GSSMs: … as discussed with Jako.
Jako (01:22 PM): got a sec?
george (01:29 PM): I think so.
Jako (01:30 PM): just wondering if you blogged anything about that SF Gate article Ernie and Anil linked
george (01:31 PM): I didn’t. I read it after coming back from Pride. Saw the paper on a BART train, and flipped through it right before napping on the couch.
Jako (01:31 PM): really cool article – was hoping to get your take
george (01:34 PM): Well, GSSMs are what Anil and Peterme had on their minds a couple of years ago.
george (01:34 PM): At least, that’s how Anil explained it to me.
george (01:35 PM): In a way, I felt that straight people appropriating elements and markers of gay culture was sort of bogus.
george (01:35 PM): I mean, support the culture, sure
george (01:35 PM): but it didn’t seem too far removed from white people feeling Tupac Shakur’s pain, as the article mentioned.
george (01:35 PM): Then my wife told me to pull my head out of my ass
Jako (01:36 PM): true, but some straight folks (on both sides of the gender fence) just act GAY as a matter of course…
george (01:36 PM): and said that straight people who fcuk with borders and boundaries and expectations are cool
george (01:37 PM): and I shouldn’t hate on them because it’s not always about stealing someone else’s cool
george (01:37 PM): and since the more confused people are about gender boundaries, the less likely it is that they’ll just come out (ahem) and say stupid stuff and act stupidly.
Jako (01:38 PM): your wife’s got it right
george (01:38 PM): So I asked her when was the last time she had her gaydar checked.
george (01:38 PM): She stuck her tongue out at me.
Jako (01:38 PM): ha!
george (01:38 PM): And we went out to the bookstore, came back home and watched this documentary on FTM trannies on PBS.
James Dean: … still not dead, according to Morrissey.
Swedish meet, ball: … “Indeed two men in the sample we analysed claimed to have 600 and 800 partners and a woman claimed to have more than 100 partners. … We were trying to think of a type of social network where the connections would be clear, like 1 or 0, there or not there. Sexual relationships, except maybe for Bill Clinton, clearly verify this rule, two people either had sex or they didn’t. So the network is well defined.”
On the radar: … Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” (which I spent an hour last night browsing before looking up and noticing 100 or so pages of its 400-plus-page bulk had passed) and this guy Steven Shaviro (pointed out by Adam re: an interview) who’s publishing “Stranded in the Jungle,” a book made up of essays about Samuel Delany’s “Dhalgren” (a nice William-Gibson-foreword-having paperback edition that would’ve bit me Friday evening if it’d been a snake at the Barnes and Noble in Berkeley, Calif., drowsy as I was after a superb dinner at Cafe Tibet), Prince’s “Under the Cherry Moon” (which crossed my mind while I was watching an ethnic/postmodern dance troupe called Freeplay shimmy-shimmy their ya-yas at the Pride celebration’s Asian stage yesterday, when “Kiss” suddenly materialized from speaker stacks, its opening wah-wah Wendy Melvoin guitar lick-cum-Prince exhalation-grunt and electronic snare-drum hit galvanizing the bodies of hundreds of people around me like so many high-school biology-class frog legs), Tricky’s “Pre-Millennium Tension,” Bjork and Chris Cunningham’s “All is Full of Love” video and a meditation on Sammy Davis Jr., to name a few.
You don’t know dick: … Saw this special about FTM transsexuals at 11 p.m. night on KQED-Channel 9, the PBS affiliate that comes in most clearly on our non-cable-fied TV set. Coming in from chilling at the bookstore as we did, we missed the front end of a special about the history of African-American dance that began at 10 p.m., as well as a special about Ruth Ellis, the oldest known “out” African-American lesbian who passed on last year. Fortunately, KQED’s schedule says the Ellis special will re-air this Thursday at 11 p.m.
There goes the ‘hood: … or does it? That’s a link to a Metafilter thread about a Natalie Hopkinson op-ed piece in the Washington Post. Now, I did participate here and there. The only reason I’m bringing it back up is that no one on MeFi will probably read/post the Post’s ombudsman’s take on it all.
Fronting for the enemy: … according to Chris Nutter in the Village Voice.
Tans for the memories: … those booths are not our friends, as feminist media watch reminds us. I’m begging you: Be sure to get your solar rays the right way.
Jennifer, oh Jenny: … “They asked me to do that show … But I didn’t get it. I still don’t get it. With all due respect for the fans, I couldn’t imagine doing it every day. I mean, I think their acting is very good, but I couldn’t do it. To adhere yourself to a part for seven years like that, I would have a nervous breakdown. I’ve never seen the show. But I think Gillian Anderson is amazing, and so beautiful.”
Thinking different. … indeed. Apple helps digitize the Dalai Lama. (As if I needed another reason to like the company …)