Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday Books

Gay Author

Gay Author, Gay Subject


Like other such lives, like all lives, this is a tragedy; high hopes, noble efforts; under thickening difficulties and impediments, ever-new nobleness of valiant effot; - and the result, death...
~Thomas Carlyle, The Life of John Sterling, 1851

I should like this to be used as an epitaph when I die, but it's a very vain notion. And, anyway, inscriptions on tombs are expensive.
~Irère Némirovsky, 1934

I'm already in love with this book and can't wait to make pesto completely by hand. Fuck blenders!

No matter where I live, my goal is always to make a space that could be in such a book as this.

Tap water is poison.
~A flyer touting the stock of a Texas bottled water company.

When we're done, tap water will be relegated to showers and washing dishes.
~Susan Wellington, president of the Quaker Oats Company's United States beverage division.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beau: I Want Your Love

Thank you to Dudetube for the literal and metaphorical heads up. Also go there for more still shots of the movie.

And go to Naked Sword for the 12 minute preview. Very NSFW, but very hot. I love porn, but this is more: it is beautiful and real and the men are real men - not the sugar-coated confections that appear in some porn. I didn't even mind the condom.

And thanks to the lovely, lovely bottom, I'm going to keep my beard for a bit.

Tuesday Books

"Glory-hole-lujah. Amen." ~ Heather McCormack, Library Journal

New edition will give you super, legal powers!

Even when we feel we can't change things, it's important to have awareness of what has happened. If you are unaware of what has happened, it means you're not alive in many respects. And to be unalive in many places within yourself means you are missing a lot of the experience of being on this planet. And this planet is not to be missed.
~Alice Walker

LESBIANS! Or more succintly Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares.

This division of labour, from which so many advantages are derived, is not originally the effect of any human wisdom, which foresees and intends that general opulence to which it gives occasion. It is the necessary, though very slow and gradual, consequence of a certain propensity in human nature which has in view no such extensive utility; the propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another.
~Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

I still have hope. He hasn't complete disappointed me...yet.

Tuesday Beau: Music I Know Nothing About

This is apparently Scott, half of the brother duo Frightened Rabbit - Grant plays drums.

And this is vocalist Anthony Green of Circa Survive.

I may hate both these bands, but a pretty face will insure that I'll attempt at least one listen.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Books

We may get our Silent Spring afterall. :(

They've made it again.
Which means the globe's still working, the Creation's
Still waking refreshed, our summer's
Still all to come -
~Ted Hughes, "Swifts"

I am a bit afraid of this book (and the American Insurgents book below). For starters, this particular book has a very long quote from Ronald Reagan at the head of chapter 2. However, my worry is calmed slightly by the blurbs on the back from Howard Dean and Chris Bohjalian.

As I said before, I fear this book a little - how long before it appears on the Glenn Beck show and is misread by every teabagger out there as an actual call to arms. But there are three blurbs on the back from three different Pulitzer Prize winning authors, so hopefully it will be seen as too intelligent for that particular group.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Have a Good Weekend

Beau: Ryan Bertroche

This is a still taken from a video Ice by Samuel Zakuto - Towleroad posted the video in March and since then the video has been made private. (Boo, you whore!)

So in lieu of that video, I give you...


Thursday Book

This is the story of Jesus and his brother Christ, of how they were born, of how they lived and of how one of them died. The death of the other is not part of the story.

If you've not read the His Dark Materials trilogy, I command you to put down what you are doing right this very minute and go do so.

New Hole

We just got Hole's new album here at the LPL. Live Through This was one of my favorite albums in high school, and "Jennifer's Body" was daily heard coming from my room. My sister Jennifer and I hated each other, and I felt stifled by my family and my community and my budding sexuality. The line "Kill the family / Save the son!" was often sung and/or lip-synced with especial passion.

I know Courtney Love is mostly a joke now, but I need to go buy the first album stat.

Beau: Milo and Elijah

"My brother is my boyfriend, and I am his boyfriend," says one of the twins during a phone call from Prague (Elijah and Milo sound so much alike on the phone it is impossible to tell which one is speaking). "He is my lifeblood, and he is my only love."

There's more at Lifelube

Beau: Buttless Chaps

Very hot!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

One More Excerpt

Meanwhile, here we have this body known as George's body, asleep on this bed and snoring quite loud. The dampness of the ocean air affects its sinuses; and anyhow, it snores extra loud after drinking. Jim used to kick it awake, turn it over on its side, sometimes get out of bed in a fury and go to sleep in the front room.

But is all of George altogether present here?

Up the coast a few miles north, in a lava reef under the cliffs, there are a lot of rock pools. You can visit them when the tide is out. Each pool is separate and different, and you can, if you are fanciful, give them names, such as George, Charlotte, Kenny, Mrs. Strunk. Just as George and the others are thought of, for convenience, as individual entities, so you may think of a rock pool as an entity; though, of course, it is not. The waters of its consciousness - so to speak - are swarming with hunted anxieties, grim-jawed greeds, dartingly vivid intuitions, old crusty-shelled rock-gripping obstinacies, deep-down sparkling undiscovered secrets, ominous protean organisms motioning mysteriously, perhaps warningly, toward the surface light. How can such a variety of creatures coexist at all? Because they have to. The rocks of the pool hold their world together. And, throughout the day of the ebb tide, they know no other.

