Thursday, February 29, 2024

On the Rag, Vol. 798

10 sports stories that helped advance the LGBT movement, Alan Ritchson cops to testosterone replacement and more in this week's magazine roundup BELOW.

Leap of Logic


"But then to make it all work you add an extra day in February."

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Rosanne Cash's 'Wheel' of Good Fortune

Had a wonderful time last night at Rosanne Cash's sold-out show at City Winery -- one of four dates at the venue. The tour -- dubbed "Reinventing The Wheel" -- celebrates the 30th anniversary of her life-altering 1993 album ("The Wheel"), which was the first she recorded with the man who would become her artistic and romantic partner in crime, John Leventhal, with whom she has collaborated on the best work of her career. As part of the anniversary, she and John started the label Rumble Strip Records through which they re-issued (and expanded) the album -- the masters are now hers thanks to a clause in her long-ago record contract -- and then planned to hit the road before a slow recovery from a knee replacement forced the tour to become more of a 31st anniversary! 

They kicked the evening off with seven songs from "The Wheel": "You Won't Let Me In, "If There's a God on My Side," "Tears Falling Down," "From the Ashes, "The Truth About You Play," "Seventh Avenue" and the title track. 

And from there performed a terrific mixture of old and new, including a few from her classic album "The List": "That's All I Know About Arkansas" (off her hubby's debut solo album), "Long Black Veil" (Lefty Frizzell cover), "Sea of Heartbreak" (Don Gibson cover, which she recorded with Bruce Springsteen who was nowhere to be found), "And Your Bird Can Sing" (The Beatles are John's favorite group), "Blue Moon With Heartache" (a song she's had a love-hate relationship with over the past four decades, currently in a love phase!), "The Sunken Lands Play," "A Feather's Not a Bird," "The Only Thing Worth Fighting For" (which I had no idea she'd written for "True Detective"), "I'm Movin' On" (Hank Snow cover), "Seven Year Ache" (natch) and Bob Dylan's "Farewell, Angelina" as an encore -- which all added up to another unforgettable evening with one of the industry's true gems. 

Forgive the angle: We all live in a vertical world now thanks to social media. 

Remains of the Day (02/28)


“Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.” -- Larry David

I'll always love what a good sport he was on "The Howard Stern Show" decades ago when Robin Quivers referred to his sitcom as "Anything but Ratings"(!). 


The Ball Boys are back with "Lana Del Ray Ja Vu" HERE.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Tennis Tuesday: Robert Wagner

There weren't many hotter than ole RJ. More of his gams BELOW.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Remains of the Day (02/26)

People: Good news/bad news regarding actor David Gail's untimely death: The good news is he didn't just randomly die of "sudden cardiac arrest" at 58. The bad news is he was a f**king mess, hopped up on amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl

World of StatisticsA little surprised by the order of the world's oldest metro systems (I'm looking at you, Glasgow, which I visited on my 50th birthday trip!)

Just JaredNick Offerman slams "homophobic hate" against his "Last of Us" episode, which I thought Gen Z had already decided wasn't his story to tell in the first place

Song of the Day: ‘That’s All l Know About Arkansas’ by John Leventhal (featuring Rosanne Cash)

In honor of the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Johnny Cash -- and that we're finally seeing daughter Rosanne tomorrow night at her rescheduled gig at City Winery -- I give you son-in-law of the former and husband of the latter John Leventhal's new single from "Rumble Strip," the six-time Grammy winner's debut solo album. Cute to note that Johnny, who was born in Kingsland, Ark., arrived on this planet the same year my father did (in Pottsville, Pa.), way back in 1932. xo

Empire High

Another gorgeous afternoon in New York City. Anyone else live for these crisp days?

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Titles for Khachanov, Thompson, Baez and Paolini. My full report plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Remains of the Day (02/23)

Saturday 'Stache: There's nothing here for me

Hot Cat of the Day: All that kneading has paid off!


After a successful festival run (including Salem Horror, Outfest, Fantasia and more), the LGBT horror film "T-Blockers," from acclaimed writer/director Alice Maio Mackey, has scheduled a release date on March 5th. Check out the trailer HERE.


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Reach Around

Probably the only good thing about going in to the office these days is getting to see this life-size billboard of Alan Ritchson, whose jockstrapped ass I was blogging about way back in 2008!

On the Rag, Vol. 797

 Twin models Leonardo and Lorenzo Tano and more in this week's magazine roundup BELOW.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Nailed It


With thanks to Billy: It's been a while since I added to my collection of "unusual" nail-salon names

Footnote: Have you noticed that the kids say "get railed" instead of nailed, which of course is idiotic and makes no sense. 

Remains of the Day (02/21)

GTRobin Windsor, of "Strictly Come Dancing" fame, dies at 44. He is said to have struggled with depression after being cut from the show following back surgery. His former boyfriend, Marcus Collins, reacted to the sad news HERE.

ATPIvo Karlovic officially confirms his retirement ... watch his funsize-boys handshake HERE!

NYP: Boy meets perv


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Margot at the Dermatologist

I told a friend I have been watching “Expats” on Amazon Prime Video …

From HERE.

Tennis Tuesday: Jack (and Ben) Draper

As pornographic as this video about Jack Draper is, it's his big brother who really has me worked up. See BELOW.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Remains of the Day (02/19)

NYP49ers running back Christian McCaffrey seems like he'll be just fine ... revisit when he first caught my eye in his white compression shorts HERE.

Caption Me;: Size matters

Boy CultureCheck out a wonderful Q&A with Susan Seidelman after a rare screening of "Making Mr. Right," which came and went in 1987 despite an incredible cast including Ann Magnuson, John Malkovich and Lauire Metcalf -- who had starred in the director's 1985 masterpiece, "Desperately Seeking Susan"

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Titles for Sinner, Fritz, Díaz Acosta(!) and Swiatek. Plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Happy Presidents' Day


I'm working on this federal holiday, but hope you're having a good one commemorating some of our favorite slave-owning leaders. 

Policywise, I'm thinking Andrew Jackson should also be near the bottom, but I'm OK with this.