Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lee Radziwill, 'Grey Gardens,' and 'That Summer,' Where Is Michael Sam Now?; Cory Booker Challenges Trump Nominee For Her Comments About Decriminalizing Gay Sex; Altered Parts by Ryan Field

Lee Radziwill, 'Grey Gardens,' and 'That Summer'

Although she's never received all the credit she deserved, Lee Radziwill has held many important positions that have helped shape pop culture. From her work as a designer to her work in public relations, she's always been excellent at what she did.

One of the projects for which Lee rarely receives credit is how closely related she was to the Grey Gardens documentary about the reclusive mother and daughter living out in East Hampton, 'Big Edie' and 'Little Edie' Beale. Lee Radziwill is a Bouvier, and Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale was Lee's paternal aunt, and the daughter, Edie Bouvier Beale, was Lee's first cousin.

From what I've read, Lee started out with the intention of making a simple little documentary about her own life and her memories of East Hampton, and then the project turned into something completely different once they saw what was happening at Grey Gardens. I've also read that it was Lee Radziwill who actually spearheaded the project of cleaning up Grey Gardens.

There's so much more to the story that I can't get into with a short post right now. However, I wanted to mention the documentary, That Summer, which was actually filmed before the documentary, Grey Gardens. It views like a prologue to the Grey Gardens documentary, except Lee Radziwill is in this one, along with other pop culture icons like Peter Beard and Andy Warhol. I watched it the other night and it was fascinating, and in many ways more fascinating than the documentary Grey Gardens, because you get to see Lee interacting with her aunt and her cousin in a very human, caring way. You could see that Lee really cares about their situation, which is something that was always missing from the Grey Gardens documentary.

In any event, the documentary, That Summer, with Lee Radziwill, is definitely worth watching. Big Edie and Little Edie are both a huge part of it, the house is an enormous focus, and you get to see a few things that you didn't see in the Grey Gardens documentary. I'm glad they released this, and I'm thrilled that someone gave Lee Radziwill the credit she deserves for being such a huge part of all this. Its just excellent footage, and if you're interested in pop culture or pop culture history you will love this.

Here's a link to IMDb where you can read more about That Summer. We streamed it through Amazon, but I think you can watch it online, too.

Where Is Michael Sam Now?

I shared so much about Michael Sam at one point I lost count of the posts. He was the first openly gay NFL player, and he's inspired many gay men. He's pretty amazing.

The piece I'm linking to right now covers everything that's been going on with Sam in the last few years, including the motivational speaking he's been doing.

Revered for his unwavering courage, graciousness and fortitude, Michael inspires with his personal journey of triumph over intense adversity. Authentic and heartfelt on the stage, his candor empowers audiences to overcome their own impediments to self-truth, love and acceptance.

Here's a link to more. I still love everything he did in the past, and what he's doing now. 

Cory Booker Challenges Trump Nominee For Her Comments About Decriminalizing Gay Sex

These are usually stories you won't read in the mainstream news. That's not something new. We never did hear many LGBT stories in the mainstream...unless it was so sensational they couldn't pass it up. Thankfully, smaller news outlets are sharing stories like this online and it's making a huge difference for many people.

With that said, Cory Booker is usually one of the few people out there who is willing to even mention the topic of LGBTQ rights. 

Cory Booker has challenged a Trump judicial nominee over her previous comments attacking the decriminalisation of gay sex.

It's a good article, and Booker doesn't hold back.

Here's the link.  

Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.

There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.

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