We started watching the new Ryan Murphy series on Netflix called Hollywood and it's not bad. There's nothing spectacularly wonderful about it, and there's nothing terribly bad about it. And we are liking it. It's light, it's colorful, and it's campy.
I noticed a few things weren't historically correct, but I don't think it was meant to be an accurate source for historic details. And then there are other scenes that get into racism and homophobia in 1940s Hollywood, but nothing we don't already know.
So I'm linking to a cyber interview right now with David Corenswet, Dylan McDermott, and Pati Lupone.
We scored time with series stars Corenswet, McDermott and LuPone to chat about their characters, the show, and sex in the Golden Age. Hollywood lands on Netflix May 1.
Here's a link, and you can see the interview.
Archbishop Writes Letter About Fired Gay Teacher
I just posted about a gay teacher who was recently fired from a Catholic school and how the students all openly supported and praised this gay teacher. They couldn't say enough wonderful things about him.
It was a Catholic school, of course, that discriminated and judged this gay teacher, and the archbishop recently wrote a letter of explanation. And this letter is one of the MOST insulting, homophobic, hypocritical things I've read in a long time. It's especially insulting because I knew two high ranking closeted gay Catholic priests in a long term gay relationship who were living double lives for many years. One was a bishop and the other a monsignor. And they got away with that because they never lived an honest day in their lives, and as far as I know they are still living that way today. I lost touch with them.
With that said, here's part of what this archbishop said. It's revolting.
“Behaviors that are not regrettable mistakes but are rather confirmed life choices contrary to Catholic teaching cannot be offered to young people as a witness to the faith, no matter the many other outstanding attributes a person may possess,” he wrote. “Sometimes, personal decisions mean that an individual and an organization are simply no longer compatible — nothing more, nothing less.”
What a stupid thing to say. Aside from being horrible, it's really just plain stupid.
You can read it all, here.
"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."
What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. 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."
While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.