Well, it has been quite a while since I posted anything. Sorry for the absence. I hope this posting is not too flat and dull! A lot has been going on. Some of the things happening have been quite good — other things have been quite difficult and challenging. However, I force my way forward with a smile! I like change and challenges — so I am up for it!

I’ve posted a new online photo album! If interested, just scroll down and look for the link on the far left of this page. Go to Matt’s OnLine Photos and go to the Album called “Matt’s March 2005 Photo Album” —- and take a look/see.

What you will see:

Me and my mom. She just left this morning to return to Texas. We had a nice visit. It had been so long since I had seen her! I didn’t know she had dyed her hair blonde! We did not make it to Roy’s gallery showing. However, I am eagerly awaiting an update from Roy — and I hope to be able to link to some pix from it!

I’ve aquired some interesting new LP Cover Art! Cheap and I had no choice — they simply demanded to be bought and framed! You will note LP Art from Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull (still trying the sexy/innocent thing with little succcess, but a great picture all the same!), Joni Mitchell’s elegant drawing of herself with a dash of suburban nature and that beautifully tragic LP by Billie Holiday — Lady in Satin. OH! And, I believe I posted about my recent discovery of a new chanteuse, Ms. Marlena Shaw. At least I think I wrote something about her. Remember, the performer who was big in Japan?!??!

Anyway, Marlena isn’t all that new — just new to me. How to explain Marlena? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?!?!? Yes, just like that nun of yore, one just can’t pin Marlena Shaw down! She started singing in the early 60’s, but with limited success — In fact, Marlena never quite made the Big Room. Anyway, she has made some kick ass recordings — one of which was released in 1975 on the Blue Note record label entitiled “Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?” with a gorgeous and defiant photo of Ms. Shaw on the cover. It is, in my opinion, one of the most effective LP covers I’ve ever seen. Anyway, it is not framed and hanging proudly on my wall! You can see it in my online photo album!

Oh, and I am in process of cleaning things out! Starting fresh! So, I am about to do something I never thought I would do — I am going to try and sell some stuff on Ebay. Let’s hope it is not too much of a pain. I think the two most valuable items I am selling are a hardcover 2nd edition print of Joan “Mommie Dearest” Crawford’s book of glamour thoughts, “My Way of Life!” — Now, this was a camp classic when it first hit the book stands. The fact that it is the second edition/printing is not that tragic in terms of value as the book in any form is impossible to find and will be adored by any camp fan! Filled with loving photos of Joan sewing, cleaning her floors, modeling her clothes, lecturing her maid, posing with pigs as the ambassador of Pepsi and making VERY little mention of that damn pain in the ass, Christina! LOL! I think that there will be a buyer for this classic volume out there somewhere! I am going to start the bidding process at $80.00 plus $5.00 shipping/handling.

The other book of value is the limited 1997 Hong Kong reprint of Candy Darling’s journal thoughts/ramblings. The coolest thing about this rare book is that it was published to look like a teen girl’s pink vinyl journal complete with locking mechanism and a pair of keys!!!! I’ve no idea as to how much to ask for this one. I guess I will start bidding at $75.00 and see what happens. Like Joan’s 1960’s publication wonder, this one is also impossible to find anymore.

And, then there is a great deal of misc. art and art books!

If anyone is reading my posting and takes an interest in one of these items I am selling and would be interested in buying — just let me know. Make an offer!

OH! And, most important of all the pix posted to my online album! Mr. Homoesque, Thomas, himself presented me with a gift that I will always treasure. Not just because it is a fantastic watercolor — but because he gave it to me. Made me feel special and I was touched. We all knew Mr. H. could write a lively prose — but who knew he was a kick-ass artist as well?!?!?
And, no — don’t even bother! This work of art will stay with me for all time! It will never be for sale!

OK — that is all for now, kids! Hope everyone is doing well! Hope to catch up on my fave blogs soon!

kisses and love,

March 23, 2005. Uncategorized.

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