Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It's a Dry Hate

It's not the heat, it's the stupidity. #TrumpPhoenix

Meanwhile, a transgender teen says she was attacked by a group of up to 20 people last week at a Phoenix apartment complex where she was at a pool with a friend. The mob called her homophobic slurs before attacking her as she tried to leave, yelling “get it, get it,” later sharing the video to social media. The Phoenix police are investigating the incident as a bias attack. More about the vile attack HERE.

UPDATE: People are saying the attack was carried out in "retaliation" for what this young woman had done to another girl, which was also filmed. Whatever the case may be, I don't think is the best way to address the situation, although what can you expect when the county has been until recently overseen by a sheriff (now a convicted felon) who doesn't believe in following the letter of the law. Read HERE.

Grigor Dimitrov Thinks Feliciano Lopez Is the Fairest of Them All

Watch your back, Judy Murray -- someone's eyeing your dream man. A reporter told Grigor Dimitrov that he is considered the most handsome man in the game -- and wanted to know who he thought was. Here's what he had to say: 

“A lot of people think you’re the most handsome guy on tour, perhaps the most handsome guy to ever play tennis,” the reporter said. “Who do you think is the most handsome guy on tour? If it is you, so be it.” 
Dimitrov was caught slightly off-guard and after attempting to deflect the question, struggled to answer. 
“You’re becoming very handsome with this kind saying to me,” he said with a smile. “Oh man. That’s a tough call for me, isn’t it? Let’s talk about women or something else. Talking about guys ... “Guys. Wow. You caught me off-guard completely. Help me out here, man. Anything helps.” But once the 26-year-old settled on a selection — Spain’s Feliciano Lopez — he gave more than anyone was expecting. 
“I have always be an admirer of Feli,” Dimitrov said. “I like this guy a lot. He’s just — I mean, every time — he’s like, fit and good and his long hair and the beard. I go with Feli. Feli Lopez. I like this guy a lot. I mean like every time he ... he's fit and good, His long hair. The beard. I wish I had his legs. His calves, man -- he's strong. And every time we're walking toward the showers I say, Show me those calves again. And he starts laughing at me. I guess him. Of course there are few others, but he's the first name that pops into my head."
If this is how quickly he warms up during a press conference, I'd love to see what I could do with him after a few drinks, Watch for yourself here:

Caroline and the City

Consummate runner-up Caroline Wozniacki certainly didn't finish second in the boyfriend department. New Yorkers should be on the lookout for her and her 6-9 power forward around town these next two weeks ...

The Village Voice to Kill Print Edition After 61 Years

Not a surprise -- but definitely marks the end of an era for the legendary alt-weekly that was co-founded by Normal Mailer back in 1955. The announcement comes as part of the ongoing effort by owner Peter Barbey, who purchased the Voice in October 2015 from Voice Media Group, to revitalize and re-imagine the Village Voice brand.

From HERE.

The paper said in a statement:
"When The Village Voice was converted into a free weekly in an effort to boost circulation back in 1996, it was at a time when Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren't yet glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies -- and newspapers everywhere -- were still packed with classified advertising," Mr. Barbey said.
"Clearly a lot has changed since then. That business has moved online -- and so has the Voice's audience, which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of print publishing. This decision will allow us to move forward more freely in our pursuit of all of those avenues so that The Village Voice brand is not just once again viable, but vital."
Ad Age puts the move into perspective HERE.

UPDATE: Here's a wistful sendoff from Jesse Fox Mayshark, a former Times colleague, who eventually left journalism when he moved to Knoxville after we all got laid off:
Writing memoriams for dying newspapers is getting to be like writing them for your favorite '60s rockers. They're all different and they affect you in different ways, but the overall trajectory is unmistakeable. Accepting the "print" caveat in the headline, and trying not to be pessimistic about the "we're moving online along with our audience" spiel, this is still a loss. It's been coming for a while. The last few times I've been in New York, the Voice has been a trim little magazine, not the 200-page behemoth I loved. The disappearance of advertising didn't just cost it revenue, it cost some of its personality. Part of the great romantic appeal of the Voice to those of us in the hinterlands was the ongoing documentation of New York life in its ads for upcoming concerts, downtown galleries, classifieds (where you could look for a job and fantasize about moving to Manhattan) and personals of all conceivable variety. The writing gave the Voice its personality, but the ads gave it its electricity.  
Anyway, on the writing, I loved the critics. For better or worse, I learned a lot about writing from Village Voice music, movie and art reviews. (If it was for the worse, it was only because I couldn't nail that note of terse, playful authority.) I never really understood Wayne Barrett, his New York scandals were hard to parse from afar, but he made the city sound seamy. And Michael Musto made it sound like a wild, occasionally angry party. For me, the Voice was Travis Bickle New York, Ghostbusters New York, Liquid Sky New York. A piece of the real thing. 
In high school I read the Voice at a Rochester place called the Village Green, which was a combination mainstream bookstore, music store, gift store and newsstand. (The same combination I still find hard to resist at Books a Million.) They had magazines from all over, and the Voice was at the end of an aisle with the alternative comics and mystical health publications, not far from the actual adult material. It felt a little daring just going down there to read it. 
During my own stint in New York in my 30s, the Voice was still a valuable companion. It was online, but I preferred to pick up a print copy and take it to a bagel place for lunch. It made me feel like a New Yorker, or at least the idea of a New Yorker that the Voice had helped shape for me. I wanted to write for them, of course, but once I talked my way into an invite to pitch I realized I had no actual ideas. What I could I tell them about New York? So I just read it and argued with it in my head. 
Nostalgia for my idea of the Voice is really beside the point. Of course it can't be what it was, nothing can. It did what it did when some of us needed it to. So the print edition more than earns a warm send-off, whatever the future of the brand.

