(Note: A link to a 2005 essay on The Advocate’s website by George Michael appears at the end of this post.) The Advocate, an LGBT publication founded in 1967, has never achieved mainstream popularity. However, occasionally it has had features that appeal to people who don’t fit the magazine’s readership profile. I remember buying The Advocate in 1979, when I was first coming out as bisexual. At the time, I thought maybe I was gay, but more recent history has proven otherwise. Still bi. When I was coming out, The Advocate was printed on newsprint — the correct name for the paper used … Continue reading The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed
IF A SO-CALLED PROSPECTIVE SUITOR REFUSES TO TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER, THAT PERSON DEMONSTRATES THAT YOU WERE RIGHT TO SAY NO IN THE FIRST PLACE. — HELEN CHRISTIE Continue reading Yes, It’s Harassment
I CAN HOLD A NOTE AS LONG AS CHASE NATIONAL BANK. — ETHEL MERMAN Continue reading Ethel Merman’s Wit
(Note: This blog post underwent small revisions on January 11, March 22, and June 14, 2019.) I can’t believe it. I spent a year researching George Michael’s work to write an essay, and missed this. It isn’t his only advert, either, but it’s the one people respect as his better work. The commercial aired on the American Music Awards, broadcast in January 1989. That was at about the time the popularity of the Faith album ran its course and GM was slowing the promotion of his music in the U.S., although he won two awards during the ceremony. This video promotes … Continue reading The George Michael Video You May Not Remember
WE’LL NEVER KNOW HOW MANY DEBATES ON MATURITY END WITH THE DEBATERS CALLING EACH OTHER DISPARAGING NAMES AND THROWING OBJECTS. Continue reading Just a Thought
Please take a look at the opinion piece posted online today by the New York Times Editorial Board. I don’t know whether it’s in the print edition. A link appears below. The current federal shutdown is affecting individuals who must rely on the system being open for business. Some people are working while their paychecks are delayed, and others are furloughed. Not every person who is affected is a government employee. Some are contractors, and others are members of the general public who need services on the federal level. Many are merchants and restaurant operators who rely on transactions with government workers. … Continue reading The N.Y. Times Editorial Board Doesn’t Like Trump’s Shutdown. Neither do Most People.
THERE IS NOTHING SO STRANGE AND SO UNBELIEVABLE THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN SAID BY ONE PHILOSOPHER OR ANOTHER. — RENE DESCARTES Continue reading Rene Descartes on Weirdness
HERE’S MY GOLDEN RULE FOR A TARNISHED AGE: BE FAIR WITH OTHERS, BUT KEEP AFTER THEM UNTIL THEY’RE FAIR WITH YOU. — ALAN ALDA Continue reading Alan Alda on Fairness