Sep 12, 2015
I've already posted on the rather explicit gay subtexts of Malcolm's older brother Reese (Justin Berfield), and the lesser but still substantial subtexts of his oldest brother, Francis (Christopher Masterson). But how do the other two boys in the family fare?
Not good. All of the show's heterosexism seems to distill onto them.
Malcolm spends the series hot for one girl after another, with no close male friends except Stevie (Craig Lamar Traylor), who uses a wheelchair and has a lung problem that allows him to say only a few words at a time. Not a lot of buddy-bonding there.
Not a lot of gay interest in Frankie Muniz' later career, either. The hetero-horny Extreme Movie (2008), with Ryan Pinkston.
When the boys get a hot female babysitter, they try various strategies to win her over, but Dewey has the best: he has a "bad dream." She promptly invites him into her bed, and he grins with triumph as his brothers watch.
After Malcolm, Erik starred in Mo (2007), about a teen with Marfan Syndrome who "discovers girls."
At least he's rumored to be gay in real life.
See also: The Top 10 Hunks of "Malcolm in the Middle"
Sep 10, 2015
He walks through a nightmare world, an ashen wasteland crowded with translucent shapes and slimy things, until finally he encounters two beings, the Goat and the Hyena -- not animals, exactly, nor yet men. The husks of men. They were once lovers -- they call each other "my dear" and "my love," but only in mockery, the affection they once shared bled away long ago through their service to the Lamb.
Through a combination of courage, luck, and sheer innocence, the Boy manages to slay the Lamb and release the Goat and the Hyena. Then he walks "in kind of a dream" to where the searchers from the Castle can find him.
The gay symbolism was obvious -- the Lamb and his minions who worked to pervert men and boys were nothing more than the "Swishes" of Rocky High, who could destroy you with a whispered word or a touch. But that wasn't the frightening part -- many, many stories of the Cold War Era -- such as James Purdy's Malcolm, depicted gayness as a brooding malignancy.
Mervyn Peake drew the illustrations himself. For some reason he specialized in male nudes, though I haven't seen anything indicating that he was gay.
Sep 8, 2015
When he was nine years old, he asked his mother to write a story for him and his best friend, Chuck Fabian, about a "little planet just their size."
The result was The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (1954), one of the first books I read on my own (another was The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree), a fascinating evocation of the world of a gay child whose gayness is known but not yet consciously acknowledged.
When I was very young, I found in Mushroom Planet "a good place," a precursor to Earthfasts, The Tripods, or The Lord of the Rings.
2. Everyone insisted on misunderstanding my friendships with girls, calling them "girlfriends" rather than buddies. But in Mushroom Planet, no girls are gazed at, thought of, or even mentioned, except for the boys' mothers. The planet Basidium is occupied entirely by little men (later we discover that they reproduce through spores, like mushrooms).
Sep 7, 2015
They lived in a small but very nice house on Hilldale, just off Sunset.
Derek and I turned out to be Just Roommates: We scheduled different hours for cooking and eating meals. We were invited to each other's parties by default, and on Saturday afternoons we went to the Bodhi Tree on Melrose to browse for New Age books, but otherwise we rarely socialized. We had different social circles.
And he never invited me to "share."
It was rather frustrating listening to the activity on the other side of the wall, and never being asked to join in.
Did I mention that Derek's physique was spectacular even by West Hollywood standards? And that I saw his beneath-the-belt gifts in one of his old layouts in Mandate?
The rest of the story is too risque for this G-rated blog. You can read it on Tales of West Hollywood.