Random, perhaps embarrassing thoughts, insights and opinions relating mostly to popular culture vol. 6
--When society achieves a certain level of absurdity, satire loses its power.
--Nan Goldin's art action at the Met Museum inspired the hell out of me.
--As did those teens walking out of school.
--We had a walkout when I was in high school-- think it was about Prop 13.
--Elton John has a radio station on Apple Music. It's funny to think of Elton John working.
--Sza makes music I (mostly) like, but I don't know how to pronounce her name.
--Erykah Badu continues to excite me--her mixtape is brilliant. (But You Can't Use My Phone.)
--Frank Ocean is a young, gay, black musical artist with broad appeal and that makes me really happy.
--The pervasiveness of sugar astonishes me.
--I shot an episode on a TV show and it streamed last week and I still haven't seen it.
--I also haven't seen Hamilton.
--RuPaul's statements about trans people and drag, are lame.
--I still struggle with the they/them/their convention, but it's coming to me.
--Love, Simon is being billed as the first gay romcom--what about My Beautiful Laundrette? Maurice? Others? Maybe they're too fraught with closet issues to be considered 'romantic.'
--Is Edie Brickell still making music? Or did Paul Simon silence her?
--And, what about Beverly D'Angelo?
--Remember when Linda Evangelista said she wouldn't get out of bed for less than $10,000? Remember how outraged people were?
--I listened to a great podcast on early Hollywood on a long drive south last week. Called You Must Remember This, we binged the Joan Crawford episodes. Fascinating.
--Is it true that Janine Garofolo is asexual?
--Someone last week wrote to me about my lists, telling me they thought of me when, as they sat in their car, worrying about Sinead O'Connor, they wondered who else would care about this? She realized: I WOULD CARE! And, I do. In fact, Sinead, in particular, is someone I think about a lot. Her music has made such a huge impact on my life, beginning with the Lion and the Cobra, through Universal Mother and beyond. What an extraordinary artist. What a suffering soul. I've been listening to a great meditation lately that begins by saying we must give thanks for our suffering so that we may know gratitude. I'm not sure about that but I try...I do give thanks, especially for those who've made my life richer. And to those who manage, with their suffering, to still make something extraordinary with their life--HUGE thanks. Here's to Sinead, wherever she might be today. May she know peace.