21 posts categorized "DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN"

Nov 05 2010
Boy Culture Turns 5: My Favorite Posts Comments (23)


Img_0736As of midnight tonight, it will be exactly five years since my first post. It's hard to imagine it's been that long, and a lot's changed—the tone and subject matter are different, how often I post, my limits (no nudity in a couple of years due to ad constraints). I've devoted a crazy amount of time and money and energy to this blog for a very small financial return (you couldn't guess low enough), but it's always rewarding to have this forum with which to express myself, keep my writing ability fluid, perhaps influence a couple of people here and there, share obsessions with strangers (in both senses of the word) and learn new things.

6wzn3lxTake That's Howard...can you believe this happened onstage at a pop concert?

Here are some of the posts that were most important to Boy Culture's history. For the uninitiated, some of the oldest ones refer to Boy Culture, the movie made of my novel; I started the blog at the time Boy Culture was being filmed as a way to keep people informed of the progress...and it all snowballed from there.


Some of these posts are milestones when it comes to the hits they provided but most are filled with original writing and/or photography and video and are just the posts of which I'm proudest. I hope you'll take some time to click on them and send their links around to others—and some time is what you'll need...



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novella, novel and movie Boy Culture; might be my ultimate post.

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"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f699b958834-800wiTriBeCa is for Boy lovers...

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f10b58834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551e92d338833-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f2f319b8833-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef010536a813e5970bI had the Fever for Jon-Erik Hexum

AN OBSESSION IS BORN (2009): One of my best posts about my obsession with...obsession.

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ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

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PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

SafariScreenSnapz001I was given the red-carpet treatment

HAVEN'T WE MET? (2010): Celebrating my time with someone I've only met once—Madonna.

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Sep 29 2010
Starry-Eyed: Matthew Modine Comments (1)

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Now that I've seen Madonna, most of the cast of Desperately Seeking Susan and Julianne Moore not once but twice (Body of Evidence) in recent times, seeing Matthew Modine (VisionQuest) shouldn't shock me. Who's next...Lori Petty???

Sep 25 2010
The Movie-Magic Club Comments (12)

  Z copyThe spell-binding Magic Club was the result of a late-breaking script change


It was 24 hours of Desperately Seeking Susan for me this week, meeting Madonna on Wednesday for the celebration of her and Lola's Material Girl line and then meeting a surprisingly large contingent of the cast and crew of that '80s classic the following night when the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted a 25th-anniversary screening.

IMG_8149 Me with Seidelman, Blum, Arquette & Quinn

Tickets to the event and after-party had been hard to come by, and it's no wonder—on top of some members of the press, the 268-seat theater must have had at least 25 people who'd worked on the movie, plus all their guests.

Left to right, top to bottom: Susan Seidelman's intro; Rosanna Arquette's bond with—and Mark Blum's raunchy screen-test with—Madonna; rushing the film out in case Madonna was a "flash-in-the-pan"; and funny casting stories...

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Sep 20 2010
Madonna's Sonic Workbook Continues To Be Exposed Comments (3)

More leaks. Above, the pretty if simplistic "Little Girl" from the Music era (appropriately, since that album is 10 years old this week!). After the jump, the spirited "I'm in Love with Love" demo and "Set the Right" (not) from American Life.

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Jun 21 2010
Bag Lady Comments (2)


You may recall I attended a screening of Desperately Seeking Susan in NYC at which director Susan Seidelman spoke. No fair—the L.A. version featured a very interesting old bag (not Rosanna Arquette, though she was there, too, looking like anything but)...the original case from the movie, owned by Seidelman.


Robert Joy with shirtless Aidan Quinn from DSS 


Bringing Joy to the DSS screening

UPDATE: Thomas Mora, a lucky bitch who attended, reports:

"There was no Q&A. The director Susan Seidelman, The producers, the writers, and actor Robert Joy (Jimmy), & Rosanna Arquette spoke a few words before the screening about the casting for Susan's (Madonna's) boyfriend, the budget for Orion pictures, Madonna promoting her song 'Into the Groove' by having it included in the film. At the end of the screening I just snapped a few pix of the handbag/suitcase which was used in the film & then I asked the director what happened to the wardrobe from the film, to which she [one of the producers] replied, 'Rosanna has her jacket, and someone else has the other.'"