Lower! Lower!

I haven't deliberately gotten up before noon in decades -- but a week at my parents' made sleeping in nearly impossible. So imagine my delight when I discovered "The Price Is Right" has finally given its viewers what they want, in the form of Aussie product model James O'Halloran, whose smirking and finger pointing ways had me worked up into a tizzy by the Showcase Showdown! 

Bob Barker was accused of sexual harassment -- and you can be sure I would be too if I worked on the show today.

He's like a cross between Jan-Michael Gambill and Ted McGinley, which is to say absolutely dreamy.

Tennis Tuesday

This photo of the Zverev brothers was so hot I had to bump a previously scheduled post about Alexander and Dominic Thiem!

New Progressive Podcast Gives Tips on How to #Resist

What makes the new "UnPresidented" podcast -- hosted by progressive writers and activists Cliff Schecter and John Aravosis (Americablog) -- different from all the rest? It gives you an insider's look at the week's political news -- and the action steps you need to get involved and RESIST. Get started HERE.

A Purrfect Combination

Andrew Christian really outdid himself with this slideshow of Hot Men and Their Cats! 

See more HERE.

How's the Water?

Talk about body surfing! Safe to say animal videos are what's going to get me through these next few years -- especially with little guys who remind me of my Larry.

Song of the Day: 'Total Eclipse' by Klaus Nomi

Ladies Who Look: Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen 

You can imagine how confused I was when my brother Bill brought home the two-record soundtrack to "Urgh! A Music War" and this came on! (And then seeing it on "Night Flight"!

Here's an alternative performance since I already had the "Urgh!" version on my site.

Sadly, Klaus would be dead from AIDS complications just a year later.

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (08/22)

The Daily News: John Kelly's gonna give Donny a dressing down for this!

They toned it down for the late edition, sadly / Read HERE.

The New York Post: His "doctrine" is no plan, all emotion.

The New York Times: The war Trump lambasted Obama for still being in is about to get a lot longer

The Wall Street Journal: When You Already Have 35 Political Parties, What’s 63 More?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bizarre Lust Triangle

An Illinois professor and an online friend brutally murdered the professor's boyfriend to fulfill a "twisted sexual fantasy," prosecutors said. It's bad enough people do horrible things to one another. But that someone could find a warped kindred spirit to join in truly boggles the mind. Read HERE.

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Grigor Dimitrov finally made good on his rapidly fading promise, winning his first Masters 1000 title yesterday in Cincinnati. 

With Daniel Vallverdu, of coaching Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych fame

The dreamy 26-year-old Bulgarian beat Aussie Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 to capture his third ATP World Tour crown of the year, which pushes him back into the Top 10 going into the U.S. Open.

Garbine Muguruza thrashed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 to take home the women's title, which is amazingly only the Wimbledon champion's fifth(?) overall -- two of which are majors. (She was clearly wishing she could have put the "Wheel of Fortune" prize trophy on account.) With yet another humiliating loss for the busty Romanian -- who suddenly seems to have no realistic chance of ever winning a major -- Damian and I are wondering if she might want to follow Melanie Oudin into retirement. Liked what I saw in Madison Keys, who had three match points against the eventual champion, and that Sloane Stephens was back in the mix, even if she lost in nearly as spectacular fashion to Halep as Halep did to Muguruza. 

Also ...

Via ATP: Almost nine years to the day since he first became No. 1, Spain’s Rafael Nadal today returned to the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings for his fourth stint at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis. Nadal, who has already spent 141 total weeks at No. 1, replaces Great Britain’s Andy Murray, who had held the top spot for 41 weeks since Nov. 7,  2016.

Don't really have enough information to have a strong opinion about this, but I was bummed to see that Victoria Azarenka won't be playing the U.S. Open because of a custody dispute with her too-hot-for-her-ex-boyfriend, Billy McKeague. Her impassioned note about the situation -- "No Parent Should Have to Decide Between Their Child or Their Career" -- was something I'm sure every woman can relate to -- something most men take for granted.

Anyone going to New Haven this week? Three-time champion Petra Kvitova begins her latest campaign tonight versus Shuai Peng.

Cincinnati champ Grigor Dimitrov on holiday with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, who is apparently a Pussycat Doll of some sort. More HERE.

Any U.S. Open predictions?

Maria Sharapova has been granted a wild card -- but has barely played since "returning" to the game.

New Yorkers: Be on the lookout for THIS!

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

If nothing else, the events in Charlottesville have reminded us all who the real victims of oppression are ... 

It's like you can't do anything racist and horrible without being called out on it anymore ...


Mug Shot Monday

Oh, boy. Here's a varsity football coach and Liberty University alum(!) charged with soliciting sex from a minor in Naples, Fla.

Song of the Day: 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' by Bonnie Tyler

There's nothing you can do but wear the glasses ...

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (08/21)

The Daily News: I must confess that Jerry Lewis was just the telethon guy and Johnny Carson guest to me growing up. And the only film role I ever saw him in was as talk-show host Jerry Langford in "The King of Comedy," a part Martin Scorsese reportedly wanted Johnny Carson to play.

But even though I never sought out his legendary work with Dean Martin, his good deeds for people with Muscular Dystrophy and his spectacular performance opposite Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard make him all right in my book, even if he may have been the misogynistic prick some say he was. RIP.

Sandra recalls working with the mercurial comedian HERE.

Or was he not such a tough cookie?

The New York Post: Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91

The New York Times: Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit. Then Came Charlottesville.

The Wall Street Journal: Africans Have Heated Views About Rice, Just Ask Mark Zuckerberg

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