May 18, 2019
1. Blake Gray, born 2001 (American). I don't know which, but I imagine the one without the physique.
3. Duhitzmark (Mark Thomas), born 2001 (American). His shirt lift was so aggressive that it resulted in a "nip slip."
4. Jovani Jara, born 1999 (American). You don't mind if I include some of their other photos? Endless shirt-lifting tongue-out and puppy dog snouts become annoying.
5. I forgot a marked preference for big hair, usually in a gigantic frontal wave.
Jackson Felt, born 2003 (American).
6. Elmo O'Dwyer, born 2000 (British). You forgot the tongue action, dude.
"Nu ska jag bada" = "Now I'm going to swim."
That explains the swimsuit pics.
9.Vitallyboo, born 2002 (American). Forgot the shirt lift, but he certainly has the big hair.
Seriously, what's with sticking your tongue out? In some cultures, it's an act of aggression. Is it supposed to be sexy?
Oh, no. I thought I had paged through to the end of the 100+ stars. But there was a click button: "See more stars."
How many guys born between 1999 and 2002 can there possibly be who have big hair and look good with their shirt lifted and their tongue out?
Remember when there were at most six teen idols? And everyone bought their records and watched them on tv? And none of them ever stuck out their tongues while lifting their shirts?
12. Robbie Burlow, born 2001 (American).
14. Raegan Beast, born 1999 (American).
I could go on, but I have other things to do today.
May 17, 2019
Ok, I can see his physique, but there are lots of guys like that in every high school. Has he done anything besides work out?
He's from Denmark.
He posts videos on youtube about his life: "I Spent 4 Days in Jail" (actually in a discount hotel), "We Made a Rainbow Cake", and so on.
Oh, and he's a TikTok Star.
What the heck is a TikTop Star?
Finally I got tired (the list really does go on forever and ever), but here are some highlights:
1. Bryce Hall, born 2000 (American)
7. Juwany Roman, born 1999 (American)
8. Sebastian Topete, born 2000 (American)
Most I can tell is, all TikTok stars are famous for posting pictures of themselves liftting their shirts and sticking their tongues out, and affixing doggie snouts to their noses.
But it's still getting 4 million viewers in the U.S. Go figure.
Nolan Gould was the only reason for watching, his hunkiness expanding exponentially as the seasons progressed. He didn't capitalize on his physique as deliberately and ostentatiously as, say, Alan Kaiser of Mama's Family( even today, while watching old episodes, you are stunned by how blatant his bulge was). But still, the transformation was startling.
Just having your shirt off doesn't make it a beefcake photo. Looking extremely uncomfortable destroys the hotness.
Flexing in front of the Coliseum in Rome. You're not thinking "How buffed!" You're thinking "So he's been to Rome."
Maybe there will be better beefcake in Nolan's upcoming projects. He has two coming out:
Camp is a web tv series about a Jewish summer camp. There may be hijinks and swimming.
See also: My 10 Favorite Pictures of Nolan Gould;
Even More Nolan Gould
May 16, 2019
Meanwhile, the rich townie snobs look down on Valley kids, and resent their intrusion into "our beach."
So it's on, nerds vs. jocks in a battle royale to see who gets to become real Junior Lifeguards.
Wait -- do they really choose lifeguards via team competitions?
There is, indeed, a pleasant lack of heterosexual interest. No boy (that I remember) gawks at any girl, even for an instant. There is no Girl of His Dreams for Tyler to pursue, nor a Girl Next Door Who Supported Him All Along for him to end up with.
However, there are no gay subtexts, either. Tyler appears to have no friends. There is no buddy-bonding, anywhere.
And the beefcake! This is a beach. These are lifeguards. Where are the muscular physiques?
Every guy on the beach, child, teenager, or adult, lifeguard, junior lifeguard, or civilian -- every guy -- wears a t-shirt and shorts. Even in crowd scenes.
Have you ever heard of a beach where no male chests on display? It's like the 1930s, when taking off your shirt in public would get you a citation for public indecency.
The lack of girl craziness is nice, but sometimes you need a little more than that.
My grade: D.
May 15, 2019
Meanwhile, many LGBT people were racial minorities, drag queens or transwomen, sick, poor, eking out a living through sex work and petty theft, rejected by their birth families, rejected even by other LGBT people. They had nothing but each other.
So they lived together in "houses" under the care of a "mother," and when the lights went down, they vogued.
Look around, everywhere you turn is heartache
It's everywhere that you go
You try everything you can to escape
The pain of life that you know
I know a place where you can get away
It's called a dance floor, and here's what it's for, so
Come on, vogue
Real house members act as series consultants and take small roles, so the series has an air of authenticity. The nostalgic 1980s soundtrack helps: "Heartbeat," "In My House," "On the Radio," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "It's Raining Men," all of those old songs that we heard constantly at the bars but have since forgotten.
Feuds between houses occupy a substantial part of the plot, but there are also stories about conflicts with the outside world.
2. Angel Evangelista (Indya Moore) begins dating Stan (Evan Peters): white, married, middle-class, employed by the Trump organization (which was sleazy even back in 1987)
The cast consists mosly of transgender actresses, so one doesn't expect a lot of beefcake. But there are a few conventionally masculine physiques:
3. Angel Bismarck Curiel as drug-dealing house member Lil Papi.
4. Johnny Sibilly, Costas, the lover of ball m.c. Pray Tell (Billy Porter), who is dying of AIDS.
5. James Van Der Beek as Matt Bromley, Stan's completely odious boss.
But aren't muscles themselves a type of drag, a costume we wear to hide who we really are?
My grade: A+.
May 13, 2019
"Change of plans," the bus driver announces."Rock slide, road closed, you're back home."
