Sunday, May 30, 2010

In What Alternate Reality Do Doritos Come In Cans?

What fresh hell is this? Someone must have gone back in time and
screwed something up.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Some Would Say "Irony"

This was maybe the first VHS we rented when we got the machine. From his "Kid" Series (Broken Halo, 200 IQ, From Left Field).

Also? This.

F You, Work!

I'm off. Tacos!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Just Who Are You Going To Call?

Well, this bad thing happened at the NYPL in Greenpernt (phonetic spelling, natch).

But even better, this fun thing happened at the one with the lions out front. Why couldn't this have been when I was stocking up on Murders She Wrote?

Really to me, it looks like the bed bug people are chasing after a Klansman, but I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. Rebecca, I looked for you in the background but you must have been in the rare book archives reading Pearl Bailey.

Monday, May 24, 2010


I always like this blog. Today, more than ever.

"She's disciplined, like all those ballet dames."

- Humphrey Bogart on Audrey Hepburn (1954)

Once More Into The Barb

Yep, Saturday night was another Barb show. This time we got to hang out a bit afterward.

You can go here to see the Times review of the show.

Here she is doing a Dylan song:

She's back in October. I'll be rounding up a posse.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

This Isn't A Kitty Genovese Thing Is It?

My neighbor's umbrella has been outside her door since Tuesday.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Condoms, Balls, & Beer

Duane Reade has it all.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ebony, Ivory, Gold

Well, how could I go wrong with this one?

About a month ago I just started getting New York Magazine. To whomever my mysterious benefactor is, I thank you.

Anyway, this week's issue came and it has Miss Betty White and Mr. Tracy Jordan Morgan on the cover - I mean, two great tastes that go great together.

The fact that there's an article about them? Even better. And best of all? Behind the scenes film of the cover shoot?

Lay me down now Lord, it's a good day.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Bro in the Has-bro Toys

So on Friday night Zach and I stayed in to watch that new G.I. Joe movie. I mean, it was more fun than a poke in the eye, and I'm glad it was free and all, but it didn't do much for me. Zach neither:
I did a search for it on so I could link around to some of the cast members. I guess I confused the search engine by putting the periods in the title or something, because the results were a bit gayer than I had expected:

I mean, just about all of them - from the first to the one about a Rear Admiral (hee hee), they don't disappoint.

But then I tried to find some of the old cartoons on the youtube. Instead of the eps I found these creatively re-recorded PSAs.

I mean, there's this:

And of course, this:

Knowing is half the battle, kids.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cuddle Party!

This was not on the agenda for this weekend, because, you know, Brooklyn.

Also, I was a little afraid it'd end up like this, except for the whole co-ed thing.


Let it be known that this is what I would look like with facial hair.

Don't worry, I won't.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

He Tops Him? "Straight Sets"?

This stuff writes itself.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Live Blogging! Saturday Morning Cartoons

I pity the fool that doesn't watch the Mr. T show with his eggs and

Friday, May 14, 2010

God Bless The NYPL

You hit all my buttons. Weekend!

A Lady, A Dame, and a Sir Go On A Journey

Check out the royalty assembled! The quality of this clip ain't so great, but that's Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John, and Lady GaGa covering Journey. I mean, what else?

Go Rain Forest!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bedtime Is For Friendship!

A Choral Line

So on Saturday night, a fun time was had by all at Paul's Renaissance Choral group's performance.

They play music from the 1500s, so basically you're listening to exactly the music that Jesus heard.

I tried to follow along with the Latin in the program, but sometimes they stretched out the syllables or doubled back and there was no bouncing ball to follow.

Anyway, it sure was fun anyway, and some people who can hear different notes and pitch and stuff got even more out of it than me.

One thing I liked this morning was my visit to their website, and not just because the layout and font made me feel like I was dialing up on the interwebs during the commercials of Mad About You, but also because there are nice pictures of Paul performing.

My favorite part? It might have been their marketing material as they requested donations. Poor, misspent youthing Chelsea Melissa.

But then I remembered this photo and everything else was a blur.

Culture. The End.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Zachs, Monkeys

Zach, monkey.

Zach, monkey.

A Tale Of Two Katies

Kate Bush, "Babooshka" video, 1980.

Kate Hepburn, Christopher Strong, 1932.

(Happy Birthday, Miss Hepburn)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two Steps On The Water

We watched a rather repetitive 90 minute documentary this weekend. This moment here though? This was a moment of pleasure.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hornes of Plenty

She was a good old wagon, Ms. Lena Horne.

It pretty much all started here:

She kept going though, like here:

(a much less scary way to learn the alphabet than with this guy)

Thanks for the memories, ma'am.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I Was Born A Poor Grey Lady

Is it just me or is the NYT getting sassier every day?
Nice to think of you again, Navin.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Three Good Things!


Remember this baby? I honest-to-God was one of those kids who returned my Christmas present of Michael Jackson's Dangerous CD for Nevermind at my local Strawberry's Records & Tapes.

Flash forward nineteen years:


If you want to know where I'll be Saturday night at 11:30pm, it'll be watching Betty White on SNL. Here's her last night, re-challenging Jimmy Fallon in Beer Pong.

Drew Barrymoore's tell-all coloring book hits shelves.

God Bless, America.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

This So Could Have Been Me

I make typos all the time. Yikes.

Today I said "Did I do that correct?" instead of "Did I do that correctly." I was pretty horrified with myself, this makes me feel better.


Department Of The Obvious, Minnelli-Style

"Some have labeled me as a gay icon. Well no shit, Sherlock." —Liza Minnelli

Today's a long day. This was nice.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

You Say Pi-CASS-o, I Say Pi-CAH-sso

Congrats to the anonymous bidder who won "Nude, Green Leaves, And Bust" at auction last night for $106.5 million. This 1932 beaut was last sold in the early 50s, for just under $20k. If I can get that kind of return on my house in 5, 6 years, I'll be in clover.Speaking of houses, while this painting is sure pretty, it's not my favorite by Pablo. That would be this buddy from the Art Institute of Chicago, which has made its entire collection online and available for viewing, a lovely thing.

This is "Villa in Vallauris," painted in 1951, the year before "Nude, Green Leaves" was sold for $19k.
I'm not sure why I this one so much, but bully for me that I do. I was in Chicago for a book fair maybe ten years ago, and on a free day toured the museum. There's something so calming (despite the cubism) of this house.

It's what I picture my second home in the Hudson Valley looking like, and it's the reason I keep socking money into that HSBC "High Interest" earning account, with its 0.75% annual rate. Every day I get a little closer chums, then you're all invited for cocktails on the lanai.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Farley & Family Trees

Here's something else I learned in Farley Granger's memoir.

In 1959 he was in a Broadway show, The Warm Peninsula, which costarred Larry Hagman, later of course the star of I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas.

Here's a snap of them with some other cast members (the others being Ruth White, Julie Harris, and June Havoc) -
During breaks in rehearsals they would go across the street to see Larry's mom...Mary Martin. She was just about to open a new musical called "Sound of Music."

Really? Major Nelson / J.R. Ewing is the son of Maria von Trapp / Peter Pan? I had no idea.
Here's Mary, in a snap by Carl Van Vechten,

And here's Larry with a little genie in his hand.

Go figure.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Fair Maid Redgrave

Heaven just got another Redgrave.

While I will perhaps always remember her for the made-for-TV remake of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane that she starred in with her sister, I will choose today to honor Lynn's memory with this lovely duet.