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January 22, 2010
Mr. Quentin Crisp and Mr. John Hurt.
Mark Simpson conducts a kind of comparative iconography of John Hurt as Quentin Crisp in the intertitle
-replete Naked Civil Servant
and, 33 years later, as Crisp again in An Englishman in New York
. “[A]s an effeminate homosexual, he was imprisoned inside an exquisite paradox, like some kind of ancient insect trapped in amber: Attracted to masculine males – the famous Great Dark Man – he cannot himself be attracted to a man who finds him, another male, attractive because then they cannot be the Great Dark Man any more.”
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Frank Serpico testified before the Knapp Commission in October 1971, becoming the first police officer in the United States to voluntarily give evidence against a fellow policeman. You probably have seen the movie
. Frank Serpico returns
. “I still have nightmares,” he said. “I open a door a little bit and it just explodes in my face. Or I’m in a jam and I call the police, and guess who shows up? My old cop buddies who hated me.”
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"In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong.
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"I guess it's the stereotype of playing it - [the players] are usually fat, sweaty, hairy dorky men who are socially inept who happen to live in their mom's basement."
Dungeons & Dragons
, the 1974 published fantasy role-playing game that once delivered
to Satan, is still associated with self
, played in secret
(along with embarrassed "comings out"
) and scorned
by jocks/Salon writers and their cheerleader girlfriends everywhere.
But what better way to break, or affirm, the stereotypes, than by listening to a 4th Edition D&D game being played
, featuring not just by some scrubs off the street, oh no, but the creators of Penny Arcade
, Tycho and Gabe? Still not tempted? How about if we throw loved/hated Star Trek actor, prodigious blogger
and all round nice guy Wil Wheaton
into the mix?
All files available as Podcasts and/or embedded in page.
Warning: audio links feature some strong language. [more inside]
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] is, at the time of writing, under acute psychiatric care in a Belfast hospital, after a BBC Northern Ireland documentary revealed that she had, at the age of 59, solicited £50,000 from two property developers to help fund a business run by her 19-year-old lover, Kirk McCambley.
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