387 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Apr 23 2015
Book 'em: The New Gooch & Signorile Comments (0)

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I wrote to Brad Gooch several months ago to ask him about his late partner Howard Brookner as Img300part of my Encyclopedia Madonnica research. Brookner directed the mostly unseen gem Bloodhounds of Broadway (1988), which he completed at the expense of his health—he was dying of AIDS, but pushed through the process in order to make the film he wanted to make. Sadly, the studio didn't like his film and ordered cuts that weakened it. He died before it hit the theaters.

Brad was kind enough to reply, and mentioned that all questions would be answered in his upcoming memoir, the just-released Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the '70s & the '80s (Harper, April 2015, $27.99). I'm not sure every Madonna question I had is answered herein, but those questions faded quickly as I read. Gooch has documented his life during an exciting and, as those of us who are a few years younger often forget (the '80s weren't always totally awesome), harrowing time in New York, and has done so with unselfconscious ease that makes his memoir a literary achievement more than a simple biography. It's also more than the bio of a guy who loved a guy who died; it's a bio of guys who loved guys who died, and a bio of New York City.

Gooch's years as an overthinking model, a sexual libertine and, though it wasn't called this then, a husband are beautifully communicated. It's short but impactful, like a poem you didn't realize you'd been waiting your whole life to read and stumbled across by chance. It's Just Kids (2010)-level work, and you should probably be reading it instead of this blog.

My own memoir is coming in a few months. It's not as good as this, nor is it really even comparable, nor should I even try to compare them. Still, I couldn't help thinking I'm glad I don't have anything this heart-breaking to write about, and that I'm humbled by the grace in Brad's insightful writing.

Img301It seemed fitting to write about Michelangelo Signorile's book It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia & Winning True Equality (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, $27) in this post as well. Michelangelo all but invented the concept of outing (giving too many gay people something to fear and to use in order to capitulate to the status quo), but while he didn't invent gay activism, he probably reinvented it. His thoughts on where the struggle for gay rights stands are sobering and empowering. You can read it as a case of our rights being half-fulfilled or half-unfulfilled, but while his argument is that we could lose it if we don't keep working, it never comes across as defeatist or concern-trolly, two descriptors all too applicable to left-wing writing.

It's a kick-ass book for people who are thinking we've already kicked ass. We have some, a lot, but there's more left.

 
Apr 20 2015
With Her, It's Always Something Comments (0)

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I'd never seen this footage of Sandra Bernhard from 1984. It's clearly some kind of workshop of Without You I'm Nothing. Great stuff...

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Apr 18 2015
Madonnabilia! Comments (0)

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Amazingly rare Madonnabilia is up for grabs at Julien's Auctions in May. Check out some of the picks of the litter above and below. 

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Apr 15 2015
Need To Know: Hillary United + Jaden Ciccone + Tossing CUCUMBER's Salad + The Bad Old Days + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHillary strengthens her position against Citizens United.

*widget boy cultureJaden Smith proclaims he's “the new male Madonna.”

*widget boy cultureMadonna & Janet Jackson on Square Pegs???

*widget boy cultureRihanna doing coke.

*widget boy cultureLOGO's Cucumber gets some love. (I thought it was like tofu.)

*widget boy cultureIan McKellen's new role.

*widget boy cultureA piece of history for $10,000.

*widget boy cultureKimora Lee Simmons gives birth.

*widget boy cultureNew Brad Gooch memoir: NYC, AIDS, the '80s & more.

*widget boy cultureBELOW: What a view!

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Apr 13 2015
Need To Know: Yes, We Kayne + Queen Of The Hil + Cop Killers + Just Kids + Abs Grab + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKayne Lawton is the hottest jock-turned-model ever.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton's kick-off video featured 2 gay couples.

*widget boy cultureQueerty wants Hillary to woo us.

*widget boy cultureHRC is better-positioned to win this time.

*widget boy cultureHillary road trip!

*widget boy cultureWalter Scott's murder Michael Slager laughs over his kill.

*widget boy cultureAnother heinous murder-by-cop, complete with mockery.

*widget boy cultureMore signs that NYC's Chelsea is in a free fall.

*widget boy cultureCeleb ass-grabs.

*widget boy cultureMadonna posts rare pic with Basquiat.

*widget boy cultureThe MTV Movie Awards were eventful.

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Apr 01 2015
Wired: Classic MOMMIE DEAREST Gifs Comments (0)
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In honor of the news that Faye Dunaway is revisiting Mommie Dearest (1980) in a new memoir, check out some of the best-ever animated gifs that from classic/classically bad film.

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Need To Know: Mommie Issues A Book! + CATFISH Fever + For Ryan, Out Loud + Moore Talent + Kiddie Porn??? + Savage Attack + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFaye Dunaway shocks w/o makeup, sells home, revisits Mommie Dearest.

*widget boy cultureThis revealing pic may make you a Catfish hunter.

*widget boy cultureRyan Gosling inspires beautiful music.

*widget boy cultureJoni Mitchell health crisis. Now in good spirits (which she isn't usually!).

*widget boy cultureElton John's pal defends Indiana anti-gay law.

*widget boy cultureJulianne Moore allegedly canned for bad acting.

*widget boy culture10% of 12- to 13-year-olds addicted to porn?

*widget boy cultureHate group wants Dan Savage sitcom cancelled.

*widget boy cultureWalmart is against the anti-gay law the Arkansas governor is set to sign.

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Mar 29 2015
What's Your Favorite '80s Movie? Comments (0)

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Just a few of mine are: Airplane! (1980), Nine to Five (1980), Looker (1981), Body Double (1984), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Parting Glances (1986). Some because they're bad-good, some because they're just good-good.

You?