The Definition of Disco Funk

France Jolie. 💋

This track is soooo tight it turns me from a 32 to a 28. I lose a quarter pound each time I play it. It was written by Eric Matthew (of Gary’s Gang fame) and Darryl Payne in 1982 and appeared on various dance labels here in the US and in Canada. When the lyric says, “gimme some of that ” I make a very pained expression and usually bust a one-leg-up side-shuffle type of move. Funkeeee!

Now, France Jolie – NOW!

Prelude Records people, the soundtrack to my life. 💋

Judy, What Color Would You Say This Is?

Judy, I have here a picture of the bloomers you wore in “Summer Stock.” For the record, Judy, what color would you say these are?

Thank You Judy. Did you get that fellas? She said it’s beige.

 

Five Fabulous Faces? Make Room For Gwili

We all know this gay manual…Swanson, Garbo, Crawford and Dietrich. Check. But recently I came upon a new not new face. Have you seen Gwili? Gwili Andre, peeps. From Denmark. Didn’t last. Bizaare suicide. But the mug! Larry Carr followers make room for face five and add Gwili Andre to your supplement. Let’s google some Gwili…

It’s Gwili time.

REAL BIG GWILI

Turner had this about her on their site.

Gwili Andre (February 4, 1908 – February 5, 1959) was a Danish actress who had a brief career in Hollywood films. Born Gurli Andresen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andre came to Hollywood in the early 1930s. She appeared in the RKO Studio films, Roar of the Dragon and Secrets of the French Police (both 1932) and began to attract attention for her striking good looks. Her next role in No Other Woman, was not the success the studio expected. Over the next few years she was relegated to supporting roles. Her final role was a minor part in The Falcon’s Brother in 1942. She did not return to the screen, although she spent the rest of her life trying to orchestrate a comeback. As she faced further rejection, she found solace in alcohol. In 1959, on the day after her birthday, she committed suicide in a bizarre fashion. Alone in her apartment in Venice, California, Andre surrounded herself with reams of publicity photographs and press clippings, all of which represented the career she had expected but had not achieved. Setting the paper alight, she allowed herself to be consumed by the fire, sustaining injuries which caused her death. Andre is chiefly recalled as a cautionary example of the indifference of the Hollywood system and the anguish of a person emotionally unable to cope with initial success and promise followed by immediate and irreversible failure.

 

What am I, new here? Who else did I miss?

 

Advice to Young Starlettes and Fresh Meat: Give it your best shot but for God’s sake don’t go out there and do a Gwili, ya hear?

No, not a “wheelie”…a GWILI. I said don’t go out there and pull a “Gwili.”  It’s not worth it. With a pretty face like that you can do infomercials or trade shows til you’re forty.

You’re not listening.

 

No Glamor In Guns

Maybe a good place to start addressing the  problem of handguns in America is to stop glamorizing them. Ya think?… and stop  pointing them at me when I’m on the subway! 


I see something, so I’m saying something. Here’s what I’m saying: Get that fucking gun propaganda out of my face, out of my subway, and out of the minds of Americans!

Who’s designing these tired, trite two-sheets anyway? They are a just a joke at this point. Yeah, Tom Cruise holding a gun on a red background…that’ll really bring ’em in. Idiots. Is it just the result of a phone call from some exec who says, “Gimme one with the gun and one without in case there’s a school nearby?” 

Fucking stupid shitty gun glamorization thats what it is. It’s wrong and it’s harmful. 

And while I have your ear, bring back tap dancing for fuck’s sake! Nobody ever got inspired to go on a killing spree with a tap shoe, did they? 

See there? – you thought I was just another flaky Gay Against Guns. Well, Mr. Wood, Mr. Holly Wood…I AM! 

A Parthenon of Pages

Marta Minujín builds full-scale parthenon replica from 100,000 banned books.

in the german city of kassel, an argentine artist is making a monumental statement about censorship, the banning of books and the persecution of their authors. marta minujín has created a full-scale architectural replica of athens’ magnificent parthenon using 100,000 banned books from all over the world, collected from public donation. in homage to the history of the site, the colossal structure stands on friedrichsplatz — a park where thousands of books were burned during the 1933 ‘aktion wider den undeutschen geist’ (campaign against the un-german spirit). nearly 10 years later, the adjacent fridericianum museum (a library at the time) was heavily damaged during bombing raids, engulfing some 350,000 books in flames. 


the installation intends to make a statement about censorship, particularly the banning of books.

 

minujín’s ‘parthenon of books’ is presented as part of documenta 14 — an art festival and exhibition taking place in kassel, germany, and athens, greece this year. the 10,000 collected texts used to give shape to the installation have been secured in protective wrapping and mounted to a monumental colonnade and open roof structure, mirroring the architecture of the anicent greek temple. in collaboration with students from the university of kassel, a list of more than 70,000 forbidden books was compiled and shared with the public as a call to action for donation, making the audience a part of the artistic experience. minujín contradicts the parthenon’s symbolism of democracy to demonstrate the censorship of writing, opposition of expression, and oppression of cultural knowledge that has existed throughout history.


marta minujín has created a full-scale architectural replica of athens’ parthenon.


the structure is made from 100,000 banned books from all over the world. the colossal structure stands on friedrichsplatz — a park where thousands of books were burned in 1933.

images © roman maerz