33 posts categorized "NEW YORK MAGAZINE"

Dec 20 2011
When They're 64 Comments (8)

In New York's "Reasons to Love New York" issue (December 19—26, 2011), reason #4 is that "after 64 years together, Louis Halsey and John Spofford Morgan finally got hitched." The story, by Jesse Green, is about how the men—who met on May 17, 1947—held out all these years for marriage equality and finally took the plunge on November 11. It's truly endearing.

Nov 07 2011
His Wicked, Wicked Ways Comments (6)


UPDATE: That was fast; Ratner, who's supposed to produce the Oscars so came under more pressure than he might have normally, has apologized for not expressing himself better.

Brett Ratner, uberdouchebag director of Tower Heist, unleashed this gem when asked if he rehearses with his actors before shooting:

"Rehearsing is for fags."

As New York Magazine points out, so is his next dream project Wicked. But I doubt gay people have the collective spine to resist a movie version of Wicked, even if it were directed by Marcus Bachmann himself.

P.S. Interesting that his new movie stars Mr. Ironic Homophobia himself, Eddie Murphy. Also, note that I'm well aware I used the word myself two posts ago; I think the context is demonstrably different and humorous in an inclusive way, as opposed to Ratner using it to mean something dismissive. But fire away if you disagree.

Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

IMG_7536Prove it!

As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e89143e3e970d-400wiOf whom are you more jealous?

Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.




PreviewScreenSnapz001Construction worker (shot this week) vs. James Dean

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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Img_0330Not totally built

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551ff08528834-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath 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.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01538f1f464a970b-400wiBe Italian

CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f10b4de8833-800wiDeath becomes here

ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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Oct 16 2011
Zachary Quinto Goes Where Too Few Famous Men Have Gone Before Comments (17)


UPDATE: Quinto's blog entry on this subject is very powerful.

Zachary Quinto has come out as a gay man for the first time publicly, in the context of a New York Magazine interview. (Now if he will please not say, "I was always out, what are you talking about?" it will be perfection!)

I don't have a preference for how public figures do it—a splashy mainstream-mag cover, an Advocate interview, to head off an outing by a tabloid or a casual reference in New York Magazine. It's all good. And I think coming out in so many different ways is part of the point, that gayness is everywhere and is not homogeneous.

Good for you, Zachary Quinto. And good for us.


His statement, "We are terrified of facing ourselves"—that's powerful and insightful. Check out the second comment at Joe.My.God. for proof, "Some fem [sic] actor is not a big deal." Jesus, this "masc only" thing is poison in the gay community. Oh, and it's signed by, um, "Guest."

Sep 20 2011
Oybama Comments (1)

Just in time to combat a rising feeling among Jews that Barack Obama is kinda "meh" on Israel, a clever cover of New York co-opts Bill Clinton's status as the country's first "black" prez, dubbing Obama our first "Jewish" prez.

Aug 23 2011
They Weren't Ready For That Jelly Comments (6)

Deborah Harry, looking angular and plugging Blondie's new Panic of Girls album, has a rather somber interview with New York (August 29, 2011), in which she remembers an economic downturn in the band's fortunes:

"Chris got really sick. Our record company folded. We had poor management. Mercenary management. Suddenly we were broke. The IRS took our house. I was famous. I'd hear myself on the radio, and it felt like the whole world collapsed around me. I didn't sing for years."

Does she regret not becoming as big a brand as Madonna? It's not Madonna she uses in this hypothetical:

"Big as we were, sometimes I am completely miserable about not becoming a giant megastar, like Beyoncé or someone. I tell myself my little art pretensions held me back, kept me at a certain level, like a cult figure, and how truly awful that is. Then I see myself in the mirror and just laugh because that stuff is just stupid, you know?"

Jul 27 2011
Papa Mia Comments (0)

Dominic Cooper is looking sexy in New York (August 1, 2011). He's about to "become quite famous," they predict, for his role in a dual role in The Devil's Double as Saddam Hussein's late son Uday and Uday's double.

May 20 2011
Confessions Of A Blue-Collar Drama Queen Comments (4)

I loved Roseanne Barr. At first. I was a fan of her show and liked her boundaries-testing humor. She was the fat Madonna before Madonna was the skinny Oprah.

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May 03 2011
Ka-Blah, Blah, Blah? Comments (8)

A stinging article in New York covers Madonna's devotion to Kabbalah at biblical length. One key take-away (with thanks to Joe):

"Women, as it turns out, don’t need to be on Earth—their reincarnation is assured, and they’re here only to help men achieve their purpose. 'Satan, which we also call the E_kabbalah_madonna opponent within, knows that women are the key to a man’s success, and the reason the world suffers is because women aren’t doing their job,' says Phillips. 'Women need to kick men’s asses! I’m serious. Kicking ass is more sexy and a turn-on than anything else, because now the woman is talking to my soul.

"'You can see why such a philosophy might appeal to Madonna, with her bondage outfits and bayonetlike brassieres. Madonna became close with the Bergs, and they with her; Karen has even noted that Madonna 'keeps a kosher home, she observes Shabbat, she circumcised her son and had her [ex-] husband circumcised.' (Yes, you read the last part correctly.)"

So Madonna may not be castrating bitch so many of her detractors say she is...but you're getting warmer!

Madonna_Concert_Image The article is quite cynical about Kabbalah, but then again so am I. I think it's made Madonna feel better about herself and I cast no aspersions on her desire to better the world. But the rest of it I find as silly as most other spiritual belief systems. Meanwhile, the author has her own detractors.

Overall, I think it's not a bad thing to scrutinize what a big star with a big ego is doing with tons of donations meant to help kids, and while some of the details raise an expensively arched eyebrow, I still think Madonna's intentions are pure and that she will follow through on her goals. (Jeez, that sounds flowery and delusional, but I call it like I see it!)

Aug 24 2010
All Atwitter Comments (12)

Lady GaGa is now officially the Queen of Twitter—and she's even posted an inaugural message. But as for another title...

Queen of the universe
...Madonna's not conceding just yet.