Mixtapes for Hookers

The Ten Best Movies (Of The Ten I Saw This Year), Part 2


The better half of the ten movies I actually saw in 2012…

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Tuesday News

Hundreds of blonde Latvian women are marching through Riga in order to boost national morale.  No, really.

For the first time, gay activists staged a Pride event in Moscow that was free of police intervention.

The new Kylie Minogue video is a little too silly for my taste — as is the song, although that could always change — but what I really want to see is the outtakes where people fall from the pile and dancers accidentally whack each other in the face.

An Idaho strawberry farmer and father of fifteen has legally changed his name to Pro-Life and now he is running for governor.

Henning Mankell, the Swedish mystery novelist I was told I’d love but who I’ve yet to really get into, isn’t appearing at the Hay literary festival in Wales right now because he’s being detained by Israelis.

One cherry lemonade from Auntie Anne’s has as much sugar as 11 bowls of Cookie Crisp.  Articles about calories and sugar never really mean much to me,  but holy crap, that’s a lot of sugar.

If I had more time I’d write an essay about male and female film critics and their seemingly universal hatred of women over forty having sex drives.  Also their need to constantly refer to the characters in this franchise as gay men.  This is but one of approximately 10,000 such articles written in the past week and a half.

Michelle Tea is fashion blogging?!?!

Finally, nothing has made me happier this week than this story about how Negroni Season is a concept that only a boozehound whore would come up with.

[image: Patti Smith, from Michelle Tea’s essay on Just Kids and Ann DeMeulemeester.]

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things
March 19, 2010, 2:14 pm
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Those that know me at all know that I am passionate about three things:  one is pop music, one is men in leather, and the last one is libraries.  In fact I probably devote at least half my free time to these three things.  And it’s rare that they all come together at once.  And yet!

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There’s A Dark Secret In Songs #9
August 15, 2009, 10:16 am
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9. Kylie Minogue, Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head and New Order, Here To Stay

Originally performed at the 2002 Brit Awards, Kylie’s Can’t Get Blue Monday Outta My Head arrived at the dawn of the mash-up era, a rather tedious time when DJs would lay popular songs on top of one another all willy-nilly to show how clever they were. I wasn’t really into the concept as a whole, and it annoyed the hell out of me when I actually wanted to dance, but it’s hard to argue when a surprisingly revitalized pop diva borrows the classic intro from a group who themselves were surprisingly revitalized that same year.*
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In Other News…

*Gay marriage is now legal in Maine.  Rhode Island’s definitely behind the curve, especially considering the fact that half the state (including the mayor of the capital) is gay.  But, you know, we also have a governor who has anti-abortion rallies inside the State House and a first lady who thinks that Cambodian teenagers are all terrorists.

*Fred Phelps and his hatemobile will be coming to Rhode Island at the end of the month.  Even if you sympathize with all the fag-hating, I think he should be counter-protested for his stance on the country that brought us Ace of Base.

*Speaking of that country, Roxette are getting dressed for success again, re-uniting for the first time since Marie Fredkrickson had some kind of horrible-sounding brain tumor a few years ago.

*The Sam Adams thing still isn’t over.  I am actually considering a lengthy essay on Beau Breedlove, Zac Efron, sexting, and why our society thinks it’s okay to sexualize seventeen-year olds but forbids anyone to go near them until their eighteenth birthday.  But, you know, I never write the lengthy essays I say I’m going to write.

*Solange just gets continually awesomer.

*Oh, and Kylie Minogue is doing six North American dates soon.  Chicago tickets go on sale tomorrow, I’m not sure about New York.