193 posts categorized "MAGAZINES"
Closer Magazine has fascinated me since its inception.
A part of the Bauer empire, which includes checkout check-me-outs like Life & Style and In Touch (the title of which will forever belong to the '70s/'80s gay-porn mag in my mind), Closer is an odd duck — instead of 30something moms, it is targeted to old-timers, focusing on subjects who are mostly dead and buried.
The tagline, “Closer to the Stars You Love,” has always struck me as meaning it's for people who are about to join the great stars of yesteryear gossiping over that great clothesline in the sky.
But it's a solid publication, beautifully done. I just can't imagine how Bauer finds the readership — and more power to them for doing so, as nostalgia is a huge part of my own life. (I am closer and closer to the stars I love each day!)
Now, I'm proud that someone I know — who is alive! — is on the cover: ultimate Lucy fan/pal Michael Stern.
Stern, the author of the fabulously dishy-without-being-catty I Had a Ball: My Life with Lucille Ball — Revised Edition ($28.99, iUniverse), gave an exclusive interview to Closer, talking about Lucy's real-life hidden secret. No, she didn't eat Carolyn's Appleby, as my friend John suggested. The interview is more about Lucy's self-doubt in her later years.
Key quote from Stern:
She really stayed home and did not get out. She had to be forced to go to the supermarket. She felt her fans didn't like her anymore, even though it wasn't true because anytime she'd do a public apperance, there was a standing ovation. The applause was deafening.
The rest of the article contains quotes from I Love Lucy guest star (very few of those left!) Barbara Eden, as well as Little Ricky himself, Keith Thibodeaux. Check it out if you can, and definitely check out Stern's book if you, too, loved Lucy.
Keep reading to watch and listen to Barbara Eden remembering Lucy ...
Dlisted: Charlie Hunnam's fitness routine? Sex.
BuzzFeed: Aussie politician says gays have fake families, use Nazi mind control techniques to win people over.
NPR: After Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade organizers the Allied War Veterans voted them out 9-4, gay group OutVets may be allowed back in after public outcry.
OMG Blog: Skater/model bros Benjamin & Michael Godfre go skating in the raw, and here come the GIFs.
Kenneth in the (212): Gay mags and gay rags for gay — fans. Plus: Most have hot guys.
Madonna's latest cover, for Serbian Bazaar, reminded me of her very first full-cover mag appearance, on the October 1983 cover of the now-defunct Island Magazine.
200 of Madonna's Greatest Mag Covers Here!
That initial pose — shot by Curtis Knapp — was, of course, a tribute to the famous 1928 one struck by Greta Garbo and captured by Steichen.
I think if Madonna were shown, back in 1983, how she would look in 2017, she'd have to be relieved.
Sorry if it sounds harsh, but reading unbearably pompous gay writer Chadwick Moore's eye-rolling story of being oh-so-very upset that his gay friends have turned on him now that he is a right-winger who thinks businesses should have a right to discriminate against us, I couldn't help but focus on his odd neediness to impress and bond with his conservative father.
Just suck his dick and get it over with already, bro.
Oh, wait, that's right, we lefties are mean girls, so if we say anything mean, we're in a bubble. Unlike Ann Coulter, who Moore —in his coming-out — notes is witty and smart.
Moore's a total hypocrite for whining about mean libs. He interviewed the — I can assure you, extremely warm and genuine — Nick Jonas for Out, then later excoriated Jonas for having the balls to speak out on behalf of LGBTQ rights. He told Nick to fuck off on Twitter, and wrote an absolute rant on Facebook that he has since gutlessly deleted.
Moore's writing is also a slog — filled with a holier-than-thou vibe and riddled with devil's advocacy (he was the devil all along, not just his advocate), so it's completely unsurprising that he would declare he is a conservative. The only shocker is that he claims he voted for Hillary, which is not exactly believable since in the same piece he says he and his beloved dad spent hours bonding over “the ridiculousness of lefties.”
The ridiculousness of lefties? Let's review:
Yeah, spare me your high-grounded reasonableness, Chadwick.
I commend Chadwick's best friend, who dropped him like a hot sack of shit over his right-wing conversion. This is not about incuriousness and not tolerating free speech, this is about a gay man, writing for a magazine with the title of OUT (hope they use him Chadwick Less) who now believes that businesses in the U.S. should be allowed to discriminate against gay people.
Moore has written that he doesn't want to be tolerated, he wants to be loved or hated. That says everything about his character, and his attention-whoring. (Also: Put me down for hate.)
In his anti-Nick Jonas FB post that Moore scotched, he wrote:
And I keep wondering, to my sisters and brothers--when will the mothership return for us? This planet doesn’t deserve us. Maybe it’s time we check out.
You are not our brother, nor our sister; you are an embarrassment whose lack of self-esteem is worn as the opposite, so ... you first. Bye-eee.
Malaysian government endorses conversion therapy to combat homosexuality.
Incredible snaps of Jean-Michel Basquiat at home in the East Village back in the day.
Riots hit Paris over alleged rape of black man at the hands of cops.
Trump's first Cabinet pick to NOT get confirmed won't even get a vote: Puzder out.
Paris Vogue's first trans cover: