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Tuesday, December 14 2010

Gays and Stages

LGBT characters and themes are more prevalent in theater than in film or TV, unless you're watching Bravo, which is a gay man's paradise, with more bitchy queens than a Miss Continental pageant.


Thursday, December 2 2010

Bullshit Detectors! The Garage Is an Outside Place, and a Place for Outsiders

As the commune was to hippies, so the garage has been to garage bands and to their proto-punk, punk, and post-punk successors: an enclave where marginalized youth can fantasize or realize their visions of independent alternative art and lifestyles.


Monday, November 22 2010

‘Till the Children Come Home

Just as they have done for decades, the aging soldiers of the LGBT community wait with open arms and hearts, ready to cradle and nurse those who are dying a slow death. However, the killer today is not AIDS -- well, not as much as it once was -- but the crushing weight of cruelty.


Sunday, November 21 2010

Breaking Up is Hard to Do…Online

Does changing your relationship status online have to mean digital drama?


Sunday, November 14 2010

Gimme Gimme 99 Cent Only Store

The outer limits of any metroplex, where the cheap stores reside, often bear the best fruits, both in terms of food and music. Real hipsters know this.


Tuesday, November 2 2010

Pulp Non-Fiction: Where Tarantino Meets Aristotle

Truth is as strange as fiction. Compare God in America with Angels in America and you can hardly tell the difference -- which is what Pulp Fiction has been saying all along.


Monday, October 18 2010

Bad Queer! Bad! Bad!

Queer, Isnt It? columnist Michael Abernethy rolls up his sleeves for some serious smackdowns, starting with Perez Hilton, arguably among America's most badly behaved, embarrassing queens.


Wednesday, October 13 2010

Dollar Store Sundries and Sacred Spaces: Mexican-American Graves in a Modern Metropolis

Teeming with fruit, soda cans, ceramic figurines, plastic tassels, stuffed animals, even hanging shirts, the “barrio” section of Hollywood Cemetery abounds with vivid, converging, and often holiday-specific ornamentation.


Wednesday, September 22 2010

Return of the Situational Ethicist!

Glad you asked about the mosque! This is what situational ethics is all about!


Monday, September 20 2010

Twittervention: Intervention for the Seriously Twitter Addicted

Are you Twitter addicted? What looks like love to you might in fact be abusing -- and therefore losing -- your followers.


Monday, September 6 2010

Life in the Age of Authentic Artifice

We're mastering the art of presenting a persona rather than a person -- each becoming a distorted version of ourselves, further and further removed from the real thing.


Sunday, August 22 2010

Chilled to Spill: How The Oil Spill Ruined Chillwave’s Summer Vacation

Empty nostalgia or a realignment of values, chillwave's alchemical waste-sounds may be on the cusp of a deadbeat summer.


Tuesday, July 27 2010

Wales: So “Cool Cymru” Part I

While England was exporting the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Who '60s, Wales offered up Shirley Bassey, Mary Hopkin, and Tom Jones. Things changed, thankfully, and Super Furry Animals became the heart and soul of the Wales “Cool Cymru” movement.


Thursday, July 22 2010

Sarah Palin’s Creative Vocabulization

Armchair pundits lit up the blogosphere when Sarah Palin tweeted a non-word. Don't we have more important things to worry about?


Sunday, July 18 2010

Tammy Faye Never Understood What That Whole Gay Thing Was About

Whatever her motivation, there's no doubt that Tammy Faye liked us. Still, despite all of her proselytizing about the LGBT community, she seemed to have had little effect on the evangelical movement.


Thursday, July 15 2010

It Was Only Yesterday L.A. Went Up in Flames

Langston Hughes’ proverbial California raisin in the sun exploded to a funky beat. I stared blankly past the familiar storefronts, into a world I could barely grasp. How civil a society was it that my daughter was about to join?


Wednesday, June 30 2010

The Seven-Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame LaFarge and Other Crime Classics

Crime Classics, a 1953 CBS ‘true crime’ radio series, seems to be something of a slap in the face to audiences’ sense of identification and notions of self-importance, presenting a vision of a callous and petty world where the individual matters little, and their thoughts and feelings matter less.


Monday, June 14 2010

‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly. And Gay.

Between the parades and parties and protests this month, make time to whip up a batch of Pink Ladies and raise your glasses to the countless unsung LGBT individuals who are blazing…no, flaming a path for us all.


Thursday, June 10 2010

iPhone 4: Wherein Science Fiction Once Again Becomes Sad Fact

Aside from lightsabers, proton packs, warp drive and teleportation, many of my favorite sci-fi gadgets have become a reality. The latest: iPhone 4.


Wednesday, June 9 2010

When Did Quitting Become the New “Staying the Course”?

Simon Cowell, like Sarah Palin, did the honorable thing and quit for the sake of the people. Really?!


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