Israeli-born photographer Elinor Carucci has lived in New York for the past decade, currently in Chelsea. In 2001, she won the International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Young Photographer, and the following year, Closer, a collection of her work, was published. VINCE ALETTI
Who do you share your bed with? My guardian angel, my husband Eran.
What size bed do you sleep in? Queen size.
What brand of sheets do you use? I don’t know the brand, but they’re always 100 percent cotton in either red or blue.
How many pillows? And where did you get them? Just one for each of us, and I took them from my last rented place, because I got so used to them, I had to return for them after we’d already moved out.
What’s your bedspread or blanket like? Where did you get it? We use a down blanket, summer and winter. My mom got it for me in Israel and carried two of them to New York.
What is your current bedside reading? Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez.
What else is on your bed table? More books and a ChapStick. Right now it’s mostly pregnancy books because I’m pregnant with twins.
What else do you like to do in bed? Besides sleeping or having sex, you mean? I sometimes edit my work, looking through photographs.
What’s under your bed? The bed frame is placed on four big metal flat files with all my photographs—probably thousands of prints in different sizes—stored there.
How would you describe the decor of your bedroom? Plain, with some Bukharan elements from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where parts of my family are from.
What’s the last thing you do before falling asleep? Crawl into my husband’s side of the bed, looking to feel him or to be held by him.
Do you sleep in the nude? Yes, totally nude.
Veteran Voice photographer Sylvia Plachy lives in Queens. Her next book, due in October from Aperture, is a personal history of Eastern Europe titled Self Portrait With Cows Going Home. V.A.
Who do you share your bed with? Elliot and the cats.
What brand of sheets do you use? Old.
How many pillows? One.
What’s your bedspread or blanket like? Chenille.
Do you eat in bed? No.
Do you read in bed? Yes.
What’s your current bedside reading? The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard.
What else is on your bed table? Clutter.
What’s under your bed? Dust mites.
How would you describe the decor of your bedroom? Rummage Renaissance.
What’s the last thing you do before falling asleep? Kiss Elliot.
Do you sleep in the nude? If not, what do you typically wear to bed? None of your business.
A 25-year-old native New Yorker, Damion go-go dances at the Slide and finds it richly fulfilling. (“You’re just dancing around having a couple of beers and everybody’s giving you attention.”) But his bedroom in Harlem, it turns out, is not as festive as you’d imagine. MICHAEL MUSTO
What kind of bed do you sleep in? Full size. Single.
Single? But you’re a go-go boy! Yeah, but nobody ever wants to date a go-go boy. Everybody wants a go-go boy for the night. You can’t bring a go-go boy home to your friends or your parents.
I’ll remember that. Do you smoke in bed? Yeah, all the time. It’s the best place to smoke. But I’ve never fallen asleep with a cigarette. I’m pretty conscious when I’m smoking.
Do you eat in bed too? All the time. I eat right before I go to sleep. I eat to fall asleep. I’ll eat a hamburger or rice and beans. Right after I’m smoking.
What kind of sheets do you use (besides possibly stained)? Todd Oldham from Target. Solid green. They’re soft cottony flannel, like T-shirt material.
Pillows? Martha Stewart from Kmart. White. They work.
Even if she doesn’t. How is your bedroom decorated? I deal with decorators all day at my day job. The last thing I want to do is decorate. My room’s cluttered—clothes on top of clothes, furniture on top of furniture.
Love on top of love? Anyway, what’s under your bed besides dust balls? Shoes and dog toys.
And what, pray tell, is a go-go boy’s bedtime reading of choice? Right now it’s Wicked and recently, I read Berlin Stories by Isherwood. And I love Maxim magazine—they always have pictures of the bustiest blondes you can find.
Wait—women? Every gay man has a fetish. Naked women, naked men . . . as long as they’re pretty.
AA Bronson, the only surviving member of the collaborative team known as General Idea, lives in Greenwich Village. His work was in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and a new show, “AA Bronson: Healer,” featuring his Butt Spa, opens at John Connelly May 13. He’s also embarked on a series of photographic portraits of artists in bed. V.A.
Who do you share your bed with? Architect Mark Krayenhoff van de Leur
What size bed do you sleep in? I have been confined to my bed for the last three weeks with a herniated disc, so I have moved my entire life into the narrow confines of our mattress (a queen, of course).
