Well, I have seen all of the Fassbinder films currently available on DVD or video. There are only 3 remaining I’ve yet to watch — THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, GODS OF THE PLAGUE and RIO DAS MORTES. I think I am putting off watching them because I will have nothing “new” of his to watch for some time.
Am not sure if I ever mentioned it, but I did contact The Fassbinder Foundation in Germany to inquire about dates for the planned release of his remaining work. They did get back to me, but it sounds like it might not be until some time in 2005. They are currently working on restoring his 15 hour plus mini-series of BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ and it looks as if Criterion may be releasing LILI MARLENE. But the individual who contacted me made it clear that no formal agreements had been worked out. Fantoma is also very much involved with any future US/UK releases. So, I shall have a long wait. And, those who know me will agree — I am not patient.
I want to learn German and French. I want to see London, Berlin, Munich and Paris. Too bad I suck at learning foreign languages!!! Ugh!
So, for some reason outinboston.com seems to be showing both myself and Karl as if we are always on-line. Most annoying! I don’t want people to think I am being rude if they are sending me quick messages. By the way, if you are gay — out.com is much fun. I prefer it to gay.com. Just my opinion.
I finally got the book of photos by David Armstrong, Rare Flesh, with text by his lover,Clive Barker. I am somewhat disappointed. Some of the photography is interesting, but very little is original in concept. Much of Armstrong’s work is erotically derivative of Robert Mapplethorpe. Barker’s poetry is interesting, though. …and the photos are nice enough. I just was expecting something with more of an edge — and something with a new vision. Oh well.
Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! …or Banking Holiday if in the UK. …I think that is what it is called. ?
For years I have made fun of jazz. You know the sort of jazz where the singers do that “do-bee-de-do-bee-do-wob!” while the musicians kind of go in all directions where their instruments. Almost organized chaos. Anyway, as I am getting older I am developing an appreciation for real jazz. I am even toying with the idea of purchasing a Cleo Laine CD. Not sure if I am spelling her name correctly, but she is one of those top skat singers. I’ve been listening to a lot of Sarah Vaughn and Ella. I am also really getting into Billie Holiday — of course, I guess she would be considered blues. Anyway, this is a real change or departure from my normal taste in music.
…I don’t think Karl likes it much.
This has been a nice 4 day weekend, but it comes to an end tonight. Why is it that I am never ready for the breaks to end?
Oh, and I have decided to stop eating. Am just too damned porky and will be wearing a bathing suit on the beaches of PTown in about 2 weeks. I just do not need to further develop my “man tits” and tummy any more than they are now! So, the best think to do is just stop eating. Who needs food?
OK, I am not going to hide it —- and, actually, I think I once posted about my love of that 80’s trio of joy, Wilson Phillips — I have always wanted a reunion and now we have IT! And, I am seriously loving it! Peter Asher produced it. For lovers of 70’s Southern California Rock, like moi, he was the mastermind behind the once beauty of country/rock, Linda Ronstadt! Anyway, the entire CD is a sort of tribute to that sound of 1970’s California rock with some 60’s stuff thrown in for good measure. It is awesome! Don’t make fun of me! I think everyone should rush out and support Wilson Phillips. By the way, I feel that Carnie is now the hottest of the 3!
Karl does not like it and is making fun of me. He is mean! Go flame him on his blog, please!
George Bush as Dog Chew Toy
Personally, I can think of no better use for this silly man currently leading our country down a path of meaningless death and destruction. I picked one up for our puppy and am pleased to note that she loves to chew on George with wild abandon!
My original plan for the day was to sleep really late, play with Dusty and watch my ever-expanding collection of German DVD’s. However, I woke up at 8:30am and was too hyper to stay at home. I played a bit with Dusty, gave her lunch, met Karl in Harvard Square and had lunch with him and then saw “A Slipping Down Life” staring Lily Taylor. It was soooooooo bad! I was embarrassed for her. I mean, she is a fantastic actress! What was she doing in that mess of a movie?
On my way to Harvard I was listening to Prince perform his early 80’s hit, “Head” ….I failed to notice that I was singing along until I got on the subway. Sigh. I hope no one noticed. I decided not to try to find out. Just looked down and waited for my stop to arrive!
I’ve seen so many interesting films via DVD in the last couple of weeks — I really need to update my movie blog! Tonight I watched Fassbinder’s “Pioneers in Ingolstadt” and “The Tin Drum” — both were great, but “The Tin Drum” really blew me away!!!
Now, I sit at the PC listening to Sarah Vaughn croon. I was going to listen to Leon Russell, but decided I wanted to be a bit more jazzy.
Is Charity Really All That Sweet?