They get out. The buses drive off. There is no one to pick them up, so they walk home. But home is deserted. The whole town is deserted. Cell phones won't call out; there's no tv or internet; no way to communicate with the outside world. Eventually they discover that there is no outside world, just a wilderness (no predators though, just wild turkeys). They are alone.
Once they realize that they will not be rescued soon, the castaways rename their town New Ham and set up The Society.
Most episodes are about the growing pains of the colony, with checks and balances, crime and punishment, and various power struggles, along with standard survival problems and a lot of high school "who's hooking up with who?." More Lord of the Flies meets The O.C., not so much Lost.
Sidebar: How much survival do they need in a fully-equipped town? Surely there's enough frozen and canned food to last for years.
And why do they wait six months to explore beyond the town limits, to see if there are animals to hunt, streams to fish in, fruit trees, amber waves of grain?
I would definitely prefer more Lost. Ordinary survival problems are not particularly interesting without zombies to fight. And the cast is very large, with nothing particularly distinctive (they're all Golden Boys and It-Girls), so it's often hard to determine who is allied with, romantically interested in, or feuding with whom. I needed several articles to pull them together.
1. The Student Council. Cassandra (Rachel Keller), former student body president, becomes the first leader of the colony. She is eventually murdered.
Casandra's sister Allie (Kathryn Pressman) becomes the primaryleader, but not without opposition. Her main allies are Cassandra and Will (Jacques Colimon, left), a poor foster-care kid, who dates her except for a brief fling.
His brainy sister Bean (Salena Quershi) wears a hijab, suggesting that they are both Muslim.
His allies include fellow rich bitch Lexi (Grace Victoria Cox); and Campbell (Toby Wallace, left), a gun-wielding psycho who is abusive toward his girlfriend Elle (Olivia de Jong). So she tries to poison him, and ends up poisoning half the town.
4. The Gay Kids. Campbell's younger brother Sam is deaf and gay, played by a deaf, non-gay actor (Sean Berdy, left). His main ally is Becca (Gideon Adlon); she becomes pregnant (not from him), and he vows to help her raise the first baby in the brave new world.
Later in the season he starts a romance with outdoorsman Grizz (Jack Mulhern).
5. The Jocks. Luke (Alex MacNeill), Jason (Emilio Garcia-Sanchez), and Clark (Spencer House) continue to wear their lettermen's jackets and sign on as the colony's police force. They have some gay subtexts, although .Luke is also dating the super-religious Helena (Natashia Liu Bordizzo), who won't have sex with him.
Got all that? It's really not worth the trouble. Especially when the gay guys get only two kissing scenes, and the beefcake is minimal. We're a long way from Riverdale.
And when the mystery is eked out in a few throwaway scenes, as if the writers forgot about it until the last minute and said "We should throw in a clue or something."
Hint #1: The stars are a little off, like they would be in the distant past.
Hint #2: A mysterious Pfeiffer demanded $1,000,000 to remove the smell, and later was the bus driver who took the children (the Pied Piper?)
Hint #3: About that rockslide....
May 12, 2019
When I was a junior in college, I took courses in "The Modern British Novel", "The American Renaissance," and "Modern American Literature," plus German, French, and Spanish Literature. And I forever afterwards restricted my literature consumption to the pre-modern (I should have known from my freshman-year class in Fiction Writing). The professor of the Amer Lit class chose the texts that most jubilantly proclaimed the absence of gay people from the world.
1. John Updike, "A and P." A teenage boy is working in small-town supermarket: “In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits.” He goes on to describe their bodies in detail. Why do men never walk in with their shirts off?
2. Alan Dugan, "Tribute to Kafka for Someone Taken." He is at a party, when the police arrive. “I take one last drink,” he writes, “A last puff on a cigarette, a last kiss at a girl. . . .” Why is there never a last kiss at a boy?
3. Carl Sandburg, "Stars, Songs, Faces": "Gather the faces of women" through our lives, and then, as we prepare to die, “Loosen your hands, let go and say goodbye.” Why are men's faces not worth gathering, or letting go?
Not much. Carl Sandburg evokes "the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of youth, half-naked, sweating," but his world is overwhelmingly that of “slender supple girls with shapely legs."
Men are described only in their connection to women: the Shovel-Man, who dreamed of by “a dark-eyed woman in the old country,” or Jack, who “married a tough woman and they had eight children,” or a Polish boy, “out with his best girl” on a Saturday night. Men only and always long for women.
There is a drag queen in "A Bar in Charlotte Amelie," but he is a lonely, pathetic creature, and he never expresses any same-sex interest.
Um...so that means Tothero isn't gay?
Alan Dugan was “the poet of masturbation,” endlessly describing his straight desires and exploits, with no mention of men except for barroom cronies.
His “Night Song for a Boy” is not about a boy, but about his depression over his failure to get enough women.
In old age, Dugan has a homoerotic dream about a dead friend, but in perhaps the most homophobic line in any poem since Catullus, he is horrified at the thought that his dream self might be “an impotent homosexual necrophiliac,” and longs for the “right” sort of dreams, dreams about women, again.
Every selection on the syllabus of that long-ago class came from an author who obsessed over heterosexual passion and erased nearly every trace of same-sex love from the world. Their descriptions of men are bare and lifeless, as if too trivial to mention amid the endless paragraphs devoted to girls’ legs.
There were gay writers in mid-20th century America to choose from: Truman Capote, John Cheever, Robert Duncan, Thom Gunn, Allen Ginsburg, Amiri Baraka, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal. But I never heard of any of them in Modern American Literature class.
See also: Carl Sandburg's Two Gay References