"Look, goddamn it, I’m homosexual, and most of my friends are Jewish homosexuals, and some of my best friends are black homosexuals, and I am sick and tired of reading and hearing such goddamn demeaning, degrading bullshit about me and my friends." - Merle Miller.
In 1970, two years after Stonewall, Joseph Epstein
wrote a cover story for Harper’s Magazine, Homo/hetero: The struggle for sexual identity
, that came to chilling conclusions: "I would wish homosexuality off the face of this earth." His incendiary language prompted author/journalist/writer Merle Miller to come out of the closet in the New York Times Magazine, with an angry and poignant plea for dignity, understanding and respect: "What It Means to Be a Homosexual." 40 years later, that essay helped inspire the launch of the "It Gets Better" campaign. Via [more inside]
the subtext of the London Skyline through a journey
down the Thames with Caryl Phillips
and an exquisite photographer
Short film by Khalil Joseph
Song by Flying Lotus, Film by Khalil Joseph. Very violent images, but beautiful all at the same time.
Looper, a time travel thriller from Rian Johnson, comes out this Friday.
It is being hailed
as an "uncommonly smart, bravely original blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action." [more inside]
"The first and greatest American Surrealist, Joseph Cornell
is best known for his boxes
. The best of his mysterious assemblages of dime-store tchochkes and paper ephemera in little hand-made cabinets perfectly realize the elusive sublime at the heart of Surrealism, while avoiding the juvenile theatrics of his European colleagues.
However, Cornell was also one of the most original and accomplished filmmakers to emerge from the Surrealist movement, and one of the most peculiar. Just as the ascetic and introverted Cornell himself held Surrealism at arms length, borrowing only those elements that suited his interests and temperament, his films superficially resemble those made by other Surrealists, they are in truth sui generis. Only a handful of his contemporaries understood the genius of films like his Rose Hobart
— an unfortunate situation exacerbated by Cornell's own obstinate resistance to public screenings. No one made films even remotely similar to Cornell's for almost thirty years, and even now the perfect opacity of his montage remains unrivalled." Jack's Dream
:: Cotillion / The Midnight Party
:: By Night with Torch and Spear
:: Centuries of June
This is surely, without question, the best interpretation of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" ever recorded. The best
. Merry Christmas!
Artist Joseph Griffith
, whose work draws from fantasy
, has also turned his attention to one of America's most significant historical moments: "I painted this
for the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown when George Washington and the Continentals traunched the British. The county would not dignify it with a response, however, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate kindly wrote me an e-mail saying they would 'pass it along to the staff'."
is a bizarre, timecubesque linkdump maintained and updated by private investigator
and domain squatter
Joseph Culligan. In addition to sleazy dirt-digging on various celebrities and politicians, Culligan also includes a huge
resource list of links to databases and public-record searches. [more inside]
it was rove
"MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case"
Art In A Box!
: Modern artist Joseph Cornell
made a name for himself by creating minature collaged works
in boxes back in the 1930s when collage was still a relatively new art form. While his works and life story
are often romanticized, the fact remains that he was both incredibly creative and incredibly strange.
Certainly one of American Art's finest. (see old mefi post
of Creole stock and therefore on the lighter end of the black color spectrum, decided on a whim to take a new ethnic DNA test he saw described on a 60 Minutes segment last year, to indulge a casual curiosity about his exact percentage of black blood. The results were staggering.