You shouldn't be so rude to Kate Baldwin. What has she ever done to you, Choire? Oh, you had to sit through Big Fish? Well then, troll away Sicha, troll away.
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This will surely become de Blasio ville long before it opens as a golf course, no? Or perhaps it will become home base for the roving motorcycle gangs? Trump should probably just follow Bloomberg's lead and move to London.
I've missed Choire's OCD math posts. This was what made the Awl in the early days. Sigh.
Also, this is something no one is talking about in the current coverage of the mayoral election: "We're also going to miss him when we forget in a couple years that he's largely to blame for the forthcoming budget crisis." Shit's gonna hit the fan and everyone in the media is going to blame de Blasio or Quinn or Thompson, but it's really basically going to be all Bloomberg's fault. But he will be sunning in the Bahamas or soaking in his $13,000 tub or bouncing around up in his space compound by then so what will he care.
@Zach_Swift_Maher Think more atmospheric and episodic than literal and graphic. Taxi Zum Klo but in Paris in the '70s/'80s. A snapshot of a very particular type of man at a very particular time, both of which most likely will never be seen again. Obviously not a Hollywood movie, but European, perhaps French or even Spanish or German. I'm hoping the upcoming Strangers by the Lake will capture some of that mood/tone.
@Zach_Swift_Maher Tricks is insanely hot. I wish someone would make a feature film of it.
I loved this movie too, but it's 2013 and I really thought we had moved passed "the homo dies" in cinema.
On Book Gay
This book was delightful when I read it a few months back and it was called "Queer Street" and was written by James McCourt.
"IV. In which a patron of The Bar has been attacked:
This time there was no knife, they just got him on the floor and it was just a fist which had come down on the man's face again and again. And it happened just two streets away from The Bar. He came into the bar with blood everywhere. . . He wasn't as badly hurt as he looked, actually, but it was enough to make us all think at least twice.
People say to me that I must be keeping a list of all the attacks I hear about. They say it's morbid, they say what are you trying to prove anyway. They say why do you have to talk about that just now. They say to me, how many of them do there have to be before you think you've got enough on your list. They say when are you going to stop it, and I say, when am I going to stop it, when am I - "
Philip Clark on Neil Bartlett's "Ready to Catch Him Should I Fall" in "The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered", which I was literally just reading less than an hour before you posted this.
@Shaun Robinson@facebook As an avid Bob Caro fan who is EAGERLY awaiting Vol. 4, it was the more enjoyable, insightful of the two. It was the one I've recommended to people who didn't want to read both. It was the one that made me more excited for the new book. The Times Mag piece was staid and felt repackaged from 2002.
This is strange because the Esquire piece was, in fact, the better of the two.