Thanks, Thomas!

FURTHER UPDATE: Boy Culture reader Bob Henson also attended, but points out it wasn't Seidelman but producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford who were in attendance:


Producers Sarah Pillsbury & Midge Sanford with stars Joy & Arquette

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Best tidbit of all, Bob says fans asked Stephen Bray—who was there—if there really is a song called "Desperately Seeking Susan" and he said yes...and he hopes it's released to the world someday!

Susan1Stephen Bray was in attendance as well  

Jun 09 2010
Underwear As Outerwear Comments (3)

31Z9SuBebNL._SL500_AA300_ As reported by MadonnaTribe, along with the badly kept secret that Madonna is working on an official book of all her greatest seen and unseen photos, September or October will see the release of a massive new Rizzoli book devoted to Herb Ritts entitled The Golden Hour. (The title refers to the first and the last hour of sunlight during a day, the best time for photography in natural light.)

MadonnaMouse2 I've learned exclusively that one never-before-seen image of Madonna that will be included is of Madonna with...men's underwear on her head.

It sounds like—if you listen here to Madonna's eulogy for Ritts—this image might be from their very first encounter, on the set of Desperately Seeking Susan.

Forget about Mickey Mouse ears, this I gotta see!

Feb 17 2010
All I Wanna Do When I Wake Up In The Morning Is See Her Eyes Comments (3)
If anyone's in L.A. and makes it to the back-to-back screenings of After Hours and Desperately Seeking Susan featuring a Q&A with Rosanna Arquette in-between, by all means video it and send to me! I would love to see and hear her commentary about "the Madonna movie." 
Aug 31 2009
The Only Eulogy To Ever Drop The F-Bomb? Comments (9)

I've never seen this—posted to YouTube yesterday, this is Madonna's full, "Herbified" eulogy for Herb Ritts. It's very sweet and provides several noteworthy details. She met him on the set SafariScreenSnapz002 of Desperately Seeking Susan, she reminisces about that amazing shoot they did on the beach and she refers to him as "like a big brother to me, a very loveable one."

She also dons glasses to read that the day of his memorial was associated with the concept that there is "no such thing as death, no such thing as an ending, no such thing as time, space or emotion, no such thing as limitations of any kind" to point out that "just because we can't see Herb, doesn't mean he's not here." Very "Nothing Fails," very American Life.

Madonna gets Ritts-y.

Touchingly, she ends by pointing out that photography is about taking a negative and turning it into a positive.
Aug 17 2009
"Do We Wanna Be Accepted By Hollywood? NO!" Comments (2)

Snake-eyes-1993-02-gPerhaps Madonna's finest screen performance...Snake Eyes aka Dangerous Game.

Come join the party for a belated 51st-birthday tribute to Madonna and the movies at Film Experience Blog.
Jul 27 2009
I'm Not The Same Comments (11)
"The selfless Madonna is less inspiring than the selfish one in so many ways."

Madonnaslideshow090803_3_250 Emily Nussbaum turns in an interesting and mostly selfish (appropriate, considering the above thesis of the piece) article for New York on the Madonna of now vs. the Madonna of then that's worth a read. I was at the Desperately Seeking Susan screening she attended (it was at the 92nd Street Y in TriBeCa, not IFC) and thought she was up to no good with her questions to the gay guys behind me sounding like invitations to voice concerns about Madonna 2009. Turns out she was up to mostly yes good, even if as a Madonna fan she fails by writing that the lyrics to "Human Nature" are "I ain't sorry/Don't hang your shit on me."

She correctly notes how many of Madonna's recent songs turn on "ticktick sounds and countdowns" and comes back around to loving Madonna thusly:

"Now she’s catalyzing a new set of insults, that cougar-MILF catcall, with its attendant put-downs—she’s 'desperate,' 'pathetic,' 'trying too hard.' And maybe she is. Sometimes I think she is. But while other female icons fade, fold, or fossilize into camp, for better or worse, Madonna seems determined to do something unsettling and new: spin to the center of the dance floor, till the end."