…there is a great compilation called "I Remember" by the artist Joe Brainard. I highly recommend it…He wrote it at least 40 years ago…Joe is now dead. I remember meeting Joe a few times at a bar in the Village called the 9th Circle…Jackie Curtis and Hollywoodlawn were regulars there along with me and countless young gay hippies. I remember getting into a ruckus at the 9th Circle one night because I had downed one too many 75 cent Budweisers and I had on a leather jacket and felt tough…I never wore the leather jacket again…it was too menacing….I have included a photo here that floats around my studio as a reminder of my youth…that is me on the left with three friends in Oklahoma…the other boy was my best friend. His name was Stevie…Stevie died two years after this photo was taken…leukemia…I remember Stevie for many reasons…he touched me so deeply as a young boy…his spontaneous abandon! This photo was taken in May of 1967…three months later I took LSD for the first time…I remember the abrupt changes in my life…I remember new doors opening…today I remember…yes, today I remember Stevie and the 9th Circle and Joe Brainard and Warhol Superstars and leather jackets and vanishing hippies and leukemia and Budweisers and Greenwich Village and Oklahoma summers and change……I remember all of it….