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Calvin Klein's former boy-toy, Nick Gruber, who was a wild child and threatened him with a tell-all memoir - 

 

 

Mr Klein is just doing what wealthy straight men have done for ages upgrade their companions for a younger more attractive model ( see our current Clown in Chief) The boy toys get to live a good life for a while - Gruber was an internet porn star.   Ian Mckellen took hot young man as his date to the Oscars the last time he was nominated.

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Yes, they are - older gay men often refer to younger available gay guys - as "gold-diggers".

 

Here's a joke I heard recently.

 

An older guy in a gym sees a really hot young guy coming in. The older guy asks the gym manager, "What machine should I use to impress that guy?" The manager replies, "I would try the cash machine in the lobby."

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Here's a joke I heard recently.

 

An older guy in a gym sees a really hot young guy coming in. The older guy asks the gym manager, "What machine should I use to impress that guy?" The manager replies, "I would try the cash machine in the lobby."

Or he takes American Express ;)

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Happy National Pie Day from actor Trevor Donovan - 

 

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Yeah he would make a fine dessert... ;)

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"The Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years 1956-1963" by Arlene Sullivan (a lesbian) and Ray Smith (a gay man) -

 

Yes, in case you haven't already guessed it, a lot of the boys and girls were gay - 

 

they instinctively formed "cliques" to protect one another -

 

Dick Clark, the host, knew that boys were sleeping with boys and girls were sleeping with girls -

 

although, he allegedly had "spies" who kept watch on the local cruising spot, Rittenhouse Square -

 

he kept this news under wraps - successfully -

 

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(Arlene Sullivan is at the extreme right - and who is the guy at the extreme left?) 

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Dick Clark, the host, knew that boys were sleeping with boys and girls were sleeping with girls -

 

although, he allegedly had "spies" who kept watch on the local cruising spot, Rittenhouse Square -

Rittenhouse Square! Dr. Shippen Stearns, played by Frank Conroy in The Young Philadelphians, would have been shocked to hear that sort of thing was going on in Rittenhouse Square!

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"The Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years 1956-1963" by Arlene Sullivan (a lesbian) and Ray Smith (a gay man) -

 

Yes, in case you haven't already guessed it, a lot of the boys and girls were gay - 

 

they instinctively formed "cliques" to protect one another -

 

Dick Clark, the host, knew that boys were sleeping with boys and girls were sleeping with girls -

 

although, he allegedly had "spies" who kept watch on the local cruising spot, Rittenhouse Square -

 

he kept this news under wraps - successfully -

 

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(Arlene Sullivan is at the extreme right - and who is the guy at the extreme left?) 

There is a movie in this and not  I don't mean "Hairspray"

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ACT-UP, the formidable gay organization that was formed by activist/playwright, Larry Kramer, is now 30 years old - 

 

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ACT-UP, the formidable gay organization that was formed by activist/playwright, Larry Kramer, is now 30 years old - 

I met Larry once or twice. But I did not know until I came upon the information yesterday, that he wrote the screenplay for Women in Love.

 

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Here's a quote from the novel (I love DH as much as I do EMF, my two favorite writers):

 

Notice how he uses the word "penetrate" twice:

 

"So the two men entwined and wrestled with each other, working nearer and nearer. Both were white and clear, but Gerald flushed smart red where he was touched, and Birkin remained white and tense. He seemed to penetrate into Gerald's more solid, more diffuse bulk, to interfuse his body through the body of the other, as if to bring it subtly into subjection, always seizing with some rapid necromantic fore-knowledge every motion of the other flesh, converting and counteracting it, playing upon the limbs and trunk of Gerald like some hard wind. It was as if Birkin's whole physical intelligence interpenetrated into Gerald's body, as if his fine, sublimated energy entered into the flesh of the fuller man, like some potency, casting a fine net, a prison, through the muscles into the very depths of Gerald's physical being."

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I met Larry once or twice. But I did not know until I came upon the information yesterday, that he wrote the screenplay for Women in Love.

 

women-in-love.jpg

 

Here's a quote from the novel (I love DH as much as I do EMF, my two favorite writers):

 

Notice how he uses the word "penetrate" twice:

 

"So the two men entwined and wrestled with each other, working nearer and nearer. Both were white and clear, but Gerald flushed smart red where he was touched, and Birkin remained white and tense. He seemed to penetrate into Gerald's more solid, more diffuse bulk, to interfuse his body through the body of the other, as if to bring it subtly into subjection, always seizing with some rapid necromantic fore-knowledge every motion of the other flesh, converting and counteracting it, playing upon the limbs and trunk of Gerald like some hard wind. It was as if Birkin's whole physical intelligence interpenetrated into Gerald's body, as if his fine, sublimated energy entered into the flesh of the fuller man, like some potency, casting a fine net, a prison, through the muscles into the very depths of Gerald's physical being."

