Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Tennis Tuesday: Miles Bugby

Please forgive me for just now realizing British ex-tennis player Miles Bugby has become quite the cover man and underwear model. See for yourself BELOW.

Happy Razor-Apple Day!


Hope you're masked and ready for fun! 

Monday, October 30, 2023

CBC Investigation Says Buffy Sainte-Marie Has Falsely Claimed Her Native Identity


While to the average American Buffy Sainte-Marie may sound like the funnest drag queen ever, I'm told by a reader Up North that she's anything but:
Not sure if this is making much news in the US, but here in Canada is an expose of Buffy. It’s painful for many of us here because she is such an icon and trailblazer but the fraud seems irrefutable. Journalistically, I think this episode is a tour de force.
Watch here:


Opinion by Daniel Sims: Buffy Sainte-Marie and adoption 

Many, including the Piapot First Nation, are pointing to the fact that she was adopted by Emile Piapot and Clara Starblanket Piapot.

Read HERE.

Remains of the Day (10/30)

Devil's Night: Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum went as "Rosemary's Baby," which I saw for the first time yesterday. (It's very good, despite Mia Farrow's rather odd Omaha[!] accent.) See a roundup of the sexiest Halloween costumes so far HERE.

Hot Cat of the Day: When the fur is flying in the other room! (sound on)

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Haddad Maia, Sinner and Auger Aliassime. Plus a photo tribute to tennis superfan Matthew Perry and all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Remains of the Day (10/27)

YouTube: Watch the new lyric video for Rosanne Cash's "The Truth About You," from the 30th anniversary reissue of her album "The Wheel"

On the Rag, Vol. 781

 A weekly look at what's making news in the gay magazines:

Male Model Trending: Wild backyard

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Got Melk?

Wait a minute: Does this mean all of my classmates at Hiller Elementary School in suburban Detroit weren't stupid -- they were just Dutch? Now I just need to figure out where the natives say cousint and heighth.

Remains of the Day (10/26)

Thursday Ad Watch: Now that's a perfect fit 

NYP: Welcome to the USA, land of the “mentally ill gun expert.” Remember when Republicans passed a bill to revoke Obama-era gun checks for people with mental illnesses and Crazy Donald immediately signed it into law?

Hot Cat of the Day: Massage time

Loved It Beyond a ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

Damian and I caught the late show of "Shadow of a Doubt" last night at the Village East, part of the cinema's annual Hitchcock-tober fest. As you've probably figured out, I'm not a full-blown movie queen, so I confess that I had never even heard of it. Turns out it's a good one -- apparently Hitch's favorite of his works -- leaving us on the edge of our seats with so many uncomfortable moments as the plot thickens. Nice to see Joseph Cotten play a completely different character than he did in "Gaslight," which is how I know him. And now I'm eager -- and inspired -- to see more of Teresa Wright, who I know I'm a bad gay for not having already eaten up in "Mrs. Miniver," "The Little Foxes" and "The Best Years of Our Lives," three films on my "I Should Have Already Seen" list. 

P.S. A few more movies I've finally watched:

"Sophie's Choice," which I mentioned HERE. Obviously Meryl Streep was spectacular being Meryl Streep, and Kevin Kline is ridiculously handsome. But boy was I not aware of the fact that it was about the Nazi persecution of Slavs rather than Jews. Maybe I'm too woke to appreciate it now.

Also finally watched "Goodbye, Columbus." I'm not the biggest Philip Roth fan -- apparently his misogyny is supposed to charming or something -- but this film based on his short story of the same name reined it in enough for me to be able to enjoy it. It helped that the much-maligned Ali MacGraw is spectacular to look at, as is the guy (Michael Meyers) playing her brother. (Did you notice the weird sexual energy between him and Richard Benjamin's character?) 

And for Halloween, Damian wanted to watch "The Witches of Eastwick." I'm a HUGE Cher fan but had never seen it, due to my strict realism policy. I can't say I regret watching it -- it was fun seeing the leads back in the day, and Cher on a bike was second only to Kermit! -- but as predicted it wasn't really my cup of tea. (Maybe I'm too dense literal for this type of stuff: They were witches but didn't really know they were? Jack Nicholson's character shouldn't have been hurt/upset that these three women with whom he formed a polyamorous relationship suddenly and coldly cut him off without giving it a second thought? Or?) All I know for sure is that Veronica Cartwright stole the film. 

Crazy to think that Cher had THREE major motion pictures that year -- "Witches" followed by "Suspect" and then "Moonstruck" -- and then other than "Mermaids" kind of faded away from Hollywood. (I may have seen "Faithful" on cable but never saw "Tea With Mussolini," which of course was way after the fact.) 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Remains of the Day (10/25)

NYPDwight Howard denies sexually assaulting man in bombshell lawsuit, claims it was "consensual encounter"

WaPo: D.C.’s giant pandas will leave by mid-November, with lots of luggage; I have such fond memories of going to see Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing at the National Zoo as a boy, with my parents decorating my baby sister's bedroom with panda wallpaper and stuffed animals.