What brand of sheets do you use? The sheets are Linea Notte, a high thread-count set we purchased at Century 21 when we first moved into the apartment, at a fraction of their retail value, natch.
How many pillows? And where did you get them? Four pillows, with Italian shams, also purchased at Century 21.
What’s your bedspread or blanket like? Where did you get it? I purchased the heavy red blanket from the weavers’ co-op founded by Gandhi. They have an amazing store near the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. The blanket is rather primitive, handmade, weighs a ton, and I carried it all the way back from India.
Do you eat in bed? Absolutely. Here I am eating Gourmet Garage’s own sour cream pound cake, with green tea from Takashimaya on Fifth Avenue. For the last three weeks I have been eating all of my meals in bed.
Do you read in bed? I only read in bed. You can see the latest issue of Nest (their special “Christian” issue) on the bed. There’s a heap of Christie’s catalogs beside the bed, including the “Prints and Multiples” catalog for the sale on April 28 and 29 (I’m dying to buy the “ACT UP Art Box”). The latest issue of Butt magazine. And Barbara Gowdy’s The Romantic.
What else is on your bed table? My favorite vase from Jonathan Adler’s Couture line, a catalog of Verner Panton furniture, a Greek icon of two bearded saints kissing, and two leather cock rings, one with studs, the other with little spikes (ouch!).
What else do you like to do in bed? I have a wireless Internet connection, so I like to e-mail in bed, update my website aabronson.com, and occasionally surf through porn.
How would you describe the decor of your bedroom? Non-existent. Archive Building Classic Wallboard Chic. But wait till we move into our new apartment!
What’s the last thing you do before falling asleep? I habitually surf once through 80 channels before muttering something about the crap on TV and immediately falling asleep.
Do you sleep in the nude? Yes (as you can see). My spouse is scandalized if I try to wear clothes to bed.
Photographer Ryan McGinley just moved to Chinatown from the Lower East Side. His first New York solo show was at the Whitney Museum last year. His next show opens June 27 at P.S.1 and will be accompanied by a catalog of images made over the past nine months, most dealing with nature and nudity. V.A.
What size bed do you sleep in? Full.
What brand of sheets do you use? That’s a big obsession of mine. I’m really into textile design, and I’ve been collecting vintage sheets from the ’70s and ’80s, usually from the Salvation Army. Any kind of op-art pattern. I think that they’re really beautiful, and there aren’t really many sheets today that are beautiful. There just aren’t that many options.
How many pillows? And where did you get them? Four, from Kmart, my favorite store to shop at—the one on Astor Place. But I also like going over to Bed Bath & Beyond.
What’s your bedspread or blanket like? Where did you get it? I have duvet covers made up for me. I’ll go to a fabric store and buy different types of patterns and have a tailor make them up for me. They go over a comforter that I’ve had since I was like nine years old, handed down from my brother. The duvet cover goes over the comforter, and I like that underneath it is all that history.
Do you read in bed? Absolutely.
What’s your current bedside reading? I have about 2,000 photo and art books. I try to spend about an hour each day either before I get up or before I go to sleep looking at those for inspiration. I think it’s especially good before you go to sleep, so they get into your dreams.
What else is on your bedside table? I don’t have a bedside table. I’m a master at creating a mess. Not really like a sloppy mess, more like a strategic mess.
What’s under your bed? Nothing, I have a Murphy bed.
How would you describe the decor of your bedroom? I’m in a loft now—just one big room, and everything’s in it: my office, my bedroom, my library. I like everything to be in one room and available at all times.
What’s the last thing you do before falling asleep? Masturbate, of course.
Do you sleep in the nude? Yes, I’ve always slept in the nude. I don’t like wearing clothes.
Who do you share your bed with? Nobody. Just me.
Tristan Taormino with Colten and Jordan
photo: Sylvia Plachy
Tristan Taormino is an award-winning writer, editor, and sex educator who writes the Voice‘s Pucker Up column. She is the author of three books, including True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion. ELIZABETH ZIMMER
Where do you live? Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Who do you share your bed with? My partner, Colten
What size bed do you sleep in? Queen
What brand of sheets do you use? I just got these really cool sheets from Target. I don’t usually use a specific brand, but they have to have a really high thread count, like, more than 360.
