The Internet doesn’t remember NY Talk Magazine. The publication appears to be one of the few worldly things to have avoided internet immortality. Luckily for you, the SVA Periodicals Archives have 3 issues of the magazine for you to visit in the flesh. The first issue of the biannual mag (printed on newspaper paper and distributed for free) was published in April 1984. In the letter from editor Walter Thomas in the issue marking their first anniversary, Thomas describes the publication as having “slogged through every uncharted swamp culling the social sluices in order to bring you the ten-minute-old trends, new personalities, and appetizing tidbits that this sleepless city generates each month.” NY Talk is, he continues, “a snappy and stultifying reflection of our lives in glamorous, hectic, Gotham.” The first anniversary edition features: several ads for local restaurants and films such as Desperately Seeking Susan; a series of photographs of the people who ran such famous clubs as Pyramid and Danceteria; a list of “current” cocktail party conversation topics (“Talking about giving up drugs: Not giving them up, mind you, but talking about it”); an introduction to the art of Sue Coe; an encounter with some important downtown filmmakers (“A filmmaker is a self-delivering midwife”); and a print-based meet-and-greet with some “prima gallerinas”  - some of the women behind the scenes of the 1980s New York art scene. Come by the Periodicals section for a look into what some people believe to be the golden era of New York City.

Cover of NY Talk magazine in the style of a Tide laundry detergent.
NY Talk Magazine table of contents. Image is a police lineup of men in long coats with collaged faces.
Images of the owners of popular clubs such as Pyramid and Danceteria.
Event poster for Pyramid club.
Black and white image of Sue Coe. She wears a leather dress and large sunglasses and has her hair in two long braids.
A group of filmmakers sitting in a movie theater face away from the screen towards the camera.
A group of women who work in galleries in various capacities gather.