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Sep 30 2015
Standing With Hillary Comments (0)

DSC06392Madame POTUS?

Tonight, three years (I can't believe it!) after my run-in with President Obama, I was able to attend a reception for future President Hillary Clinton at Jay Z's 40/40 Club on W. 25th St. here in Manhattan.

IMG_7896She went thatta way!

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.28.51 PMEntering, we had to pass a couple of anti-Hillary loons in Pinocchio noses murmuring about Benghazi. Oddly, they didn't really dampen anyone's enthusiasm. The woman is imperfect, but her desire to change the country for the better and her intellect are formidable.

It was an intimate gathering, no more than about 60 supporters, I would guess, a decidedly youthful and racially diverse lot. I spent most of my time chatting with a sexy guy whose company is already helping the campaign take advantage of digital outreach, and a guy who apparently invented an app that scans any object at all and provides you with info about it. He was telling me that the legendary photographer Albert Watson has promised him 7,000 outtakes of his famous shots of the late Steve Jobs.

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Sep 23 2015
Amazon Race: ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA Is Here! Comments (0)

*******FINACL BW COVER JPEGCover photo by Richard Corman. Book design by Anthony Coombs.

Finally, it's here.

It took a year from the time of my successful Kickstarter campaign, but my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20—an update of my original Madonna bio from 1995—is now finished and ready to be digested, argued about, praised, and trashed ... just like Madonna herself.

If you were one of the people who gave $45 or more to my Kickstarter campaign in fall 2014,or if you bought a book from me via Paypal in July 2015, your Limited Edition, which has an exclusive cover by Pegasus Street Artist that looks like this:


... is either on its way to you or soon will be. IF YOU ORDERED A BOOK AND DON'T HAVE IT 30 DAYS FROM TODAY, FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT THAT TIME: matthewrettenmund@gmail.com.

Full disclosure: Because I collected money in advance, I am stuck now having to sit and individually order each of those copies from my printer, one by one. All 500. Yeah. So please be patient, and please know I am impatiently trying to get your book to you. Those people will also receive, separately in the mail, a signed/numbered bookplate. The bookplates look like this:


The first 100 copies get the '70s illustration, the next 100 get the '80s and so on. No one can request the era they want; it's all pre-assigned. Alejandro Mogollo outdid himself on these collectible bookplates, as well as on the 20+ images he contributed to my book.

Here is a sample of a new illustration (not in my book) that Alejandro just did to give you another taste of his brilliance:

12038993_10206629141440273_4163913888625778184_oIllustration by Alejandro Mogollo

The people who paid early got the benefit of a discounted price for a limited version of the book, but the regular edition ($65) is also very cool—the limited edition is 600 pages, while the regular is still 584, and the regular edition has a never-ever-before-seen image of Madonna and her gang circa 1983 on the back cover.

For anyone still interested in a limited edition, I am going to see how many I have left after I ship all my sold copies. It won't be many, so I can't play favorites and alert people individually. My plan is to eBay those last remaining copies so everyone has a chance; and I would eBay however many are left simultaneously so the prices remain sane.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has contributed. Please share this link (and use hashtags #EncyclopediaMadonnica and #EM20) to help me move some books:


I'm seeing my final Rebel Heart Tour show in Philly tomorrow, so this is a big week for closure!

Stay tuned for news of an NYC book party!!!

Sep 21 2015

If you have purchased a copy of Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 and have any errors to point out, suggestions or comments, please comment below!


What follows is an exhaustive list of all sources I consulted, quoted from and otherwise used in preparing my book Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 for publication.

I made every effort to double-check quotes and factual information, and to make attributions where appropriate.

I welcome your comments regarding anything you believe is missing or inaccurate. Also, please feel free to leave comments with links to other useful resources that Madonna fans and scholars might like to explore.—Matthew Rettenmund, September 2015

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Sep 18 2015
Pole Cat Comments (0)


Anthony Coombs is the talented guy who took on the herculean task of designing my 600-page Encyclopedia Madonnica (available on Amazon soon). Above, he displays his visual wit. I wouldn't be shocked if this image circulates for years and is taken as being legit.

Sep 03 2015
Need To Know: Speak Softly, Carry A Big Selfie Stick + Girls' Locker Room Boycott + Look At Me, I'm Sandra B. + Hairy Situation + CELEBRITY BIG Blunder + MORE! Comments (0)

That-Darn-Cat-classic-disney-18061174-1067-800Dean Jones (January 25, 1931—September 1, 2015) in That Darn Cat! (1965)

*widget boy cultureDisney-movie veteran Dean Jones dies @ 84. Images

*widget boy culturePresident Obama employs dictatorial selfie stick in Alaska.

*widget boy cultureHigh schoolers betray trans classmate, stage walk-out over locker access.

*widget boy cultureOfficers to be tried separately for Freddie Gray death.

*widget boy cultureSandra Bullock's new beau is HOT.

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#NothingButJeans by @sergeleephoto for @fashionablymale, styled by @according2kai I will love you 'till the end of time.

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*widget boy cultureChristina Applegate as Meryl Streep = priceless.

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*widget boy cultureCelebrity Big Brother UK almost let Janice Dickinson die on camera.

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Aug 26 2015
Got Away Comments (0)

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My Maui getaway was memorable ... in many ways: Beauty's where you find it, but that means you have to look for it sometimes. Found plenty. Hope to share some of my thousands of photos in some way eventually, as they're not your standard vacation slides that your aunt pushes on you.

Idyllic weather minus one morning of rain.

Feeling somewhat recharged, and greedily eyeballing my return visit!

Aug 21 2015
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Aug 20 2015
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This is me as I made the decision to book a trip to Maui.

I fly out today. Even if my flight vanishes (I suggested it, so there's no way it will happen), I have posted lots of stuff on Boy Culture to keep your brains and at least one of your hands busy until I return.

Feel free to share the HELL out of anything you like, which will help my traffic avoid cratering.


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