356 posts categorized "ME"

May 04 2020
I Wish It Would Never End: Why Saying Goodbye To Books Puts Me In A Bind Comments (0)

Flesh-and-fantasy-book-boyculutureDo judge this book by its cover. (Image via St. Martin's Press)

I have a hard time turning the page on things.

The hardest for me is ephemera, various types of which I collect religiously — beefcake photography and clippings, advertising, Madonna magazines and ... books.

I'm a writer, and most of my career has involved some form of publishing, first book publishing (I worked for a rare female literary agent, who was equal parts bohemian and John Bircher; and for St. Martin's Press as an editorial assistant), then news (Reuters, ever so briefly), then porn (when the owner of Mavety Media scoffed at my suggestion he digitize his millions of slides because men would never adapt to jerking off at a computer), then teen entertainment (I founded a pinup mag), then blogging. Through it all, I've published and self-published my own books, too.

In spite of that, I have found less and less time to read over the years, have perhaps even developed — against my will — an aversion to reading anything too long, like a kid seeing a fascinating-looking YouTube video then clicking away upon realizing the length is 8 minutes-plus. In the past few years, I've read scandalously few books, even though I've tried. Does leaving them, half-read, displayed prominently on the little table by my bed count as reading them?

I tried Andrew Sean Greer's orgiastically praised Less, but wanted more.

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May 03 2020
Madonna & I Celebrate Important New York Anniversaries: SPEED-THE-PLOW Turns 32 Comments (0)
Madonna-speed-the-plow-mamet-boycultureI didn't get to see Madonna on the street, but I do now own that signage, inset. I guess this is a good example of why collecting ephemera has so much power — it's a substitute for, or reinforcement of, memories.
 
Thirty-two years ago today, on May 3, 1988, Madonna made her Broadway debut as David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow officially opened. Jennifer Grey, Billy Joel, Jennifer Beals and others showed up that night, and such luminaries as Jackie Onassis watched during the run.
 
 
The play received solid reviews (it was Tony-nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play, and the late Ron Silver won the Tony for Best Actor), but Madonna was mostly panned. Frank Rich, in an outlier New York Times, review, controversially wrote:
 
Although her role is the smallest, Madonna is the axis on which the play turns —  an enigma within an enigma, in the manner of the Lindsay Crouse heroine in House of Games. It's a relief to report that this rock star's performance is safely removed from her own Hollywood persona. Madonna serves Mr. Mamet's play much as she did the Susan Seidelman film Desperately Seeking Susan, with intelligent, scrupulously disciplined comic acting. She delivers the shocking transitions essential to the action and needs only more confidence to relax a bit and fully command her speaking voice.
 
I made my first trip to NYC in order to see my idol late in the run of Speed-the-Plow, even though money was hard to come by. With $110 in my pocket, I landed in a thunderstorm on August 25, 1988, and told my cab driver, “Take me to the — “ well, to my friend's apartment building. Cost $18.
 
 
I saw Madonna & Co. on the day before the original cast ended its run. Imagine having so much invested in the belief that Madonna, who had loudly proclaimed she was over the play by then, would show up for her second to last matinee! But she did.

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Apr 28 2020
Don't Lead, Follow! Comments (0)

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At least, follow me?

If you're into hot guys, please come follow HERE.

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If you like my blasts from the past, please come follow HERE and visit Gr8erDays.com.

I'm also on Twitter and Facebook.

 
Feb 06 2020
Flashback To Madonnathon '92 Comments (0)

I went to this and my mom was PISSED that I was in Michigan (from Chicago, where I was attending college) and didn't tell her/come home to Flushing.

I'm in here! I'm in the Madonna's Cat tee, which I've seen selling for $100s on eBay. Mine, of course, rotted at the pits 25 years ago.

 
Dec 25 2019
I Can't Wait Until Trump's Gone So We Can Say SEASON'S GREETINGS Again! Comments (0)

Seasonsgreetings(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

 
Dec 16 2019
Golden Guy + Zambia Gay Couple Get 15 Years In Prison + Touch Our Junk Theater To Be Razed + Mormon For Marriage Equality + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Puppy love.

BELOW: Zambia slams pro-gay ambassador, Touch Our Junk getting gentrified, New Year's Cockin' Eve and more ...

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Nov 18 2019
Hawaiian Eyeful + Dad Stole My Boyfriend! + Kanye's Malignant Narcissism In Full Bloom + A Pan For THE INHERITANCE + Janet Disappoints + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Arms and the man.

BELOW: Keep reading for Hawaiian eyeful, when your dad steals your boyfriend, Kanye further loses his mind, a pan for The Inheritance and more ...

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Nov 06 2019
Happy 14th Anniversary To BOY CULTURE! Comments (0)

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Happy 14th anniversary this week to BoyCulture.com, the little blog that could, did, and probably shouldn't anymore — but is.

Thanks for coming back to read what I post, thanks to those of you who share my posts, and please stay tuned — I'll have a book announcement soon, and in the near future hope to have news on Boy Culture: The Series and other fun stuff.

THANK YOU.

 
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