Each Thursday before my brother cleans our condo he likes to start the laundry and take the subway over to Cambridge where he is able to enjoy a delicious meal from Taco Bell. As I am at the start of a 4 day weekend, I decided I would join him for dinner. So, while we were having a debate about women — which by the way I wanted to bring my best friend, Beth, in on — but Roy told me that this was a private debate. …So, dear blog readers I am unable to share the nature of the debate. Anyway, Roy forced me to go to Borders where I purchased that new Three Dog Night Greatest Hits CD.
I also decided to check out showtunes to see if I could find the soundtrack of SHOWBOAT. I found one, but it was really old. Bonnie Raitt’s father was the big star of the production. I was thinking that there was a movie soundtrack or something. I decided to hold off on that one just in case one of you can guide me to best version of that musical. Imagine my surprise when I found the soundtrack to the movie version of SWEET CHARITY!!!! Although, I know it is not a good movie, I do love to watch it! And, now I’ve the soundtrack on CD! No one does “The Rhythm of Life” better than Sammy Davis, Jr! I also really like the movie version of “Big spender”
Roy is now cleaning and I am preparing for a nice evening of Fassbinder films! I am not going to shave, I am going to sleep late and see a movie or two tomorrow! …and play with the puppy! Fun!
I also need to updat my movie blog! By the way, have you checked out my view of all of Barbra’s movies???? It is there!
Post II — B’Way Musical CD’s & A Really Pretty Book!
Well, it is about an hour later and I have moved from the original cast recording of A CHORUS LINE to the original B’Way cast of HAIR. I guess I am just in a showtune state of mind. I think I need to get a recording of SHOWBOAT. If anyone knows the best production on CD, please let me know. I think there are several versions out there.
Oh! And, I got a book for Karl. It is really a very nice book filled with great photos. It carries both significant historical and erotic content. I still do not understand how such pictures were ever taken? At any rate, I would recommend this book to both my female straight friends and my gay pals. Lovely pix and a very nice coffee table book!
Also, please support Rob! His second book is available and I am sure it is going to be a great read! We must support our gay writers — particularly when they are good!!! Check out more info at Rob’s blog!
No doubt we are living in scary times, but then again — haven’t we always since as far back as I can remember. Anyway, check out Tony’s
recent sermon delivered at a conference — and just check out his blog. He offers some very insightful ideas. Even if you should not agree, it is always cool to look at all perspectives. I happen to agree with everything he has written.
Also of importance, my good pal, Jen, is having trouble finding her favorite soap! Please take a look and let her know if you have any ideas about where she might be able to find it!
OK — Plimpton is singing “Frank Mills” and I feel this is my cue to head to bed! Goodnight!
My Boyfriend is in Love with Kenny Chesney
And, frankly, I am just a little bit embarrassed. I mean, he is a 4 foot tall country singer. Granted, he does have a killer body — but I do not think much of that mug of his. Of course, shorter guys tend to be blessed in other ways.
Well, we saw OKLAHOMA last night. Didn’t enjoy the play, but we had a blast. It was fun seeing Karl climb into my boss’ little sports car. He had to sit on my lap as it is just a two seater. It is an unusual and expensive little car so we were getting looks for both the coolness of her car and the fact that Karl was on my lap and we were all laughing like fools!
Tomorrow is actually Friday for me as my office is closed on Friday and Monday for Memorial Day! Yay! 4 Day weekend! I am ready for it.
I was emailing with my new pal in Atlanta, Kevin, this morning and he mentioned the musical A CHORUS LINE — and I had to come home and listen to the CD this evening. You know, it is interesting to note how Broadway vocals change. Last night, the singers performed in that smooth belting kind of way and back in the 70’s people just sang. No inflections —- they just sang. I think I prefer the 70’s approach. Why must everyone sound like Josh Grobhan in a Sondheim musical? And, then in the 50’s it seems like B’Way singers sounded like fake opera singers. Does any of this make sense? I am finding it hard to put into words. Probably because we did not get to bed til 1am this morning. …and were up at 6am. ugh. So, it is off to bed for me!
Took Karl to a nice dinner and gave him his own little gold cake with Henry Potter on top. I took his picture, but I am not sure if he plans on posting. He wasn’t happy with the way he looked, but I think he looks mighty fine! And, at 33, he is still a baby!
Oh, you must visit Under_Ling’s Lair and check out his May 24th post about an incident in New Mexico. If it does not make your blood boil, I am concerned. We are in scary times to say the very least. Anyway, Ian has posted something which should concern all of us — liberal or conservative these things should not be happening!
In addition, a hate-filled self-proclaimed teenage Republican posted a comment to Under_ling’s blog. To make matters even worth this kid likes Metallica. …like, a lot! Corporate faux rockers.
