50 amazing faces: when legends collide / 50 famous fags: montgomery clift
August 28, 2010, 10:38 am
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montgomery clift, born: omaha, nebraska (1922-1966), elizabeth taylor, born: london, england (1932)

there is something to be said for the old hollywood star system. it is rare to find two finer specimens of the human race, despite both of their idiosyncratic foibles. taylor’s respect and love for the troubled clift are the stuff legends are made of. he did relatively young, ravaged by poor self esteem, the bottle, and a little problem hollywood had about him: his homosexuality. she is still alive, much longer than we ever expected a woman with as many lives as her to live. watch them in “a place in the sun” from which this studio shot comes. listen to the clash sing their homage to him on the album london calling, titled “the right profile”.


50 notes for 2010: cadmus, beefcake & joyce, 50 famous fags
August 5, 2010, 9:45 am
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“unknown title / (“reading joyce?”) by paul cadmus, artist. born: new york city (1904 – 1999)

cadmus created a stir in 1934 when his work, a w.p.a. painting (that is public money, remember) titled “the fleet’s in!”, a mural with characters of various controversial bents was removed from the corcoran museum in washington d.c. he later said, “as an unknown artist at the time,  i benefited from the censorship controversy – and I am eternally grateful to that offended admiral.”

if this paul cadmus’s model could only keep his eyes on joyce and not at us, he might be more help to pictomat. pictomat is trying to find encouraging ways to get back on track with a summer project, reading “ulysses”.

other photos or whatever of people reading “ulysses”? you? send ’em to pictomat.

50 amazing faces, 50 best voices, 50 reasons to adore the smiths, 50 famous fags

morrissey (steven patrick morrissey), musician. born: manchester, england (1959)

50 forgotten songs, 50 best voices, 50 reasons to adore the smiths, 50 famous fags

morrissey (steven patrick morrissey), musician. born: manchester, england (1959)

lead singer of the only band in the world to have a perfect record of perfect records. morrissey split with writing partner johnny marr and his fellow smiths and within a mere six months released his first solo album. his solo career has outlasted the short four years with the fabled foursome, and is currently going on year 22. however, that career has been tenuous at best. the early solo years (1988 – 1991) provided some of the same satisfaction for his old fans, but the exquisite carefulness of each smith release was always a problem for morrissey to achieve without the superb marr writing the melodies. it is unfortunate that the last of his truly great songs barely made the charts.

“my love life” by morrissey with “additional harmonies by chrissie hynde” (1991, written by morrissey & mark nevin, and produced by clive langer & alan winstanley. released as a stand alone single in september. released on the compilation album “the world of morrissey” in 1995 on his master voice / hmv records).

morrissey’s wistful “my love life” came at the end of a spotty collection of singles and albums that could at times compete with the high mark the smiths had left behind. the wrangley rickenbacher guitar harkened back to marr’s trademark sound, the mournful lyrics were much sparser than the dense wordplay of lyrics morrissey dished out so easily for the smiths, but even the simple repeated lines echoed the best of his first and only band.

“come on to my house, come on and do something new, i know you love one person so, why can’t you love two?”

that is about it for the lyrics. morrissey left behind, begging and wondering ambiguously if the person of his current infatuation can love more than himself (or perhaps have two boyfriends?). the melody is repetitious too, and who knows what the song would sound like without the “additional harmonies” (as morrissey credits miss hynde) as hynde’s voice vibrates wordlessly on each chorus on a song that sounds like a mixture of the best of the smiths’ and the pretenders’ mashed together. but a hit? it wasn’t. it never charted in the u.s. and barely in the u.k. it did, however, make it to number 6 in ireland. give the enchantingly sad song a view on youTube.

50 amazing faces, 50 famous fags
August 3, 2010, 2:23 pm
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rudolf nureyev, dancer, born: irkutsk, ussr  (1938 – 1993)

50 damned good writers, 50 reasons to revere patti smith, 50 famous fags

arthur rimbaud, writer, born charlesville, france (1854 – 1891)

rimbaud  was 17 when he bedded france’s most famous poet paul verlaine, 19 when he wrote his most famous poem “une saison en enfer / a season in hell”. he continued to share his bed, absynthe, and hashish with the married m. verlaine until verlaine shot rimbaud in amsterdam. that singular act put a damper on their relationship. the poem and bullet made rimbaud the enfant terrible of france. he was so revered by patti smith (born chicago, illinois (1946)), she saluted rimbaud by screaming out “go johnny go, go rimbaud” in “land: horses, land of a thousand dances, la mer” from her seminal album “horses”.

extract from “a season in hell”

once, if my memory serves me well, my life was a banquet where every heart revealed itself, where every wine flowed.one evening

i took beauty in my arms – and i thought her bitter – and i insulted her.

i steeled myself against justice.

i fled. o witches, o misery, o hate, my treasure was left in your care!

i have withered within me all human hope. with the silent leap of a sullen beast, i have downed and strangled every joy …

… ah! i’ve taken too much of that: – still, dear satan, don’t look so annoyed, i beg you! and while waiting for a few belated cowardices, since you value in a writer all lack of descriptive or didactic flair, i pass you these few foul pages from the diary of a damned soul.

[ah, to only be able to read it its native tongue!]

50 best voices, 50 famous fags
July 7, 2010, 4:30 am
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dusty springfield, born london, england (1939 – 1999)

britain’s greatest blue-eyed soul singer shouldn’t have to even be mentioned. however, mary isabel catherine bernadette o’brian is her real name, and she was lying when she told you she the loved the son of  a preacher man, too. perhaps, his daughter? she brought all of motown’s stars to england for her “ready, steady, go” special t.v. show, and then came across the pond to record what is considered to be one of the greatest all time pop albums, “dusty in memphis”.

… and who do you think chrissie hynde got her cat eyes from?