Toller Cranston Skates for Mexico: A Fever Dream

One reason I loved the Mountain Goats' new album Beat the Champ so much is that it speaks about a kid projecting his own emotional turmoil onto the storytelling sport of pro wrestling, in a way which deeply resonated with my experience projecting my own emotional turmoil onto the storytelling sport of figure skating. If I made my own sports concept album it would be Toller Cranston Skates for Mexico, and it would be about, mostly, the Lillehammer Olympics, which allowed skaters who had left … [Read more...]

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Book Extras: The “Gay and Catholic” Drinking Game

Because if it weren't for bad taste, I'd have no taste at all.First, preorder my book! Then read it, I guess, if you have to. While you're reading, play along.Rule #1: Drink what I drink. If I had to suffer through Olde English--let alone vodka and chocolate milk--so should you.Rule #2 and ff: Take a shot: every time I emphasize that there are lots of different ways to be gay (/queer <-- see, there it is) and lots of different ways to be Catholic.submission, surrender, ecstasy … [Read more...]

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Transported in Time: Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney

So I'm in Sydney, and it's amazing. Beautiful weather (and what I'm gonna call sublime weather, the day we went out to Botany Bay and watched the swells breaking on the sandstone in front of a stormy sky), lovely people, majestic cockatoos which sound like fishwives, magpies, aggressive little mynahs harassing giant ravens, ibises rooting around everywhere the way we have Canada geese at home, shaggy gum trees, palm trees, hibiscus.And also, there's the Hyde Park Barracks, which was designed … [Read more...]

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From “Children of Light”

"How nice Quaaludes are," she said. "The world is possible with art." … [Read more...]

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Kitchen adventures: A brownie for the Second Demographic Transition

I may not believe in modern love, but I must confess that I've become a convert to the microwavable brownie in a coffee mug, a.k.a. All the Single Brownies. I've tried this ultra-internet recipe several different ways and am still experimenting to figure out what works the very best, so use the following as a template and go in with the assumption that you'll need several rounds of (delicious) experimentation.I made the batter in a separate bowl and then scraped it into the mug. Many recipes … [Read more...]

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“If Only I’d Listened to Virtually Anyone”

...Ouch. Via Ratty. … [Read more...]

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Confirming all my suspicions: Oscar Wilde edition

The less you care about the Crucifixion, the less I will gain from your reading of Wilde's writing. Period, comma. (Provoked by this book, which is his dissertation I think and therefore much is forgivable, but also Camille Paglia.) … [Read more...]

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