214 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Apr 14 2014
I Fucking Love RuPaul* Comments (0)

RuPaul

RuPaul's Drag Race and Logo (not RuPaul himself) have apologized for offending some trans people with the use of the popular catchphrase “You've got she-mail!” and  have dropped an episode deemed offensive to some transsexuals.

Cue scornful reactions from trans activists angry with the show, who feel it was little more than lip service, and cue scornful reactions from—I would guess—the vast majority of the (primarily) gay men who watch RDR and who are responding along the lines of “lighten up,” or, as Madonna passive-aggressively responded to her “nigga” scandal, by making reference to the “word police.”

 

I have a problem with both reactions; this isn't black-and-white any more than issues of gender identity are for many people.

MolloyFirst, while Parker Marie Molloy's “I fucking hate RuPaul” tweet that predates the show's decision to cease and desist with the trans verbiage was, in my opinion, fairly criticized as unprofessional over her simultaneous reporting for The Advocate (a once and occasionally still journalistically admirable publication that nevertheless once branded Madonna its “Sissy of the Year” ahead of virulently homophobic villains all because she'd clarified that she wasn't a lesbian), there's no accounting for personal taste, so if anyone wants to fucking hate on RuPaul for whatever reason, I get it.

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Apr 10 2014
Next: NORMAL Comments (0)

The-Normal-Heart

The Hollywood Reporter's story on the it-took-forever-to-make making of HBO's The Normal Heart is fascinating and complete, filled with Streisand and Kramer dish.

Now, can someone please make a movie out of Faggots?

 
Mar 31 2014
Cover To Cover: First & Last Sentences Of Gay Novels & Novellas Comments (0)

Nocturnes-for-the-King-of-NaplesCover by Mel Odom.

What's a “gay book,” anyway?

Is it a book with a gay theme? One with no gay theme but whose author is gay? One specifically about being gay, written by a gay author? Must it be pro-gay, or can it be anti-? Does it count if it's exploitative and prurient?

Faggots-KramerRegardless of your definition, the heyday of the gay novel is behind us. Yes, there are still books by, for, and about gay people, but it's not like in the '70s and '80s, when gay novels took off, or the early '90s, when they'd become a bona fide boom business.

Not long after, they went bust, and the days when you might read a review calling a work of fiction, “The best gay novel of the year!” went with them. As did gay bookstores...when was the last time you were inside a gay bookstore? Were there any woolly mammoth footprints pressed into the clay?

City-and-the-pillar-gore-vidalGore, Gore, Gore...how do you like it, how do you like it?

Part of the reason a booming literary niche was decimated is good—we became less concerned with obsessing over our place in the world as the world became less convinced we were aliens and/or carriers of disease and/or agents of Satan. (Not that a huge chunk of the world doesn't still ponder those questions.) As we have been assimilated, we've become less excited by existentialist literary endeavors and more likely to spring for, say, books about the first time various anonymous narrators had gay sex, or coffee-table books of nude men or books with no discernible gay sensibility at all.

Interview-with-the-VampireBut I miss the days when the gay novel was a big deal. I miss being in my college bookstore and grabbing an Edmund White tome and flipping it to a passage where two farmboys “cornhole” each other, and realizing that it wasn't pornography, but rather was frank, familiar, terrifyingly emotional art.

For fun, I'm including a collection of the first and last sentences of as many gay novels as I could readily lay my hands on. I'm sticking with the books' proper first and last sentences, so am leaving out things like dates and places (“New York, 1983") in the case of books that begin or end with letters, and I'm also ignoring the “hmmm”-inspiring epigraphs that so often appear at the beginning of a novel.

Giovannis_room-frontThese are not meant to be my choices for "the best gay books." But most of my favorite gay novels are included and you will undoubtedly have read and loved many of them.

Actually...how many have you read?

If these tantalizingly brief samples don't make you curious to read some of these books, nothing will.

I would absolutely love to receive your contributions (title, year, author, first line, last line) so I can make this a living post...

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Picture Perfect: A Review Of FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Comments (0)

Vivian-MaierMaier produced countless self-portraits, some as arresting as anything Kahlo painted.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **** out of ****

Finding-vivian-mayer-poster-mVivian Maier died in a Chicago nursing home in 2009 in her eighties without ever having published her work, without ever having seen thousands of the images she shot and without owning a single negative—everything had been unceremoniously sold at auction along with the rest of her worldly possessions for a few hundred bucks a box once she was injured in a fall. Cheap, considering she had taken well over 100,000 images with her trusty, stealthy Rolleiflex from the late 1940s until some time in the 1990s.

When a historian and second-generation flea marketer, John Maloof, started scanning some of the negatives he'd bought in 2007, he sensed they were good. How good, he wasn't sure. Until posting a batch on Flickr, when users flipped out, reassuring him he had unearthed the work of a brilliant photographer. He bought up as much of Maier's output from other buyers as he could, eventually winding up with about 90% of it. Next, he began cataloguing everything—no easy task since Maier, about whom he knew absolutely nothing, had apparently been a packrat.

Vivian-Maier-girlMaier seemed able to pull exquisitely relaxed, soulful poses...when she bothered to ask.

When her obituary pinged his Google search in 2009, Maloof learned a bit more about Maier—she'd been a nanny, a private figure, French.

But what else? And had she seen herself as an artist?

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Mar 25 2014
Slipping Away Comments (0)

Ruby-Slippers

What a great idea for a documentary: An investigative look at who stole an original pair of ruby slippers from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Help Kickstart it here.

