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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I'm Coming Out...Oh, wait, done that already...

So it’s National Coming Out Day for the LGBT community, is it? Wouldn’t it be nice if the world were someday to reach a point in its social evolution where ‘coming out’ wasn’t even necessary? After all, one doesn’t see National Coming Out Day for, say, opera fans. And that’s O-P-E-R-A, as in people in fancy period costumes prancing around a stage and loudly singing a tale of love, betrayal, and revenge in a foreign language, not Oprah. Although I suppose we could have a National Coming Out Day for her fans, too. I just think it says a lot about how backward the world still is that we need a National Day to make LGBT people feel better and more secure about coming out. Your sexuality should be no more anyone else’s business to make an issue out of ( well, besides the business of whomever you intend to have sex with, of course ) than the color of your underwear. Which presumably might also be the business of whomever you intend to have sex with to make an issue of, although not for long if you’re doing it right ;-)... It’s not as though at the age of forty you would find yourself saying to your parents, “ Mom. Dad. I have something to tell you. I’m a Formula One racing fan. You’re not too shocked, are you? You do still love me, don’t you?” So why should you be put through an emotional wringer about revealing your sexuality to anyone?

And if we must have a National Coming Out Day for the LGBT community, for the love of Prada, can’t we make it at least a wee bit fun and glamorous? I know we have Pride Days for parades and all that, but it’s our coming out and we should be allowed to make a party of it if we want to. So let’s make it a vodka-and-beer-soaked holiday parade of gays, lesbians, drag queens and kings, all the trans men and women, all our fag hags and lettie bags, and every other fabulous creature ( nod to GeeGee there…go check out her website Two Fat Cows And A Bottle Of Goose…it’s fabulous, too! ) on this green earth. Show the homophobes, who continue with their rabid ignorance to force us to make an issue of ‘coming out’ at all, exactly how dreary a place the world would be without us in it.

For National Coming Out Day...and just because there's always time for some glam-disco!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Loser's Town ( by Johnny Depp's Brother! )

Loser's TownLoser's Town by Daniel Depp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After sleazy “fixer” Richie Stella does up-and-coming movie star Bobby Dye a favor by making a problem disappear, Bobby finds himself the subject of blackmail. Aware of what a scandal could do to his fledgling career, Dye hires PI David Spandau to sort Richie and the mess out. But this being Hollywood, things are, of course, not quite what they seem.
Daniel Depp ( brother of actor Johnny ) steps out of his role as screenwriter and into that of novelist in his first work, a wise-cracking modern noir detective story set in Hollywood. Depp introduces us here to David Spandau, one-time stuntman-turned-investigator. Spandau has all the requisite features of a noir PI: he’s weary and cynical, he drinks, he wise-cracks his way through life, he is the ban of his grumpy boss’s life, he’s still in love with his ex-wife, and deep down he feels he’s on the side of the angels. The plot doesn’t throw up too many surprises within the genre either.
But familiarity in this case is a good thing well enough done by Depp. The story jogs along at a nice pace, the characters interact with lines that occasionally make you actually laugh out loud, and Depp’s writing style, although simplistic, is entertaining enough to get away with it. If there is one thing I appreciate about how screenwriters handle novel-writing it is that they have learned the value of “less is more”. They know when a sentence will suffice rather than a paragraph. The fact that the plot is as thin as your average supermodel is neither here nor there.

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