316 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Oct 30 2014
Missing Persons Comments (0)

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Did Amelia Earhart die in a plane crash, or did she die of starvation/dehydration/exposure on an uninhabited atoll? The identification of a piece of metal that likely came from her missing aircraft suggests we might someday soon have the answer. If the wreckage of her plane were to be found, it would be reminiscent of the discovery of the Titanic, a nagging mystery solved. Here's hoping closure is on the radar.

 
Oct 28 2014
Hiya, Sailor! Comments (0)

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Nathaniel Grant, a Navy recruiter, recites text regarding one of the biggest gay scandals in political history, the Newport scandal involving FDR, which was ignored by the recent Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts.

It's amazing how forgotten this is...

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Oct 25 2014
Need To Know: Rugby Goes Down + Bulging With Curiosity + Red Alert + Shaft Snood + Ebola Fever + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMeet ex-rugby stud Jarryd Hayne.

*widget boy cultureLatest school shooter defies stereotypes: Popular jock.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas plays “Guess the Bulge,” starring Zac Efron.

*widget boy cultureExtremely sexy ginger!

*widget boy cultureSurprisingly, Mama June is a terrible, horrible, nogood, very bad mom.

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*widget boy cultureThis item would've have aroused me even as a hormonal gay teen.

*widget boy cultureGotham star Corey Michael Smith's killer butt is all the rage on the Internet.

*widget boy cultureBAR NUN: Madonna reacts to Sister Cristina.

*widget boy cultureFirst new TV series of the year has been canceled, and it's...this one.

*widget boy culturePeople are getting STUPID about Ebola. Lizz Winstead is getting SMART.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, haunting video from the discovery of Ebola in 1976...

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Oct 24 2014
Cover To Cover Comments (0)

When I moved to NYC 22 years ago, I came to work as an editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press. I worked for Gordon Van Gelder (who edited science fiction and pop culture books) and the late MichaelDennenyLinda O'Brien (who was a manager of the “grid,” the list of all the company's hundreds of titles). Linda was close to SMP's longtime gay-interest editor Michael Denneny, whose Stonewall Inn Editions imprint published many of the most popular and respected gay books of the '70s and '80s, so I was able to speak with him and even attended a party at his apartment. (As a young gay guy, I will never forget that he proudly had a picture of porn actor Steve Fox on his fridge.)

Michael was someone we looked up to as a pioneer and as a cerebral man whose taste was both literary and commercial. He had to fight to publish books he knew would sell a few thousand copies, and would balance that with books he knew would sell many times that—yet he usually had to fight to publish those as well.

I was so disappointed when, while still working at SMP, my gay novel Boy Culture was not deemed fit to be a part of Stonewall Inn (not by Michael). I still own a lot of the free books that came from Michael's office, a den of literacy and iniquity, not to mention my Divine paper doll book that he published.

Denneny just granted the Lambda Literary Review a long interview. In it, he talks about the state of gay writing today by noting its past:

“[T]he assimilationist wave has been dominant for the last decade, balancing the first decade (the ’70s) dominated by the liberationists–the middle two decades essentially devoted to the fight against AIDS. I suspect these two poles of the culture will always be with us. Which is the right strategy depends on the historical moment. We’ll see what emerges.”

Check out this fascinating interview for more.

 
Oct 23 2014
Bunny How Time Flies When You're Having Fun Comments (0)

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You can't go wrong with current cheesecake shots of Playboy Playmates who are anywhere from 59 years old to 82. Great, funny, fun-loving and life-affirming shots.

 
Oct 22 2014
Secret History: Harry Hay On Discovering His Sexuality At The Library Comments (0)

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Never-seen footage of the late gay-rights icon Harry Hay talking about how he figured out he must be gay, and Guy de Maupassant had a lot to do with it...

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Oct 21 2014
Book 'Em Comments (0)

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The New Yorker has a visually stimulating piece on the disappearing bookstores of NYC, and there's a nice Madonna mention. The biggest stars I've ever seen in a bookstore were Diane Lane and Josh Brolin.

 
And She's Looking Good: An Intimate Evening With Linda Lavin Comments (0)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private, for-donors-only performance by Linda Lavin at Baruch College last night, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

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Lavin performed with accompaniment by Billy Stritch and her top-notch band (including her painter/actor/jazz drummer of a hubby, Steve Bakunas, of whom she said, “I married the drummer. Cool!”).

Lavin is leggy and lovely at a hard-t0-believe 77, and was having (1) a ball, (2) a great hair day and (3) a better leg day than most will have in a lifetime; it's incredible to think that she is actually slightly older than Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925—July 17, 2014) was when the latter dame first performed her legendary Elaine Stritch at Liberty show in 2001. Lavin is so youthful that unless you're an IMDb addict like me, the impact of her cabaret act has little in common with Stritch's—there's no “I'm Still Here” vibe because Lavin looks like she's mid-way through a career, not defiantly placing an exclamation point at the end of it. Just absolutely ageless, in good voice and effortlessly able to engage an audience of bigshots with her girlish banter and wry, nostalgic peeks back at her career.

And yes, she fully embraces Alice (1976—1985).

Above, check out the delicious Sondheim number Lavin sang in 1966...she recreated it last night and it's still a hoot.

I won't go into great detail about the song selection (which was pleasingly heavy on the bossa nova) since this was a one-off, but if you're interested in hearing Lavin sing a loving rendition of her Alice theme song and charming versions of songs she first sang upwards of 50 years ago when she (and Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield and many other greats) was playing in, as she recalls, every venue with “Downstairs” in the title, be on the look-out for a 2015 show at 54 Below. You'd be a damn fool to miss this.

Linda-Lavin-Baruch-Matthew-Rettenmund-2014-AliceGoin' through life with blinders on, it's tough to see how Lavin manages to make 77 the new 50!

Lavin made a brief appearance at a post-show champagne toast. I was able to congratulate her and to ask if she would honor my friend and I with a photo. Have you got a camera? she shot back, ready to get 'er done. Lovely, classy lady.

After the jump, listen to Lavin tackle that Alice theme in 2013...

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