Matt Levine

Matt Levine

Despite a passionate childhood love affair with iceberg lettuce and anything sugary, Matt Levine has spent 27 years in the natural and organic foods business.  These days he drives a pedicab in San Francisco and is the co-creator of the podcast Corncuopia; The Cult, Culture and Business of Food

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he lived in some of the grungier areas of New York City before moving to the Elysian Fields of San Francisco in 1989.

Despite graduating from college with honors, he drove a taxicab in Manhattan, a decision he credits with his father's refusal to co-sign a loan to open a natural foods store in his hometown.Matt tries to make those who would listen believe that said store of his dreams would have sold to Whole Foods for millions of dollars.Regardless, his love for his father remained and he is only occasionally bitter, mainly for dramatic effect.

In addition to driving a tricycle, he also works as a freelance research analyst publishes Natural Business News, home to the industry's only humor and satire section and the Cornucopia podcast . In his free time, he mentors at-risk youth, eats too quickly, suffers acid reflux but is hoping meditation gets ride of it and follows his beloved New York Mets with more passion than is advisable.

Stinky like a dead cat: the smell of freedom in Paris

published: January, 26, 2017 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Travel, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Travel notes on his first vacation in a decade: Our San Francisco writer Matt Levine was a free man in Paris and he brought some of that back home with him.

Stinky like a dead cat: the smell of freedom in Paris

A month after my return from Paris a tangy, acrid smell hung over my apartment. A cross between a dead cat and dirty socks, it smelled vaguely familiar, mysterious. Opening the refrigerator, the aromatic culprit was exposed. Cheese, raw cheese, goat, sheep, cow brought home from my vacation. I’m an art fag, been one forever. But this 55-year old Gustave Courbet loving, Cezanne worshipper had never experienced the magic of Paris except for one day while changing trains in 1979. Like a show t

Depression revisited - or what a difference one toe makes

published: October, 18, 2016 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Matt Levine finds strength in "gratitude for the things I didn't know I took for granted."

Depression revisited  - or what a difference one toe makes

Walking to the bus after work, I tripped in a pothole. No blood, no guts, not even a rip in my black catering pants. I hobbled to the bus, got home, ate some leftovers from that afternoon’s gig, emailed my Doctor, iced my foot and prayed it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t work. When I got up to pee in the middle of the night walking wasn’t working so I crawled instead but a day and a half later my foot felt so much better that I thought about cancelling my appointment at the Small Injur

Sometimes the solution to our depression is simpler than we think

published: August, 11, 2016 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Matt Levine explains, "I’ve given up feeling like a stray sheep in the beefy cattle ranch called San Francisco where everyone is sweaty from sex except for lonesome me."

Sometimes the solution to our depression is simpler than we think

A while after coming out of the closet as T.C. Pomeroy, PositiveLite.com’s sexless and sex-obsessed columnist, I was surprised to find a new quiet in my head. A lot of chatter – the kind that says shit we’d never tolerate from friends –had disappeared, Acknowledging and untangling my fears and awkwardness was a big revelation. While a dramatic story in my own neural network, the fact that sex and intimacy are difficult and scary isn’t really news. It’s not like finding life on Mar

Identity of TC Pomeroy, our sex columnist, unveiled….

published: March, 10, 2016 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Matt Levine

“You’re only as sick as your secrets” says an out-of-the closet PositiveLite.com columnist Matt Levine

Identity of TC Pomeroy, our sex columnist, unveiled….

The big reveal Until recently I thought of myself as damaged goods. I’m 54, been out of the closet since I was 17 and yet have only enjoyed sex about as many times as the number of fingers on my hand.    This is the secret that spawned my alias, the pseudonym of a mostly well adjusted, extremely fit and healthy HIV-positive gay man who can’t get laid - or maybe just loves to complain about it.  I decided to write anonymously because at the age of 54 my sexual and romantic life were c

Tickle Me Oprah: 2016’s No Pain No Gain Guide to Life in the Tricycle Lane

published: January, 19, 2016 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Our San Francisco guy Matt Levine on living and working with HIV and dealing with stomach and muscle pains along the way

Tickle Me Oprah:  2016’s No Pain No Gain Guide to Life in the Tricycle Lane

I’ve always found that New Year’s essays pondering the year past and the road ahead leave me yawning.  Whether good or bad, glorious, dull, inspiring or crushing they leave me unmoved.  Everybody’s Oprah in January, proferring dreams and possibility–“you get a car and you get a car and you get a car” – but after it's read and done, all one’s left with is the emotional equivalent of smoking way too much strong weed while watching a really bad rom com. All promise, no punch, an

Let the good times roll

published: October, 05, 2015 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Matt Levine says " I’m happy to be living for the moment, me, my 425 t-cells, a great apartment and a job that kicks my ass every day."|

Let the good times roll

Thirty years as a long-term survivor makes life’s ups and downs easier to live with than for my friends without HIV snaking through their veins and arteries. Don’t misunderstand. My problems are minor compared to many, but over the last five years the challenges have been adding up. Living with HIV grants me no room to complain about getting older when that only other option – you know the one no one thinks will happen to them, the worm food, ashes to ashes dust to dust, your time has e

In the company of straight men

published: May, 18, 2015 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Our SF poz guy Matt Levine: laughing in the company of kind and funny men - or bromance on three wheels

In the company of straight men

Authors Note:  I work with some terrific women and gender queer folks driving pedicabs in SF but with the mostly it’s a male dominated field and except for a few exceptions it’s mostly the guys who hang out in the shop after work. I’d been sleeping outside the pier in the passenger seat of my pedicab for 45 minutes when the earth started to move. Jolted awake, I forgot where I was until I saw my friend and co-worker Joe pedaling me into the shop. Embarrassed by my laziness I apologize

How do you handle a problem like neurosis?

published: March, 31, 2015 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Matt Levine

Growing up gay in the 70’s and wanting to be liked, Matt Levine was lucky enough to have never had any problem with his peers. He wasn’t bullied by any straight men but when it came to navigating nightlife gay men were a serious problem.

