5 posts categorized "DON BACHARDY"

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.

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

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Aug 31 2010
Obsession For Men Comments (15)

Eat yer heart out, Madonna—Calvin Klein's boytoy Nick Gruber is younger (20!) and arguably cuter than yours, plus Calvin's cheeks are bigger!

Best Gawker comment:


Jul 18 2010
His Kind Of Guy Comments (2)


Matt Smith 

After writing about Christopher and His Kind, a new BBC2 film about the early years of writer Christopher Isherwood, I heard from Isherwood's partner Don Bachardy's agent the following:

"Don is excited about the BBC2 adaptation of Christopher and His Kind after having met the actor playing Isherwood [Matt Smith]. Don has established the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, which gives $4,000 grants to selected novelists—take a look at the Web site for the foundation here."

Feb 08 2010
Singular Sensation Comments (3)

My friend Gordon forwarded me this story from the U.K. about Don Bachardy's views of Tom Ford's A Single Man, adapted from the famous Christopher Isherwood novel. Bachardy, Isherwood's lover of many years, loves the film, while others think it too pretty. I thought the prettiness fit perfectly with the story. The piece also argues, in reference to the Ford's insistence his film is not "gay":

"Not since Steven Spielberg directed the slave epic Amistad in 1997 has a director's identity politics been such a part of a film's buzz."

Regardless, the interview with Bachardy is well worth a look—as is A Single Man.

Jan 17 2009
About A Boy Comments (0)


Portrait of the artist as an old man.

One of the most acclaimed (94% at RottenTomatoes) documentaries of 2008, Chris & Don: A Love Story Poster_large (Zeitgeist) directed by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi, streets on DVD February 24. In anticipation of that, I finally got around to watching it, and found it to be a somewhat uneven mix of compelling glimpses into a celebrated couple's romance and unexplored or unexplained drama. 


Christopher Isherwood, the Chris of the movie, was a respected writer of the 20th Century who was born in England but came of age in the sexually free Weimar Republic. He wrote stories in the 1930s that were paired and published as The Berlin Stories in 1945, which would eventually be adapted on the stage and on film as Cabaret. When he was nearly 50 and living in California, Isherwood began a brief affair with Ted Bachardy, but this soon transferred to what would be a life partnership with Ted's younger brother Don, apparently just 18 at the time.

Aren't all gay men starfuckers at heart?

The Bachardy Brothers are represented as impressionable, good-time guys who partied on the beaches of their home state and who would dress up in snazzy suits and sneak into movie premieres, taking pictures of each other with everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Bette Davis, even stars Don would later meet socially via Isherwood, such as Leslie Caron and Montgomery Clift.

Isherwood introduced Bachardy to lots of things—that was the core of their relationship.

Climb upon my knee, Sonny Boy...

Floor1 The union was famous for its durability (open doesn't begin to describe it) and also infamous for the 30-year gap between the two men—an early image of the couple looks exactly like an Ozzie & Harriet-era father/son portrait. But they were unconcerned with appearances in that sense, even if their creative lives (Isherwood as a descriptive novelist and Bachardy, eventually, as an impressionistic painter) were all about appearances, capturing, interpreting and explaining them.

Isherwood (the smiling youth above and at left) has been dead for more than 20 years, but the film conjures his presence effortlessly via Bachardy's reminiscences, his inexhaustible supply of portraits of his partner and gorgeously well preserved, colorful home movies. It's as if the inscrutable writer is as alive as any of the others in the film, a list of interviewees that includes Caron, Liza Minnelli (Isherwood thought she was all wrong as Sally Bowles!) and, only in the DVD's extras, Titanic's Gloria Stuart, nearly 100 yet still sharp and salty.

Chris-and-don-1 Despite Isherwood being more famous, Chris & Don tends to center around Bachardy, now 74 years old, juxtaposing his wizened (but still quite gym-honed!) face and body with visual reminders that he was once an alluring teenage muse for the more worldly Isherwood. To Bachardy's credit, he was not simply a hot young piece of ass, but seems to have been successfully molded by Isherwood into a thoughtful and truth-seeking artist in his own right. Still, their relationship is daddy/boy beyond belief; Bachardy's affected-sounding British accent is revealed to be an echo of Isherwood's voice, which is supposed to connote his adoration but also made me wonder if the whole Svengali thing had gone too far. (Or, as with Madonna, it could just be that an American who lives with an Englishman is doomed to exhibit traces of that accent.

Spender-span Back in the gay: W.H. Auden, Stephen Spende & Christopher Isherwood.

I would disagree with the DVD copy that says the film is "above all a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple" in that the documentary never feels joyful so much as uninhibited, and while some joyful-seeming times for this dynamic duo are recounted, the fact that they are ancient history now is somewhat sobering. Case in point: Ted wound up getting electro-shock therapy and is now elderly and morose, spending time cutting out Josh Hartnett photos and chastising Don for not appreciating Charlize Theron's beauty.

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