I ran into him a few times in the West Village.

 

Once, we were both entering the same stationery store, and he actually made way for me.

 

But, I stopped and said, "Famous playwrights first."

 

So, he smiled and entered the store.

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Caitlyn Jenner, 67, who used to be Bruce Jenner, is reportedly joining "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (?!)

 

Her show on E!, "I Am Cait", was cancelled after two seasons.

 

As far as we know, she has not yet fully embraced her femininity.

 

Most of the time, she comes across as a man in drag. 

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Caitlyn Jenner, 67, who used to be Bruce Jenner, is reportedly joining "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (?!)

 

Her show on E!, "I Am Cait", was cancelled after two seasons.

 

As far as we know, she has not yet fully embraced her femininity.

 

Most of the time, she comes across as a man in drag. 

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Yes I know this politically incorrect but he was a lot hotter as a man

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I met Larry once or twice. But I did not know until I came upon the information yesterday, that he wrote the screenplay for Women in Love.

 

women-in-love.jpg

 

Here's a quote from the novel (I love DH as much as I do EMF, my two favorite writers):

 

Notice how he uses the word "penetrate" twice:

 

"So the two men entwined and wrestled with each other, working nearer and nearer. Both were white and clear, but Gerald flushed smart red where he was touched, and Birkin remained white and tense. He seemed to penetrate into Gerald's more solid, more diffuse bulk, to interfuse his body through the body of the other, as if to bring it subtly into subjection, always seizing with some rapid necromantic fore-knowledge every motion of the other flesh, converting and counteracting it, playing upon the limbs and trunk of Gerald like some hard wind. It was as if Birkin's whole physical intelligence interpenetrated into Gerald's body, as if his fine, sublimated energy entered into the flesh of the fuller man, like some potency, casting a fine net, a prison, through the muscles into the very depths of Gerald's physical being."

In the movie all they do is wrestle...time for a remake!

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In the movie all they do is wrestle...time for a remake!

 

In the DVD commentary, Ken Russell claimed that some prints shown outside the UK (and even in normally progressive Argentina) had the nude wrestling scene cut. Yet this final shot of the two guys breathing all sweaty on the floor was kept in since they were shown strictly above the waist. Of course, all of this prudishness regarding the actors' "manhoods" had the unexpected impact. Many moviegoers were thinking something OTHER than wrestling was going on between these two. Therefore, the scenes had to be reinstated to prove it was all simply... wrestling.

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In the DVD commentary, Ken Russell claimed that some prints shown outside the UK (and even in normally progressive Argentina) had the nude wrestling scene cut. Yet this final shot of the two guys breathing all sweaty on the floor was kept in since they were shown strictly above the waist. Of course, all of this prudishness regarding the actors' "manhoods" had the unexpected impact. Many moviegoers were thinking something OTHER than wrestling was going on between these two. Therefore, the scenes had to be reinstated to prove it was all simply... wrestling.

The way is shot and cut it is very homoerotic  Alan Bates looks very sexy

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There was a reason why the tussle was shot in front of a fire place. All of us look so much better in THAT light.

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There was a reason why the tussle was shot in front of a fire place. All of us look so much better in THAT light.

Yes indeed- and it add to the romantic eroticism of the scene- you really expect them to kiss at the end

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Yes indeed- and it add to the romantic eroticism of the scene- you really expect them to kiss at the end

 

My favorite novel of all time is D.H. Lawrence's first novel: The White Peacock, a gorgeous evocation of coming of age in the Derbyshire countryside. The two main characters, Cyril and George, are very much the forerunners of Rupert and Gerald in Women in Love. Cyril and Rupert, of course, represent Lawrence himself. I love this passage -- Cyril and George have been swimming nude and emerge from the lake:

 

"We stood and looked at each other as we rubbed ourselves dry. He was well proportioned, and naturally of handsome physique, heavily limbed. He laughed at me, telling me I was like one of Aubrey Beardsley's long, lean ugly fellows. I referred him to many classic examples of slenderness, declaring myself more exquisite than his grossness, which amused him.

 

But I had to give in, and bow to him, and he took on an indulgent, gentle manner. I laughed and submitted. For he knew not how I admired the noble, white fruitfulness of his form. As I watched him, he stood in white relief against the mass of green. He polished his arm, holding it out straight and solid; he rubbed his hair into curls, while I watched the deep muscles of his shoulders, and the bands stand out in his neck as he held it firm; I remembered the story of Annable.

