Is It Art? Or, Is It Soup?

January 26, 2015 2:50 PM

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Hold the friggin' phone. One, I had a girlfriend; I was not gay. Or, was I? Better yet, I wondered: Was Andy Warhol himself homosexual? Two, I was 100 percent Italian. Was I reacting because these local thugs resembled many of the men in the Calabrian section back home where I'd spent most of my childhood?

In any case, World's Fair visitors themselves found the 13 thugs stern, each and every one, shifty expression-ed; blatantly ugly, they said. Why, some of the convicts even had scary, bruised and swollen faces. But I identified with them, and it was confounding and uncomfortable. What I didn't know a...

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