Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Library Without Books; Matt Bomer on American Horror; Justin Theroux's Bulge; Hugh Howey's Shitty Basket; Giovanni's Room; Michael Sam Sacks Johnny Football;

Library Without Books

This past Sunday night Tony and I had dinner with two older gay couples, all of whom worked as professors in colleges. The topic turned to e-books at one point, and as usual, with this topic, I just kept my mouth shut and listened. I've learned to do that when I'm with people who don't really know what they're talking about. All of these former professors claimed that e-books were a passing trend and nothing could ever replace the print book. And I think this next article to which I'm linking about a Florida college that just opened a library with ONLY e-books validates the point that e-books are not going to disappear.

A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University's striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

"It's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university's director of libraries.

It's also interesting to note that they consider this a bold move...when many of us have been reading nothing but digital content for years now. But more than that, the article treats e-books as if they aren't really books by claiming this is a library without books. Last I heard, e-books are just as much books as any print book.

You can read more here.


Matt Bomer on American Horror

I think I've already admitted I'm a huge fan of American Horror Story, and now the newest season where they'll be concentrating on carny people titled, Freak show, will be even more enticing because Matt Bomer will be in it. Producer, Ryan Murphy, practically begged Bomer to do this.

 'I try to get him to do everything for me,' Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly.

 'I sent him a text that said, ‘First right of refusal, here’s the role.’ Murphy, also the creator of Glee, has not revealed details of the role except to say:

'It’s very…warped.'

It goes on to mention that Bomer will be in at least one episode. I want to know why Ryan Murphy isn't begging Trevor Donovan to be in his TV shows, too. Donovan's not gay, but he's been a huge friend to the LGBTI community, he's excellent at whatever he does, and he certainly would draw a few good ratings. But I digress.

You can read more about that here.

Justin Theroux's Bulge

I will be the first to admit that I only started watching Leftovers because of the first few scenes with Justin Theroux. The man is gorgeous, every last fuzzy inch of him, including his bulge. But I'm glad I did continue to watch because the complicated plot keeps drawing you in more and more each week. You don't always know where you are, or even where the story is going, but it all ties in eventually...for the most part. Best of all, you actually care about the characters. And...Amy Brenneman is in the show and I've always loved her.

In any event, Justin Theroux's bulge can't be ignored either. You don't see them like that every day on TV.

But there is one thing the show definitely has going for it. Its star, Justin Theroux.

And more specifically, his crotch.

In last night’s episode we got backstory on many of the main players, but with Justin it was more like frontstory.

Justin Theroux's part in this show is something I actually think m/m romance readers might enjoy. He's the classic hero, the occasional bad boy, and the vulnerable good guy who cries when he's faced with something ethical or moral. It really doesn't get much better on TV these days. He really does own this character.

You can read more here, where they've put together a few images of Justin you'll want to see.

Hugh Howey's Shitty Basket

Now for something far less interesting than Justin Theroux, this next link is about Hugh Howey, eggs, and shitty baskets. I'm still not sure who died and who named Hugh Howey the spokesperson of publishing, but he certainly writes blog posts as if that's who he is. I guess he doesn't think there have been people around a long time before he came along. But you can't blame a guy for being overly aggressive I guess, especially in this post titled, No More Shitty Baskets.

I'm not going to bother commenting on this link because I think it's all pretty moot. The conclusions aren't all that dramatic either. However, I do know that a lot of people who will be reading this might find it interesting. Especially those who are still thinking about self-publishing. Howey is a good example in that department...I think.

I just wish he'd lighten up on the metaphors and similes already.

I have no problem going all-in if a company is making decisions that I believe in and support. I can move my eggs with the press of a button. These calculations are vastly different when you own the rights to your eggs, and those eggs are digital.

After reading this one I had this weird craving for an Egg McMuffin. Here's where you can read all this in full.

Giovanni's Room

Remember when I posted about the oldest LGBTI book store in the US, Giovanni's Room, in Philadelphia shuttering its doors last May because sales for print books have been down for a while? Well there's been a recent announcement that the old space where the book store was will open as a thrift shop that will sell books, and all proceeds will go to raising money for AIDS.

Now, the nearly 9-year-old establishment will be preserving something much more significant - Giovanni's Room, the iconic touchstone of the LGBT community and the country's oldest LGBT bookstore. The organization has signed a two-year lease with the former Giovanni's Room owner to open Philly AIDS Thrift store at Giovanni's Room.

The store will have a soft opening in late September and open officially Oct. 10, in time for OutFest and National Coming Out Day. The iconic "Giovanni's Room" signage will remain, the new leasers said.

"What can be more precious than Giovanni's Room? What better thing to try and keep alive?" asked Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, co-founder of the Philly AIDS Thrift and manager of the Queen Village store. She added that it was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

I couldn't be happier to hear this. Actually, for the first time ever, possibly, someone is trying to preserve a little fraction of LGBTI history and gay culture. We don't really see this happen anywhere, not even in pop culture. In the US if George Washington didn't sleep there it's not considered significant.

You can read more here. I'll post photos in the fall after it's opened.
 

Michael Sam Sacks Johnny Football

I'm not the biggest footfall fan, so I'm not even going to try to comment on this one. All I can say is that I don't think they're talking about anything dirty when they say Michael Sam "sacks" Johnny Football...whoever he may be. I'm gathering this is a football term...."sack." And, Michael Sam did it to him.

'If you're going to sack Johnny, you've got to do that once,' Sam said, as reported by ESPN.

The quarterback's nickname is 'Johnny Football.'

'He's a talented kid,'  Sam said to ESPN. 'He isn't called Johnny Football for nothing. It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game. I sacked him as both a junior and senior at Missouri.'

You can read more here. I just like reading about football players, especially when they're sacking each other.


 

The Sheriff and the Outlaw
 
by Ryan Field 
 
 

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