Oh! And Rob’s new novel, TRUST FUND BOYS, is out! My copy came in today! So get thee to a local gay bookstore or order from Amazon.com! I am quite confident it is going to be a most enjoyable read. I hated having his last novel, THE NIGHT WE MET, end. Exceptional writer!
What’s Wrong with Gay People?
Perhaps I am alone in my thinking on this topic, but I doubt it. I do occasionally see letters to the editor of magazines like The Advocate or Out, both of which are now owned by the same publishing company and both of which seem to be losing their political edge at a rabid rate, stating annoyance at constantly seeing straight celebrities on the cover of these gay/lesbian magazines. Stepping back from and actually thinking about it, The Advocate pulled away from being a more politically slanted magazine back in the very early 90’s. And then came Out which started off on more of a political bent, then decided it wanted to be more of a fun gay magazine devoted to gay life and fashion.
I am not saying that neither publication fails to represent segments of gay/lesbian population and our political concerns — but one has to admit — the focus is secondary to giving a 4 page spread to a celebrity who is playing gay or lesbian. The new issue of The Advocate features the straight actor who plays a gay character on HBO’s Six Feet Under. It is nice interview, but really fluff. The actor is good-looking. However there are some much better articles in the zine such as a story on Tammy Bladwin who is doing some very important work. And, if they must have celebrities on the cover, why did they devote a 2 inch square picture of George Michael who has released an awesome CD that addressed more than a few issues facing gays and lesbians? Why not have George on the cover and this straight actor, Michael Hall, in the 2 inch square? For that matter why don’t they just put Tammy on the cover? I am sure that some celebrity would have been willing to pose with her. There is no shortage of fame whores!
The historic ruling right here in my state regarding gay marriage never even received the full cover. These magazines were more concerned with another celebrity. They did report on the historic ruling, but The Advocate I started reading in 1983 when I was 16 would have had that ruling story on the cover. I don’t know,just felt like doing a bit of venting.
I didn’t feel so hot this weekend. Think I might be fighting off a cold or stomach bug or something. I did nothing but watch DVD’s. I have much to catch up on for my movie blog! Karl turns 33 tomorrow! I have to pick up his cake and get it home without any mishaps on public transit!
Oh, and tonight we find out what the big surprise plot twist on Queer As Folk is going to be! My new pal, Kevin, in Atlanta — a very hot guy by the way — has told me that this plot twist will revolve around Brian. Hmmmmm…. We shall see!
Oh yeah, and while watching a Fassbinder film yesterday I learned that “fart” in German translates to mean “journey” and while watching an Ingmar Bergman flick today I learned that “slut” in Sweedish translates to “fin” or “the end”. So, I shall begin my evening fart until it comes to a slut and I go to bed!
Lazy Day with Nomiya Maki
I had a rough work week so I decided that I was just going to laze about this weekend. I find it rather interesting that Friday ended with my credit card being lost/stolen. Anyway, I am listening to 2 CD’s by the incredible Miss Nomiya Maki — formerly of the fabulous Pizzicato Five. Anyway, I finally found her two solo recordings. If one is interested both are fantastic, but my personal favorite is “Miss Maki Nomiya Sings!” the newer CD release is more focused on straight-ahead rock. The version I secured is entitled “Lady Miss Warp” — it is quite good, but the other is more fun! Plus the packaging for “Miss Maki Nomiya Sings!” is way-cool!
After a bit of blogging I plan to immerse myself in some Fassbinder German film viewing thanks to the wondrous technology of DVD! I am kind of toying with the idea of writing about Fassbinder — not on blog,but more of, I guess, a thesis of sorts — just to see where it might lead me. I don’t know. The books I have read thus far do not capture all of what I see and feel in his work. Rainer Werner Fassbinder — A New Perspective from an Office Manager in Boston. …It could happen. No one will read it, but I could still write it. lol!
I was up far too late last night writing my biggest blog entry ever on the films of Goddess Barbra. I am afraid to even look at it as I wasn’t finished until after 2:00 AM. Sad, actually. I wonder if anyone will read it? And I wonder if one of the readers might be a part of the Streisand On-Line Forum to which I subscribe? They tend to get a little defensive when it comes to Babs. I mean, I have loved her work since I was 4 — but I am rather realistic about things.
Oh, by the way — Monday is Karl’s33rd birthday! So stop by and wish him a happy one! I gave him a puppy named Dusty and a new book all about (gasp) Leather. It is filled with sexy photos for my baby! He may not be willing to marry me and loves to look at pix of men in leather, but I still love him. And, certainly, a hot man in leather is not bad to look at!
Oh! Look at this! I find some of it quite sexy and revolting all at the same time. I wonder if I am developing a fetish for tats and piercings? Hmmmmm… I once went out, well “did” a guy with a Prince Albert. It was odd. He had to sit to pee or he made a big mess.