How many pillows? And where did you get them? Four, and I got them from the Company Store.
What’s your bedspread or blanket like? Where did you get it? It’s a black comforter from my father’s bed. He passed away in 1995, and this is the comforter he slept with.
Do you read in bed? Yeah.
What is your current bedside reading? My partner and I have started this ritual of listening to books on tape before we go to bed. Usually it’s, like, mysteries. When I read in bed it’ll be something light—Adult Video News or Entertainment Weekly.
What else is on your bedside table? A lamp, tissues, a glass of water.
And in the drawer? There’s a drawer and a cabinet door: between my table and my partner’s, about 15 sex toys. These are not all the ones we own, but they’re the ones we like to keep close by. And there’s lube, baby wipes, batteries, Breathe Right nasal strips—they relieve congestion.
What else do you like to do in bed? I like to do nothing—to relax. There’s no TV in my bedroom, no bookshelves . . . not a lot besides the bed and some photographs and some art. I don’t even have a phone in my bedroom. I want to shut the door and leave all that behind. I don’t do work in my bed, and I don’t want a lot of distraction. I just want to be there and be present, not make my bed like the den, where everything happens. I want it to be a sanctuary—really, really calming. My favorite thing to do is cuddle with my two dogs—Jordan, a Boston terrier, and Reggie Love, a mutt who looks like a cross between a Lab and a whippet—and my partner. At night Reggie sleeps in her own bed, on Colten’s side: an ottoman with a green down comforter. Jordan sleeps in a crate on my side.
What’s under your bed? Omigosh. Two boxes which contain hundreds of ribbons that I won over eight years when I rode horses competitively as a child.
How would you describe the decor of your bedroom? Shades of green and pale yellow; it’s very calming. My sheets are purple, and I have a windowseat with a purple cushion. There’s an element of purple in every room in my house.
What’s the last thing you do before falling asleep? I tell Colten that I love him.
Do you sleep in the nude? Usually.
If not, what do you typically wear to bed? A T-shirt.
Artist Glenn Ligon, who lives in Prospect Heights, has work in two important museum shows right now, the Brooklyn Museum’s massive “Open House” exhibition and the Guggenheim’s broad survey of minimalist art since the 1950s, “Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated).” V.A.
What size bed do you sleep in? A full-size bed that I bought at Ikea.
What brand of sheets do you use? Martha Stewart for everyday, Company Store or Calvin Klein when I have company.
How many pillows? And where did you get them? My pillows are from Company Store too, I think; maybe Kmart.
What’s your bedspread or blanket like? Where did you get it? The throw on the bed was designed by Jim Hodges. Every year the Peter Norton Family Foundation sends out a Christmas gift and Jim designed this one. The text on it reads, “If it was a pool it would have reflected us.” I probably shouldn’t use it because eventually I will spill something on it, but I really love it.
Do you smoke in bed? No, a nasty habit that leads to self-immolation.
Do you eat in bed? Yes, dinner mostly, but if I am having something crunchy, I usually go to the dining room table.
Do you read in bed? Yes, it is my favorite place to read.
What is your current bedside reading? Well, besides British Elle Decor, Nest, V Man, Index, Artforum, and porn magazines (they kinda all run together in my head), I am reading Blindness by José Saramago and fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
What else is on your bed table? There is a water carafe I got in Toronto at Caban (Club Monaco’s home furnishings store), an incense holder, and a wicker trivet. The table is an Eames wire base table that I got at Modernica. I have a couple of them around the apartment. They are perfect for remote controls.
What else do you like to do in bed? Feel sorry for myself.
What’s under your bed? A Cindy Sherman print I bought online but haven’t had the money to frame yet and a bottle of Comme des Garçons body lotion.
How would you describe the decor of your bedroom? Done, but not overdone.
What’s the last thing you do before falling asleep? Use the Comme des Garçons body lotion.
Do you sleep in the nude? If not, what do you typically wear to bed? I usually wear a T-shirt and boxer shorts. The shirt that I’m wearing is from the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia.
Who do you share your bed with? Joey, Lance, Dirk, Matt, Flava, Chi Chi, and all the rest of the boys.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2004