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Heh. [09 Oct 2009|08:44am]

I found it dimly amusing that in reading Hilton Als' article about Othello and describing how some people take offense to racial epithets and stereotypically negative depictions, I was "put off" by the phrase "reader of color".  I don't take offense to the term really.  It's more like kitten claws scraping a blackboard: slightly annoying, but contextually tolerable.
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Super Sexy Gayety Queer Comedy Cabaret this Saturday [26 May 2009|06:18pm]


Still only seven bucks cover!

With special guests

-Rachel Kramer Bussel --Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, and a Contributing Editor to Penthouse. Rachel has edited or co-edited 20 anthologies and has written about sex for the Village Voice, Curve, On Our Backs and come to think about it, just about everywhere.
-Joel Derfner, the adorable author of the award winning Gay Haiku and Swish: My Quest to Become the Queerest Person Ever. The last time Joel and Kelli Dunham performed at the same show, they both ended up naked. No promises, but we're just saying.

With Gayety regulars...
-Kelli Dunham, everyone's favorite ex nun genderqueer koala bear comic. You've seen her on Showtime and the Discovery Channel and  possibly in sober threeways after just about small town pride. 
-Bevin Branlandingham, producer of Femme-Cast and Former Titleholder, Queen of Drunken Texting will be femceeing.

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Heh heh... [22 Apr 2009|02:40pm]

Seymour Hersh Uncovers New Thing Too Sad To Think About
April 22, 2009 | Issue 45•17

NEW YORK — Sources at The New Yorker said a new article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh "blows the lid completely off" a subject matter far too soul-crushing for the human brain to process. Hersh, renowned for breaking stories on events such as the My Lai Massacre and Abu Ghraib, is said to have plumbed every last, depressing detail of the newly uncovered topic, which likely involves an inconceivable combination of violence, drunken abuses of power, wanton disregard for the sanctity of human life, and a chain of deceit and corruption leading all the way to the top. According to a recent poll, none of The New Yorker's nearly 1 million subscribers had summoned the strength to crack the story's first paragraph, instead turning to the new Roz Chast cartoon on the next page.
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Gayety Now With 30 Percent More Cross Dressing! [22 Apr 2009|01:46pm]

Just when you thought it was safe to put away your tux! It's formal GAYETY! This Saturday, April 25 at 9.30 PM

Comedy Just Like Your Mom Made, If Your Mom Was Really Really Gay...

With special guests:

Glenn Marla, the fiercest downtown performance artist ever to don tights and multiple foundation garments as well as New York City's hottest fat go-go boy and a beauty pageant queen (Miss L.E.S. 2006).

Kick ass spoken word artist Cheryl B: "her prose/free verse poetry is often so explicit and frank that they prompt a belly-laugh one moment, a wounded gasp the next." -- The Wolf

As always:
Kelli Dunham, everyone's favorite ex-nun dorky comic. In keeping with the theme Kelli will be wearing her best party dress and sharing the curtsy technique she learned at White Gloves and Party Manners classes in the beet/beef land of her Wisconsin boihood.

Bevin Brandlandingham, glitterqueen fabulous femcee (even when injured) and producer, Femmecast.


FREE BROWNIES! Kelli will be workshopping her Big Bad Butch Brownie flavors (five so far, including bacon) in preparation for their debut at the Celebration of Butch Voices so come prepared to laugh and eat chocolate. Life just doesn't get any better than that, dude.

Still only seven bucks. Gayety happens at the sensation that is Re/Dress 109 Boreum Place, Bergen Street stop on the F/G train. Background info (although not information about the latest show) about Gayety is available here.
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Gayety: Comedy Like Your Mom Made: If Your Mom Was Really Really Gay [23 Mar 2009|04:41pm]

This Saturday, March 28 @ 9.30 PM, Gayety is back, now even better than ever, with a brand new venue and special guests. 

This month's theme is Sailor Gayety! Which might mean sailor themed comedy but will more likely mean sailor themed outfits. 

With the Gayety Players: 
Kelli Dunham (Penn and Teller's Bullshit, the Discovery Network) with her all new "library boi" set. 
Femcee Bevin Brandlandingham (creator, Femmecast) 

Marvelous special guests 
Dan Fishback "...a funny, bouncy pop upstart" Time Out New York (http://www.danfishback.com
Loren Krywanczyk, queer activist, writer, socialite, and savant 

Still only seven bucks! 

Re/dress New York's only vintage store for sizes 14 +http://www.redressnyc.com/ 
109 Boreum Place Brooklyn 
Take the F/G to Bergen Street stop 
Come early if you want to shop; Re/dress closes its cash registers at 9 PM 

As always, you can see pics from last month's Gayety and read more about this comfy, funny event at http://gayety.wordpress.com
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Thou Shalt Not Make unto Thee Any Graven Image [15 Jul 2008|09:36am]

I find it interesting that this community is silent on the cover this week. I'd be curious to see what the opinion of this group's members may be on the controversy. David Remnick has called it "Colbert in print;" is that how subscribers interpreted it? Is political satire such as this acceptable in our current climate? How does The New Yorker's reputation of carrying satirical covers affect this particular cover? Does the reaction of the public to this image have any similarity to the, Muslim and non-Muslim, reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten?

