Chuck Palahniuk at Balthazaar Restaurant in New York City this June, the “cult” writer could no longer be referred to as such. Two nights before he had read at the Barnes and Noble at Union Square, and the crowd was so overwhelming that late arrivals were reduced to peaking […]

Intercontinental Interpol

You may have read my interview with The Delgados in the past issue, and if you had, you would know that opening for their show the night of the interview was an ’80s influenced band – Joy Division inspired to be exact – called Interpol. I have to admit I wasn’t knocked out right away but I was after all, waiting to see the coolest and most progressively entrepreneurial band from Glasgow. I am on the balcony watching Alun and […]

A Phoner With Spoon

Absolutely everything went wrong with this interview. Britt Daniel and I played e-mail tag until we finally got it together to meet at an Irving Plaza Guided by Voices show for which Spoon was opening. I sent the final confirmation e-mail and I got no reply. Huh? The last few e-mails seemed so definite. I was pissed. I thought, once again, in classic rock and roll tradition, I’m getting a snow-job from a lead singer on one of his little […]

The Delgados

I met up with The Delgados at their final show in the states. They recently completed a grueling tour covering major cities and seeing the real and not so real America. I’ll explain later. Guillermo Nanni and I headed for The Knitting Factory in Tribeca, quite excited to talk with the most talked about band from Glasgow, following the great success of their newest release, The Great Eastern. We sat in the café waiting for the big van to show […]

Rob Schnapf Producer

On Election Day, I was on my way to the West Village to cast my vote when I stopped by the studio where Guided By Voices was recording their upcoming release, Isolation Drills (due to release April 3rd/TVT Records). After our last interview, Bob Pollard had become a pal and so I’d wanted to drop off a gift for him (I had missed his pizza and unlimited beer-fest on his real birthday – on Halloween, fittingly enough.) When I gave […]

In the drink with GUIDED BY VOICES

Dinner with Guided By Voices? Dinner with GBV? This is the daunting and unlikely prospect we are confronted with on a recent night in NYC. On behalf of Privy Magazine, my wife, Ty and I have requested an interview with indie-legend Bob Pollard. What better way, we ask, to launch the debut issue of a magazine dedicated to celebrating unsung art heroes than with the lead singer of the best and most unsung rock band on Earth? After much friendly […]

Greg Dulli’s Moment of Twilight

So I find myself sitting on a toilet in an East Village bar called DBA (the watering hole of my husband’s single days).  I look around for some toilet paper and low and behold – what do I see?  Poetry all over the walls written by hundreds of women during their powder room romps.  As I’m reading away, one thing just pops out.  DULLI YOU SEXY MOTHERFUCKER!  and DULLI RULES!  I laugh mainly because I agree and I had just […]

The Many Faces of Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris is an enigma. She’s beautiful, in the seventeen magazine sense, intelligent and one of the most polite people I’ve ever known. She bakes and sells cupcakes and cheese balls, for God’s sake! But when she’s on, that is, when she’s in character, she is the most twisted person you will ever meet. She is not beyond cursing like a truck driver, wearing fat suits, painting her pretty face with bloody open gashes and black, bruised eyes; and will […]