From Page Six:

JOHN Waters was hopeful when we told him that George and Laura Bush were slated to catch a performance of “Hairspray,” the Broadway hit based on Waters’ campy film classic. “Maybe he’ll change his mind about gay marriage,” Waters mused. “He’s certainly not going to leave feeling more right-wing. Making people laugh is the first step to getting them to listen.”

Yeah! Apparently Bush Sr. has already seen it. Squee!


Some of the benefits of working for THE MAN in a nice shiney new office building are the nice bay views, loads of dosh, and not finding the toilet and surrounding tile in the ladies totally covered in pee.
WELL. Someone missed. >.< THIS is also interesting. Finally getting to know what is inside some of our liquor. Vegans beware! Food allergins beware! For years liquor was exempt from content labeling laws due to their powerful liquor lobbies and large tax revenues brought in by booze sales. I don’t mind all this stuff is used, personally red wine gives me a headache, but I sure know some who might.
Um, what else. Oh, going to see “Vanity Fair” tonight. More on that later.
Saw “Hero” last weekend with Morriganlafey. Absolutely stunning and fabulicious. I was floored. Completely. One of the most beautifully filmed pictures I’ve ever seen. Very “sweeping.” And profound.
See my previous long winded post on movie night. And I just ordered “Bright Young Things” from Amazon UK. It’s not playing here yet and I want to hear Stephen Fry’s commentary. Nyah.
Oh, and because every entry needs a picture, here’s a little lovely group shot of the caste of Hammer’s “Vampire Lovers,” the lovely Ingrid Pitt starring:

Movie To Do List

Bright Young Things:
Stephen Fry’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s “Vile Bodies.” Wooo! One splendid book!
Released August 20th (but not in Bay Area yet, grrr)

Hong Kong blockbuster finally makes out of the Miramax gates. Looks lush.
Release August 27th

End of the Century:
Gritty documentary on the Ramones. Another review. The Ramones were my first show. I was 14. I’ve seen them live more than any other band.
Release August 27th

Vanity Fair:
Adaptation by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) of Thackeray’s famous novel without a hero. Also the basis for Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind.” Also, my favorite Victorian novel. Mmmmm. Jonathon Rhys Meyers makes an appearance. It is about time! Yummy.
Release September 1st

The ultimate Bodice Ripper, a bio pic on John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Naughtiest poet to have ever lived and one of my absolute favorite historical characters. He epitomizes the term “rake.” Johnny Depp as Rochester, and Shane McGowan makes an appearance as a “bard.” No official site or information really. I am anxious. Depp site w/ lots o’ pix.
Release October 2004 in the UK

The Corpse Bride:
Tim Burton animation! Voices of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter! Creepy! Can’t wait. “Set in 19th-century European village, Victor (Depp), is lured into the underworld by a mysterious figure (Bonham Carter), while his corporeal wife (Watson) awaits his return.” Also, voices of Richard E. Grant! Joanna Lumley! Christopher Lee! Albert Finney! I die!
Release October 2005

Rumour: Marie Antoinette
Directed by Sophia Coppola. Mmmmm.
Am I missing anything?

Good Lord, I had no idea.

Stephen Fry has adapted & directed Waugh’s “Vile Bodies” for the screen as “Bright Young Things.”
*dashes out and buys theater tickets* Rat bastards! Not currently playing in my area. *grinds teeth* Must dash home and read the original while I’m waiting for the trickle down.
Click below for part of the Salon review:

Continue reading Good Lord, I had no idea.

Bobo, the man of my dreams!

“Children would only get in the way of our eeee-rotic lifestyle.”
Yeah, that’s us alright! Ohmigawd. I forgot how much I love “Polyester.” I even have the original Odorama card from seeing the original screening in the early 80’s. It still smells! Weeee! Movie has me in stitches.

Reading List

Ok, I woke up a couple weeks ago and realized I was absolutely thrilled to be reading again. I can read, I can read!
For reference, my panic attacks have affected my reading habits over the past six months. Yup. Reading would oft times send me into a panic spin. My therapist was impressed by my abilities to read and worry at the same time. I’m a real mulitasker alright.
In any case, the meds are working and I have a renewed enthusiasm for reading. So I, um, have rejuvenated my library a bit.
Current Reading:
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (recommended by Anika)
Piratica by Tanith Lee
In the Queue:
Sex with Kings : 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
By Eleanor Herman
The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy
By Ronald Hutton
The Rise and Fall of Merry England: The Ritual Year 1400-1700
By Ronald Hutton
Masquerade and Civilization: The Carnivalesque in 18Th-Century English Culture
By Terry Castle
A Life of Anne Boleyn: ‘The Most Happy’
By E. W. Ives (re-issue of one of my favorite books w/ new info)
Beatrice’s Spell: The Enduring Legend of Beatrice Cenci
by Belinda Jack
Lord Minimus
by Nick Page (recommended by Anika)
And there’s probably a couple on my nightstand that I don’t remember off hand. I’ll update if my findings are significant.