I think that, as a vehicle for satirical cartoons (think back to the "View of the World from 9th Avenue"), The New Yorker was perfectly within rights to print the cover. Regardless of whether the satirical attitude comes across to everyone who views the image, we cannot confine ourselves to those ideas only that will play in Peoria. I think, too, that there are similarities between the reaction to this image and to those twelve cartoons published in Jyllands-Posten. Granted, in that controversy the dialogue was never exactly on the same footing; free speech coming up against the religious ban on depicting the prophet in any image. However, I think there is a parallel in our negative reaction to any image or representation of Obama that is not, for lack of a better word, reverent. I am a proud Obama supporter, but I do not think we can elevate him to the status of a demigod. As Jon Stewart said, we need to be able to laugh at him or, in this case, ridiculous portrayals of him.

These are honest questions, and I am really just curious as to your opinions and reactions. I think the role of satire in society is an important question to consider; and, though we may not come to a definitive answer, we can consider it as rational human beings.
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[24] Art icons (New Yorker Covers) [01 May 2008|10:46am]

15 19 23

more here @ hobbitholes
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[25] Art icons (New Yorker covers) [07 Apr 2008|09:56pm]

[09] Books/reading
[03] Art
[03] Environment
[04] Rain
[06] Misc

10 13 25

more here @ hobbitholes
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Is it just me? [07 Jan 2007|05:11pm]

Is Glen LeLievre's contribution (specifically the questionnaire) to The Rejection Collection almost a bit too clever for its own good, but madcap and zany enough that it works?  I don't think I laughed harder at any other bit in there, especially "RUN!  GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!  THE HUMANITY!  THE HUMANITY!"
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Sometimes life seems too coincidental... [07 Dec 2006|02:15pm]

[ mood | amused ]

That is our esteemed periodical featuring caption contest on the left, and a Newsweek (Dec. 11, 2006 issue, p. 16) article about said caption contest nestled snugly next door.
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It's only right to respond to the New Yorker article about YouTube with a video on YouTube [20 Oct 2006|10:22pm]

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Hey, Where's Franzen? [09 Sep 2006|06:40pm]

He's got a new book of collected essays out and he's not making an appearance at The New Yorker Festival. Although, I've read most of the essays when they originally appeared, those magazines have long since gone to the recycling bin and I will undoubtedly by the book.
But I wish he'd show up at the festival because otherwise I feel driven to do something drastic like search out the writings of Kathryn Chetkovich and Valerie Cornell and anyone else some fellow Franzen fan can direct me to.
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Send in questions to the New Yorker librarians! [06 Sep 2006|09:43pm]

So the NYer's super-smart and nice senior librarians, Jon Michaud and Erin Overbey, are answering readers' questions on my blog, Emdashes.com. Here's their latest column, posted last week: http://emdashes.blogspot.com/2006/08/ask-librarians-ii.html. It's a good one; I think they had a lot of fun researching it. Erin writes about now-former New Yorker departments like "When New York Was Really Wicked," and "A Reporter in Bed" and the former rowing and speakeasy columns, plus the evolution of the elusive table of contents. Jon covers, among other things, the countries around the world with only one subscriber to the magazine. I hope you like it! I'd love to see your questions about the magazine past, present, and future...anything goes! If you want me to forward along your question, just email me at askthelibrarians@gmail.com. Thanks a lot!
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tad friend in details magazine? [05 Sep 2006|12:02pm]
Does anyone know if current New Yorker writer Tad Friend published an article in Details Magazine, maybe in the early nineties, about growing up in Torrance? Or if you know who wrote that essay? I've been wrestling with Lexis-Nexis but can't find the answer . . .
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Well now I'm sold [09 Aug 2006|11:42pm]

If ever any offer said, "Take me like a $2.00 trollop" this is it!  I love how they just made any other offering from every other retailer obsolete.
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Another cool sentence [18 Jun 2006|08:11pm]

[ mood | impressed ]

Sometimes the most beautiful prose pops up in the most unexpected places. This is the last sentence of John Lahr's review of the current Brodway comedy, Some Girls</> . . .

"He is forever in the chilling hell of the future tense."

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DC/VA/MD New Yorker Readers Discussion Group [12 Jun 2006|12:49pm]
Like a book club, but for the New Yorker magazine, in the Washington, DC metro area.

We have a couple of openings in our New Yorker magazine reading group. We get together at a cafe or coffee shop to talk about recent articles and cartoons in the magazine. We usually have two long and two short articles chosen to be read in advance, along with questions to stimulate discussion. That's easier than reading The Da Vinci Code, isn't it?

The next meeting is coming up soon, so if you live in the DC area and want to talk about the magazine in person, contact me for the details.
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From the May 22 Issue: Anthony Lane's "Englishman Abroad": A Profile of Leigh Fermor [05 Jun 2006|11:02pm]

I just really thought this was a gem of a sentence and have been meaning to post it here since I read it:

"For Leigh Fermor, literature is not something simply to conjure with, still less something to theorize about; it is both incantatory music and a body of accumulated wisdom, and one can live by its ordinances, or on its wealth of suggestion, much as a minister lives by the Scriptures."
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Alice [27 Mar 2006|05:59pm]

Just a note, if you haven't gotten to yet, the article about Alice, Calvin Trillin's wife, in this week's issue, is devastating . a must read, but be ready...
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Tree-climbing [07 Mar 2006|02:34pm]

Can anyone recall the issue that held an article about tree-climbing? In specific, it was climbing 300 foot tall redwoods with an elaborately contrived harness mechanism to avoid doing damage to the tree. I believe it came out a year or two ago.
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