 
Mar 15 2014
Need To Know: Dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Wendy's Big Mouth, My Aunt Fanny, Cavallari's Shot In The Dark + MORE! Comments (0)
 

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Aretha Franklin atomic-shades Patti LaBelle at the White House.

*widget boy cultureMalaysian plane probably pirated, or otherwise sabotaged.

*widget boy culture"Commandeering" aircraft more common than you think.

*widget boy cultureWendy Williams leads unapologetically transphobic CrossFit chat.

*widget boy cultureCheryl Merkowski's "Walls Fall Out" video is BEYOND: 

*widget boy culturePrincess Diana leaked royal numbers out of spite.

*widget boy cultureThe origins of "teenagers."

*widget boy cultureKristin Cavallari doesn't believe in vaccinations.

*widget boy cultureTennessee (!) now recognizes 3 gay marriages.

*widget boy cultureDirtbag Chris Brown arrested. Again.

*widget boy cultureOut anchor Don Lemon in running to replace Piers Morgan.

*widget boy cultureTHE SKIN I'M IN: Aesthetician plotted rival's murder.

*widget boy cultureDON'T compare Gaga to Katy Perry.

*widget boy cultureMissed that My Brilliant Career & Happy New Year actress Wendy Hughes died 3/8.

Wendy HughesEnd of a Brilliant Career

 
Mar 10 2014
Next...NORMAL Comments (0)

Mark-Ruffalo-Matt-BomerOnly love survives

Hello, gorgeous! It's been a long time coming, but HBO's adaptation of Larry Kramer's amazing play The Normal Heart—a sensitive and thorough document of the AIDS crisis starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts and many others—looks fantastic in its first trailer.

Watch the trailer after the jump, and watch for The Normal Heart on HBO on May 25...

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Mar 09 2014
Too Big To Fail: Bodybuilder Larry Scott Dies Comments (0)
  Larry-Scott-hot L-with-Larry-Scott Larry-scott-20-inches-huge-biceps Larry-scott-pics-23 Larry-Scott-posing-3 Larry-Scott-posing Larry-Scott-pumped Larry-Scott-weights Larry-Scott

Larry-scott-body-shapeLarry "The Legend" Scott, one of the most famous bodybuilders in the history of the sport, died yesterday at the age of 75 due to complications from Alzheimer's.

Scott's name is not widely known to the general public like Schwarzenegger's was even before his movie career, but to anyone in the bodybuilding world, he's a figure of almost mythical proportions...literally! He was the first to sport 20-inch biceps, and he did it naturally after developing what has come to be known as the Scott Bench:

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Mar 08 2014
The Glenwayback Machine Comments (0)

A-Visit-to-Priapus

I'm rarely asked to blurb a book. I recall blurbing a book for Brad Gooch in 2001, and then much more recently for the amazing A Visit to Priapus and Other Stories (University of Wisconsin, $26.95) , the latter of which was edited by Jerry Rosco. Rosco was also given a Lambda nod for A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956—1984.

Check out these books, and use the link as a shopping list for other LGBT books you may have missed while reading the new Chelsea Handler, which was probably ghost-written by someone gay. Remember when LGBT publishing was a big deal in the '70s until about the '90s? It's still a big deal, or should be.

 
Mar 03 2014
Need To Know: The Oscars Were Pretty Fun, Ellen Was Mostly Funny, The Right People Mostly Won Comments (0)

Tumblr_n1vj4pXJ911rl58vno4_500"You deserve this." "I know."

*widget boy cultureThe Oscars (winners here) remind us that Angelina Jolie is a very good person.

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*widget boy cultureHere's a tip: Next time, give the pizza boy some money.

Tumblr_n1uy5d0KwD1qibkfno1_500Indiana Jonesing for carbs.

*widget boy cultureEllen's gimmicky selfie trick was a Samsung semi-coup.

Tumblr_n1ubpuTtzd1qh9nffo1_500Say, "Cheesy!"

*widget boy cultureLet's not think of Kim Novak this way, but instead think of her this way:

Tumblr_n1otv2QhlL1riyibxo3_500What black magic has her surgeon been up to?

*widget boy cultureStill, Kim thought Goldie Hawn looked just GREAT.

Goldie_hawn_oscars_face_2014_19h80ln-19h819uFoul play.

*widget boy cultureJohn Travolta is our Liberace:

John-Travolta"I wish my brother Dick was here."

*widget boy cultureOf course, Travolta has launched the Twitter career of Adela Dazeem:

*widget boy cultureOscar viewership hit a 10-year high on Ellen's watch.

Tumblr_n1vh0b0tqq1rtx5ico3_400"What kind of disease do I need to get to win a fuckin' award, huh???"

*widget boy cultureLeo loses to Matt, Matt snubs AIDS, Jared snubs no one.

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*widget boy cultureJennifer goes for Lupita's gold, but is headed for a big fall.

Tumblr_n1u7m9vhMu1snj5pto2_400Once is cute, twice is rehab.

*widget boy cultureLupita's the first African to win an Oscar.

Tumblr_n1udym9DHs1qh9nffo1_500Kenya believe it???

*widget boy cultureNext Oscars will be all about Airplane vs. Volcano.

*widget boy cultureDarlene Love was 20 feet from every star, not about to miss her big break:

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*widget boy cultureLady Gaga was at the Oscars. No one cared.

Tumblr_n1u6u0Gj7n1t1rvzco4_250And the crowd goes mild.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's after-party was the be-all, end-all.

MadonnaMadonna gave Jane Krakowski (sur)realness!

*widget boy cultureNOW SHE'S A BLUE-HAIR: Liza's hair was everything at the Oscars:

Tumblr_n1u1c2bjtX1s9dykmo1_400Reminds me of her Results-era 'do.