Paris cousin

We had a family reunion of my father’s kin this weekend. Um, the first I’ve seen of all my Dad & Uncle’s cousins for seventeen years. They all look like grandparents now, when last I saw them they looked like mommy’s & daddy’s. It is weird. Also, all the women look like my grandmother, which makes me wistful and sad.
But I briefly bonded with two of my relatives. Aunt (cousin) Susan collects postcards and she showed me her fantastic collection of local postcards. The gathering was held at her place in the El Cerrito Hills, I’d probably been there as a small child for Christmas. I don’t remember. Her living room was filled with gorgeous artwork which brings me to cousin Richard!
When I was wee my grandmother would receive lots of postcards from Paris from Cousin Richard, and then one day she received the most amazing book, “Les Miroir Des Chats,” an extremely large format book of color photographs and paintings of cats Cousin Richard collaborated on (as photographer) with artist Leonor Fini. Over the years, and another cat book later, I became fascinated with her artwork and style. I’ve only found one print (not a cat) and had it mounted. But she’s referenced in books on women in surrealism and the works of Georges Batailles. Madame Fini passed away last decade and Richard was heir to her estate. He’s also a successful artist in his own right, I clipped a blurb from Vanity Fair last year on a show he was doing in New York and gave it to my uncle.
In any case, Richard was very friendly and generous (and absolutely LOVED the wine I brought. Score!) but he was defacto co-host of the gathering, so no time for chatting aside from an enthusiastic invite to Paris and an exchange of addresses.
Leonor Fini’s Gallery in Paris. More info on Madame Fini, and more. A couple years ago there was zero info on the web about Fini, and now there is tons.

Le Couronnement de la Bienheureuse Féline, 1974

Oh yeah. My sloppy segue. There were four or five original Madame Fini drawings in Aunt Susan’s living room. *swooon!*

In lieu of tarot memes

as penned, cut, pasted, and scripted by le Marquis 2384734 years ago, “Suffering is Hip’s” own Tarot “pick a card”:


Advancement, graduation, “The Next Plateau.” A man climbs the ladders of his chosen path.

Despite the stodgy Perry Ellis-wearin’ humdrum clipart dude in the image, this card is a damn good one to get. It means, mon ami, that you’re goin’ somewhere. That you’re on the up n’ up. Whether that pertains to your career, your love/sex/food life, or your unrequited dreams I leave to you.

The best thing about this card is that it tells you that you can physically map your progress. If you haven’t done so already, it suggests you do so. Where were you a year ago in respect to this climb? Two years ago? And do you think you can guesstimate where you will be next year?

The climb never gets easier, per se, but there is a pattern to it (thus the repeatable, identical plateaux in the image). Diligence and focus are called to your attention here. You will, as always, need them.

I of course cut and pasted the source code and img links to make the code work here. Sorry this isn’t meme-able, but play anyway! Paste the results! Straight text can be fun. Link to the page so we can see the pretty pictures.
Or whatever.


green fairy
The Green Fairy

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I didn’t mean too, honest. Also, wtf does “you are a concentrated quimical in weed.” mean!?!?! Quimical? I know what “quim” means *snicker*.
Also, I brushed by Alan Cumming on the street a couple years ago. I almost ran after him to worship. But I’m too shy.

Friday Night Date

So, we were goin’ to our favorite Indian restaurant Friday on Solano, and had a toss up of the two films playing next door of “King Arthur” & “Shrek 2.” Everything that I’ve read about “King Arthur” so far has not been very good, sounds like it was going to be too much like “Gladiator” (bleh!) and the leather pictish bikini was becoming too much for me to bear. So when we saw Shrek was only 95 minutes we said “yeah!”
Um, I haven’t laughed so hard at a movie in I don’t know how long. That thing is fucking hilarious. Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders & Antonio Banderas as additions to the cast were my favorite.
Also, I have a long standing crush on Fiona. Because, well… she looks just like me. It is nice to see a heroine you can relate to once in awhile, even if she happens to be an ogre. I was so sad that they didn’t make any ogre-Fiona figures for the last movie (only pretty princess ones) so we made a quest to find ogre Fiona’s for me to play with. A “just my size” doll. And, um, as much as I hate Blockbuster, they had an exclusive 8″ Fiona for $8.99. Now, she just needs some clothes (these Barbie ones don’t fit too good, what a familiar situation!!!):


Also, she comes with these big ass granny underpants. So cute!