Saturday, March 24, 2007

Next to last post

Hi, I'll be closing this blog down soon, and posting somewhere else, probably by next week.

I have been posting anonymously here for a variety of good reasons. Of late, I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with Google's insistence that I link together all aspects of my online existence. Now, blogger has made some recent, mandatory changes that I'm not so crazy about. It's possible that I am misunderstanding these changes, but honestly, it's not worth the risk to me. They're creeping me out.

I won't post a link to the new blog, nor will my new blog link back here. I'll probably leave this site undeleted, but I don't actually care what happens to it.

How to be a fabulous fag hag

Here's a funny cartoon on "How to be a fabulous fag hag" by Ellen Forney, who has a long series of excellent cartoons based on real incidents and interviews. Here, she interviewed Margaret Cho (check out her blog, too -- lots of good music).

One of my first girlfriends, Barbara, was a fag hag, with two super-close gay friends. They were quite protective of her, wanting to know exactly "what were my intentions?!" My intentions were lots of hot sex, basically, and I did get what I was there for. Ultimately, though, she also turned me on to some excellent literature before we parted ways, and those authors still work for me. My advice is always to sleep with grad students. At least, that advice has always worked for me.

Although my relationship with Barbara was brief, it was lovely to see their emotional closeness and comfort with each other while we were together.

Margaret Cho speaks the truth:
Don't be afraid to fall in love without expectations, gender, sexuality, precedence, etc. For fag hags and fags, love is love, and that's the best part of it.

Courage of the Jester

Why is it that comedians have been so right, so cuttingly correct on the issues?

Why hasn't any political commentary in the last dozen or so years had the depth of Bill Maher's open contempt for the Bush/Cheney regime, the casual concern for Tony Snow's soul from Jon Stewart, or the mind-bending performance of Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, who called out the George W. Bush and a complacent press corps to their face, plunging through his routine relentlessly in the face of a hostile audience, knowing that it would be hysterically funny to others. It's 24 minutes long, and one of the bravest bits of comedy I think I have ever seen. As Jon Stewart said later, "We've never been prouder of him, but holy shit!"

I have no good explanation for the lack of courage of others, but do check out these clips if you haven't seen them.

Life in the slammer

Well, about twenty days in jail. "George" describes his experiences as a gaijin trapped in a Japanese prison on Stippy, an interesting web site devoted to describing Japan by and for other gaijin who live there. It's a five-part series, which is unfortunately incomplete.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Out again

Hi, I've been working 80-hour weeks and there are a variety of burning issues on the domestic front, so... I'm not posting.

Someday soon. If you want to help me out, get me a new job. I'd take one bagging groceries at the moment.

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