 

He saw I had forgotten to continue my rubbing, and laughing he took hold of me and began to rub me briskly, as if I were a child, or rather, a woman he loved and did not fear. I left myself quite limply in his hands, and, to get a better grip of me, he put his arm round me and pressed me against him, and the sweetness of the touch of our naked bodies one against the other was superb. It satisfied in some measure the vague, indecipherable yearning of my soul; and it was the same with him. When he had rubbed me all warm, he let me go, and we looked at each other with eyes of still laughter, and our love was perfect for a moment, more perfect than any love I have known since, either for man or woman."

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Hmmmm... that is pretty potent material there, um... Swithin. A quick trip to wikipedia reveals that he re-wrote that novel three times between 1906 and 1911. Wonder what other versions of that set of paragraphs state. Boys will be boys. Brotherly love.

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My favorite novel of all time is D.H. Lawrence's first novel: The White Peacock, a gorgeous evocation of coming of age in the Derbyshire countryside. The two main characters, Cyril and George, are very much the forerunners of Rupert and Gerald in Women in Love. Cyril and Rupert, of course, represent Lawrence himself. I love this passage -- Cyril and George have been swimming nude and emerge from the lake:

 

"We stood and looked at each other as we rubbed ourselves dry. He was well proportioned, and naturally of handsome physique, heavily limbed. He laughed at me, telling me I was like one of Aubrey Beardsley's long, lean ugly fellows. I referred him to many classic examples of slenderness, declaring myself more exquisite than his grossness, which amused him.

 

But I had to give in, and bow to him, and he took on an indulgent, gentle manner. I laughed and submitted. For he knew not how I admired the noble, white fruitfulness of his form. As I watched him, he stood in white relief against the mass of green. He polished his arm, holding it out straight and solid; he rubbed his hair into curls, while I watched the deep muscles of his shoulders, and the bands stand out in his neck as he held it firm; I remembered the story of Annable.

 

He saw I had forgotten to continue my rubbing, and laughing he took hold of me and began to rub me briskly, as if I were a child, or rather, a woman he loved and did not fear. I left myself quite limply in his hands, and, to get a better grip of me, he put his arm round me and pressed me against him, and the sweetness of the touch of our naked bodies one against the other was superb. It satisfied in some measure the vague, indecipherable yearning of my soul; and it was the same with him. When he had rubbed me all warm, he let me go, and we looked at each other with eyes of still laughter, and our love was perfect for a moment, more perfect than any love I have known since, either for man or woman."

Extremely homoerotic, I would say.

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Hmmmm... that is pretty potent material there, um... Swithin. A quick trip to wikipedia reveals that he re-wrote that novel three times between 1906 and 1911. Wonder what other versions of that set of paragraphs state. Boys will be boys. Brotherly love.

 

I have the 1911 text, which was published by Penguin in 1950 and reprinted several times, the latest mentioned in my paperback being 1972. That is the authorized text that brought Lawrence his earliest fame.

 

Lawrence was probably gay, although he was terrified at the thought. He was not from the class of E.M. Forster, Duncan Grant, and Lytton Strachey, whose class and milieu (upper-class schooling and Bloomsbury) conferred upon them the opportunity and example to express their homosexuality more openly; and not to fear, revile, or suppress it. 

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I have the 1911 text, which was published by Penguin in 1950 and reprinted several times, the latest mentioned in my paperback being 1972. That is the authorized text that brought Lawrence his earliest fame.

 

Lawrence was probably gay, although he was terrified at the thought. He was not from the class of E.M. Forster, Duncan Grant, and Lytton Strachey, whose class and milieu (upper-class schooling and Bloomsbury) conferred upon them the opportunity and example to express their homosexuality more openly; and not to fear, revile, or suppress it. 

Lawrence was at least bi- I was reading that the men's relationship in " Women in Love" was inspired by a real "friendship" that Lawrence had a with a Cornish farmer- he seemed to be attracted to Joe Gage type men ;)

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I'm surprise no one has done a D H Lawrence bio film.

 

A feeble attempt was made, related mostly to his marriage. DH is played, appropriately, by Ian McKellen. His wife Frieda is butcher than he is!

 

 

 

Sons and Lovers is my second favorite DHL book, after The White Peacock. One could take it as a sort of biographic film. I really really wanted to like it, but it doesn't do justice to the beauty of the novel, possibly because Jack Cardiff was really a cinematographer, not a director, and Dean Stockwell wasn't right for the lead. I haven't seen the two television versions.

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