Category Archives: Sin

Times Square Babylon Then

Rent boys. Hookers on the Strip. Flesh peddlers. Martinis at Hojos. And let’s not forget the pimps. And now. No more Babylon. But it was something. And we all knew that.

Oh Poor Babylon

This month I’ve had a number of opportunities to pass through Times Square. Each time I’m shocked by the gross commercialization of an infamous sex entrepot. Go-Go bars have been replaced by Starbucks. Old movie theaters are shopping malls for uniform fashion and tawdry clip joints have been replaced by mainstream eateries serving GMO food. […]

Hands Off Ramadan

Evil lurked everywhere in 1965 and our 7th Grade Catholic school teacher, Sister Mary Josef, warned her male students in a special assembly that masturbation not only condemned boys to hell, but repeated self-abuse led to hair sprouting from our palms and in the worst case scenario, blindness. “Idle hands are the tools of the […]

Combat Zone Amnesia

In the 60s urban social scientists in Boston created an adult entertainment area between the bus station on Boylston Street and Chinatown to contain the wickedness of mankind. The experiment green-lighted prostitution, drag queens, piano bars, go-go bars, rent boys, and pornography along Washington Street and the adjacent blocks. The Boston Record-American newspaper labeled haven […]

No Homos in Iran

Several years ago a Bangkok police commissioner visited Pattaya to officially survey the night life. A Bangkok reporter asked, “What are your views on prostitution in Pattaya?” “Prostituition?” The top copper was wearing sunglasses on Walking Street. “All I see are young people having fun.” His response harvested a chorus of hearty chuckles from longtime Pattaya residents, but nothing […]