#275: Brock Colyar
Brock Colyar on Stephanie LaCava’s "I Fear My Pain Interests You", Red Wine Over Ice, Orlando (1992), and more.
Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked Brock to share a taste of their taste on Perfectly Imperfect.
Brock Colyar is the New York City-based features writer and nightlife reporter behind the NYMag's Are U Coming? party column. Brock joins people such as Kevin Carpet, Mark Hunter, a.k.a. the Cobrasnake, Caroline Calloway, Meg Superstar Princess, The Ion Pack, Serena Shahidi, and nightlife icons like Susanne Bartsch, for an entire night as they party-hop. Their reports are written in a diary-like format with timestamped entries and they’re so much fun to read. Lucky for us, Brock is here to tell us what they’re into.
Without further ado
🍷🥶 Red Wine Over Ice
I like a chilled red but what I really enjoy is drinking dry red wines over ice –– preferably crushed ice. I know that’s against the rules or whatever but the first boy who broke my heart in New York was a sommelier at Le Bernardin and also that’s how Diane Keaton drinks her wine so I don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks.
👩❤️💋👨 Buckingham Nicks
If you know me you know I have a lifelong obsession with Stevie Nicks. I don’t know how to say this without sounding stupid but I just think she’s the most perfect woman in the world, with a voice kind of like a goat but also an angel. Before Fleetwood Mac, she and Lindsay Buckingham put out Buckingham Nicks, which was critically a total bust, but it’s my favorite –– folksier and rawer than any of the high-gloss Cali pop they’d make with the Mac. Just listen to this.
Bethenny Frankel is the true queen of the Real Housewives, and her TikTok is just as good as Bravo. Mostly it’s Bethenny looking hot and reviewing beauty products with profanity and gusto, but lately, for whatever reason, she’s also started reviewing things like… fast food coffee and cans of tuna? It’s brilliant and batshit. Sometimes she shares her thoughts on the culture, which are the best, such as her thoughts on Harry and Meghan. I don’t like them either. But I love Bethenny.
Earlier this year, my hairdresser (the fantastic Sonny Molina) cut my hair closer to a bob, and honestly, I’ve never felt hotter in my life. It exposed my neck (I have a nice neck) and though it’s not for everyone, just think about all the cool, crazy women out there who have rocked a bob: Anna Wintour, Joan Didion, Lucia on The White Lotus, Debbie Harry, Carey Mulligan. Ok that’s kind of a questionable list of ladies, but at least they all have great hair.
I moved to Greenpoint two years ago and tell everyone I live on the same block as Lena Dunham in Girls, though that’s a lie. Greenpoint has all the perks of gentrified neighborhoods (lush wine shops and lush wine bars, plus a bakery with addictive focaccia) without any of the drawbacks (Chipotle, Urban Outfitters, Equinox – for these things you just walk to Williamsburg). There’s so many good restaurants (I hate to say it but Five Leaves is perfect) and Transmitter Park. Also, there’s more aged childless hipsters than breeders in the neighborhood, and controversially, I love the G Train.
I’m a longtime cigarette smoker (Marlboro Lights) but this year I accidentally got into vaping and my favorite vapes are the lychee flavored Myles. They’re super dainty and very chic to dance with in addition to being SO DELICIOUS. Pair it with a lychee martini from Indochine and that’s one tasty, sugary skinny girl meal.
I went to Miami for Art Basel and by the end of the weekend I was filled with hangxiety so I spent an extra day sitting on the beach reading Stephanie LaCava’s newish novel I Fear My Pain Interests You. It’s about the daughter of two punk rock stars who suffers from “congenital analgesia,” which means she feels no physical pain, and though it’s definitely not a breezy beach read, it destroyed me, in a good way.
Last year I watched Orlando, the 1992 period drama based on the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name, starring Tilda Swinton, for the first time. In case you don’t know, it’s about an Elizabethan nobleman who can’t die and one day wakes up to discover he’s a woman. I don’t think I’ll ever go six months again for the rest of my life (presumably, unlike Orlando, I’ll die one day) without watching it. It hurts when she breaks the fourth wall.
💃🏼 Just Fucking Go Somewhere New for Once
People are constantly asking me where to go out in New York, but that’s kind of a hard question to answer. What I try to encourage people to do is get together with a group of people they love and go somewhere they would normally never go. People are far too fucking pretentious about their nightlife in this city and if you’ve spent every weekend for the last three months at Basement or Bossa or whatever, you’re probably chasing something you’ll never actually catch. I have the most fun when my friends go somewhere out of our ordinary, with people we’d never normally associate with. All of this to say: It’s ok to go dance at ACME sometimes.
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