How do you handle a problem like neurosis?

Fat, nice & funny.  And now gay too  I realized I was gay when I was eleven. Summer was over and I couldn’t wait to see my good friend John O’Connell when school started. We had lots of fun – strictly platonic – in Mrs. Rothshield’s 5th grade class and we didn’t see each other much over the summer. But the fates had a different plan in store. John and I we were in different 6th grade classes. At first I didn’t understand why I felt so sad, so bad, so crestfallen. And

Marijuana, masturbation and what’s a lonely man in love with weed, but wanting more, to do?

published: February, 25, 2015 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Matt Levine

Matt Levine says “I love good weed. It makes the hard times easier, the good times better but it also makes my sofa seem like a good substitute for love.”

Marijuana, masturbation and what’s a lonely man in love with weed, but wanting more, to do?

Part one of two Two and a half weeks into a nasty bout with sinusitis and I haven’t smoked pot since I first noticed the snot coming out of my nose and the sputum from my lungs was green like a watered down pea soup. Ugh!  While blessed with great health despite nearly 30 years of HIV, allergies and sinus problems are my Achilles heel.   Even before my enjoyment of smoking weed added to the problem, I always had trouble with allergies and asthma. Yet this challenge of annual summertime

In memoriam: remembering Ken

published: February, 02, 2015 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Matt Levine and a story of two friends - himself living with HIV for nearly thirty years and Ken, the spouse of an AIDS research veteran, who was battling a cancer that we never knew existed.

In memoriam:  remembering Ken

Time exists just on your wrist so don’t worry.  Moments last and lifetimes are lost in a day  Travis, Indefinitely  In August 2014, ten months after he was diagnosed with nasal cancer, and a few days before his 53rd birthday, my friend Ken died.  I shouldn’t have been surprised as it was clear the end was near, but when I picked up the call from his phone and heard his wife’s voice instead of Ken’s it hit me like a sledge hammer.  We met at our junior year in college in 1981,

Wheeling it

published: September, 24, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Matt Levine works like a dog driving a pedicab in San Francisco but says "I’m aware of how lucky I am to be alive. Dead folks don’t have aches and pains. I won. HIV lost!”

Wheeling it

Life on three wheels  I never used to take the elevator in my apartment building until I started riding a pedicab.  Since March, despite the aches in my legs and sometimes my knees I’ve lost thirty pounds and I’m in the best physical shape of my life.  My emotional health is another story.  But so far that’s okay too, even with the mad spikes in adrenaline and endorphins that come hauling folks of various shapes, sizes and attitudes into the headwinds along San Francisco Bay en rou

Gearing up for a good year

published: June, 02, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

On health and fitness, San Francisco’s Matt Levine says three months of driving a pedicab have made him a new man. Now if he could just find another one

Gearing up for a good year

It’s been a good spring. Three months since driving a pedicab and I’ve put on muscle, lost fat and thanks to the fact that I’m no longer an on-call cater waiter (aka catering bitch) I’ve got a social life once again.  I get to set my own work schedule these days.    At first that last fact had me more than a bit freaked out. Since these days I’m the boss of me, set my own schedule, take days off when I want (I lease the cabs and don’t work for the company) what if I’m still

Pedicab dreams of the old man and the sea

published: April, 30, 2014 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Our San Francisco poz man-about-town Matt Levine drives a pedicab, a job that, he says, makes both his body and his spirit stronger

Pedicab dreams of the old man and the sea

It’s Tuesday and I'm tired. I took off the previous Monday but I’d worked sixteen days in a row before that, driving the pedicab, catering front and back of the house and doing store demos for my friend and great chocolatier Dennis at www.CocoDelice.com.  Some long days, some short, some double shifts, all part of what I now see was an exorcism, a chance to put a stake in my blood-borne vampire’s heart.  Ten years into my infection I was thrilled to still be healthy, lucky to have nev

Fear and loathing in a pedicab .

published: March, 26, 2014 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

. . or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the mystery of life with HIV, by Matt Levine

Fear and loathing in a pedicab .

For most of my life I’ve been scared.  I’m not sure why but I was born nervous.  Maybe it was due to what researchers are discovering about genetic memory, emotional experiences passed down through generations through our DNA. Yet while grandfather and his nine siblings endured the pogroms of early 20th century Russia my fears were of the suburban, upper-middle class kind.   Even though I was a fat kid I was rarely bullied.  Early on I developed a set of social skills intuitively de

California Dreaming

published: January, 14, 2014 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Writer Matt Levine: “Yoga, Steroids, Botox and Jews. My New Year’s in LA.”

California Dreaming

Warning:  May not be safe for readers living in freezing cold conditions The story contains graphic details about warm and lovely weather.  Please refrain from praying for a big earthquake to hit smug California.  It’s bound to happen sooner or later anyway and if you wish for it you will probably feel guilty when it occurs.   While California’s record setting drought of 2013 continued into the New Year my personal drought of the horny and romantic kind ended in Los Angeles on Januar

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