Hot Cat of the Day: OK, seriously. One of you needs to adopt Twix and send me hourly updates, stat!

Joe My God!

Who says going to the office is a total waste of time? 

Noticed a new coffee joint this afternoon on my way to the subway -- and cannot wait to check it out, even if I fear for its longevity. (Its predecessor was a Jewish deli of sorts that somehow couldn't make it ... on the Upper West Side of Manhattan!) 

Self-described as a “family-owned, cozy and hip coffee shop with a European vibe,” Picky Barista offers Stumptown coffees, avocado toasts, egg and cheese croissants, prosciutto mozzarella and pesto sandwiches and overnight oats, plus pastries ranging from apple cakes to cinnamon rolls to vegan banana-walnut muffins. 
“All of our pastries are homemade on premises and are inspired by the recipes of Mama Bulic, who also helps out in the kitchen,” reads the café’s website. “Coming from Serbia, you will notice a big Balkan influence in our menu. Allow yourself to be transported to that magical land with our Balkan coffee, our burek, or our baklava." 
“We live by the mantra ‘coffee is always a good idea,’ and think you will too after you relax and unwind with a tasty beverage and pastry at Peaky Picky Barista coffee shop.”
As best I can tell, the shop -- which also has locations at 102/Broadway, 92nd/Columbus and 82nd/Lexington -- recently changed its name from Peaky Barista, although I'm not sure why. (Cease and desist order from Steven Knight?) 


Full menu HERE. And check 'em out on Instagram HERE.

UPDATE: A little bit of a bummer. Seems it's just a soft opening for now. Ice machine wasn't working -- I'm an iced latte queen -- and the kitchen isn't up and running, so just pastries in the display case. I'm told things will be fully function in two weeks, so I will definitely be going back for the full experience. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Remains of the Day (10/24)

Hot Cats of the Day: Trick or treat? 

Tennis Tuesday

I like his take on "tennis whites." Surely the All England Club would approve! Watch BELOW

Monday, October 23, 2023

Lies, Damn Lies and Critics

This is just a little reminder -- to myself, more than anyone -- that while critics, reviews and your friends' opinions can be useful, sometimes you just need to judge a work of entrainment for yourself.

Yesterday I received this (much-appreciated) message from my friend Greg:
Has anyone watched the new Frasier? It's just as sharp and funny as the original... and crazy to think he's played this same character for 40 years
To which I replied:
We JUST watched and thought the exact same thing. EVERY review said it was unbearable -- to the point that we weren’t even going to bother. So boy were we surprised at how enjoyable it is.
Meanwhile, I FINALLY watched “Sophie’s Choice” in its entirety -- you know, the Oscar-winning adaptation of the acclaimed novel. The world really needed the plight of a non-Jewish person targeted by Nazis to be better known. 🙄
To which he replied:
One of my favorite jokes was Frasier trying to decide on a sofa saying it’s a real “Sofa's choice.” Is that why you watched the movie? You didn’t get the reference?


Jack Cutmore-Scott is adorable as the grownup Freddy, acting as a Martin 2.0. Anders Keith is spot-on as David Crane, son of Niles and Daphne. And Frasier's collogues Olivia and Alan -- played by Toks Olagundoye and Nicholas Lyndhurst -- are both sharp and hilarious. 

But with headlines like: Review: ‘Frasier’ Returns, Tossed, Scrambled and Eggscruciating, it feels like people are going out of their way to dislike the show -- NYT critic James Poniewozik is pretending to hold against it that Frasier did eventually become a TV star because he'd turned down the opportunity ... in 2004(!) and that Freddy outgrew being a nerd, because that's never happened(!) -- in an attempt to go viral with the wittiest takedown. 

Although we probably don't need 11 new seasons of it, here's hoping the latest incarnation of "Frasier" sticks around for a while -- or at least as long as it would like to. Others may -- and have -- disagree. But I'm happy I gave it a shot. 

Remains of the Day (10/23)

The Signorile ReportHow the Supreme Court may make same-sex marriage into second-class marriage. (The justices don't even have to overturn Obergefell. And the wheels are in motion.)

NYP"Moonlighting" creator Glenn Gordon Caron and Cybill Shepherd say they fought for "brilliant" Bruce Willis. Don't be envious but I never watched the infamous series -- I was a last-semester senior in high school then a college student when it ran! -- so am getting to discover it via Hulu for the first time!

OutPaul Mescal helped Andrew Scott celebrate his birthday at a gay bar ... Boy Culture reviews their new film, "All of Us Strangers," HERE.

West Side Rag: Grammar guru gets "expelled" from Upper West Side subway station

Hot Cat of the Day: Quick learner!