More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles “celebrates the still transgressive world of gay leathermen and Tom of Finland’s place in Los Angeles’ architectural history.” Continue reading More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

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CCLaP Fridays: Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters, by Pagan Kennedy

This week I review the 1997 classic “Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters,” where the Queen of ‘Zines offers advice and lifestyle tips. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters, by Pagan Kennedy

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Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

The Argument David Bowie’s recent death has closed a page on music history. On a more personal level, Bowie has been a constant in my life for decades. Beyond mere 80s nostalgia (Labyrinth) or 90s nostalgia (Lost Highway, Outside, and Earthling), Bowie has been instrumental to me personally as a taste-maker. He led me down strange avenues and provided the raw material for discovery and aesthetic experimentation. Embryo My fascinating with David Bowie began early. I can still remember the first Bowie album I bought, sometime in the Nineties. It was a CD of Tonight (1984), an album even Bowie … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

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Commonplace Book: Belize describes Heaven to Roy Cohn

A final hurray to MP Johnson Week with an excerpt from Angels in America, by Tony Kushner. The Characters BELIZE, a former drag queen and former lover of Prior’s. A registered nurse. Belize’s name was originally Norman Arriaga; Belize is a drag name that stuck. ROY M. COHN, a successful New York lawyer and unofficial power broker, now facing disbarment and dying of AIDS. ROY: Let me ask you something, sir. BELIZE: Sir? ROY: What’s it like? After? BELIZE: After …? ROY: The misery ends. BELIZE: Hell or Heaven? (Roy stares at Belize.) BELIZE: Like San Francisco. ROY: A city. … Continue reading Commonplace Book: Belize describes Heaven to Roy Cohn

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