But that long day ends at last; yields to the nighttime of the flood. And, just as the waters of the ocean come flooding, darkening over the pools, so over George and the others in sleep come the waters of that other ocean - that consciousness which is no one in particular but which contains everyone and everything, past, present and future, and extends unbroken beyond the uttermost stars. We may surely suppose that, in the darkness of full flood, some of these creatures are lifted from their pools to drift far out over the deep waters. But do they ever bring back, when the daytime of the ebb returns, any kind of catch with them? Can they tell us, in any manner, about their journey? Is there, indeed, anything for them to tell - except that the waters of the ocean are not really other than the waters of the pool?

~Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man 183-184

Thursday Books

Man is neither angel nor beast, and it is unfortunately the case that anyone trying to act the angel acts the beast.
~Blaise Pascal, Pensées

No, it isn't only because the guy on the cover is cute...

...I need help!

Who wants "freedom from porn"? If I had to deal with the stress of children, I'd want EASIER access to porn!

OMG Beau!

Thank you, J@v@Junkie!

UPDATE: Thanks to the very hunky stud, Mr. Steed, we now know this is Logan McCree. See a whole lot more of him at!

Currently Reading

I like this commercial

And, yes, he does look like you.

Rachel Maddow Rips Rand Paul a New One

I read! I read!

Check out Hot Guys Reading Books

Thank you, Mr. Steed, for the link.

Thursday Morning Beau: Valerio

Thanks, WickedGayBlog: This is Ricky Martin's boyfriend! Yum!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Must Read

In many instances if I see the movie before I read the book upon which it is based, I will not read the book and vice versa. Almost in all cases of reading the book before the movie, the movie will disappoint, and then in some instances - especially with most contemporary literature turned into film - the movie is better (e.g. The Da Vinci Code - not that it was even all that good of a film, but it did its job.).

And then on a few rare occasions, the book and the movie are equally good though different and one typically makes you want to experience the other. Tom ford's A Single Man did this for me, and as soon as we got copies of the book by Christopher Isherwood, I checked it out, planning to read it. Though the film and book cover the same basic plotline, they are two completely different horses.

Tom Ford's film is humorous as George's attempts at "clean" suicide become more and more absurd, and also more "gay" as well see more and more of George's life with not only Jim but also at the potential of picking up a trick. The dynamic between George and Charlotte is also more tense, Charley's misunderstanding of George's relationship with Jim is amped up causing much more tension in the film, than the simple annoyance conveyed in the book.

In Isherwood's book, there are no suicide attempts; there are no flashbacks to a life with Jim, just the occasional mention of where they met, where Jim died; there is no trick nearly picked up outside the store. And though Charley slips George the tongue, she never questions that George's relationship was indeed a real one. There is humor, but it is mixed both with bitterness and anger that is missing in the movie. George never seems bitter in the movie at Jim, while he does in the book - this becomes even more apparent in a section involving a character who is dying a cancer - a woman named Doris who went away with Jim once to Mexico to vacation and to have sex - while Jim and George were a couple. Yes, the bitterness and anger are there but they are more saddening to read because on some level, they (and Doris) are all George's has left of Jim. In the film, Jim and George are unequivocally in love - I imagine in the book, they are at least what Isherwood would consider more realistic. I like them either way.

The only real difference I liked moreso is Ford's handling of the ending of the book. George and Kenny end up drunk and at George's house, Kenny asleep on George's sofa. Then, George, happy at the night's progression, dies. However, in the book, George wakes up alone in his home, still happy at the night's progression but alone and questioning what may have happened, and then Isherwood plays a game of what-if: "Just let us suppose, however...." This followed by George's death, a death that seems to come about not out of necessity but because what? Isherwood was tired of writing? Isherwood wanted his character to suffer? I don't know.

So, no, let's not suppose. Instead let George wake up in the morning, let him go to school, befriend Kenny, and let them travel to Mexico together. Hmm? Shall we?
Think of two people, living together day after day, year after year, in this small space, standing elbow to elbow cooking at the same small stove, squeezing past each other on the narrow stairs, shaving in front of the same small bathroom mirror, constantly jogging, jostling, bumping against each other's bodies by mistake or on purpose, sensually, aggressively, awkwardly, impatiently, in rage or in love - think what deep though invisible tracks they must leave, everywhere, behind them! The doorway into the kitchen has been built too narrow. Two people in a hurry, with plates of food in their hands, are apt to keep colliding here. And it is here, nearly every morning, that Goerge, having reached the bottom of the stairs, has this sensation of suddenly finding himself on an abrupt, brutally broken off, jagged edge - as though the track had disappeared down a landslide. It is here that he stops short and knows, with a sick newness, almost as though it were for the first time: Jim is dead. Is dead. (12-13)

I could post many more quotes but I think this overall is the theme and the feel of the book and the movie. Especially the first half of the quote ending with "And it is here..."

Okay. One more:
Already the lights seem far, far behind. They are bright but they cast no beams; perhaps they are shining on a layer of high fog. The waves ahead are barely visible. Their blackness is immensely cold and wet. Kenny is tearing off his clothes with wild whooping cries. The last remaining minim of George's caution is aware of the lights and the possibility of cruise cars and cops, but he doesn't hesitate, he is no longer able to; this dash from the bar can only end in the water. He strips himself clumsily, tripping over his pants. Kenny, stark naked now, has plunged and is wading straight in, like a fearless native warrior, to attack the waves. The undertow is very strong. George flounders for a while in a surge of stones. As he finally struggles through and feels sand under his feet, Kenny comes body-surfing out of the night and shoots past him without a glance - a water-creature absorbed in its element. (161-162)