Monday, June 30, 2008

Signs of New York




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Thursday, June 26, 2008

A "Bare Assed, Neon-Lit Tour de Force"

Here's a review of my book in the Bay Area Reporter. I love it, but what's with being called a prostitute again? :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Spotlight" on J-Hud

In an effort to prove I'm not a narcissist as "Publishers' Weekly" claims, I'm writing this post that is not about me, although it is about my new favorite song. (Is that still narcissistic?) Whatever. At least, I'm not posting a video of me singing the song or something. Anyway, it's "Spotlight" by J-Hud, a woman who I've supported ever since she sang "Circle of Life" on "American Idol." (O.K., now I am kinda starting to sound like it's all about me.)

Check it out on itunes.

Here's the video. I like it and I think she looks great. But the Campari product placement is a bit over-the-top. And I LOVE Campari. (Straight up, on the rocks if you're wondering.) I understand that this reflects the economic realities of the music biz now, but given that her Sex and the City character was largely a mouthpiece for Bag, Borrow or Steal, I think J-Hud's in danger of losing her most valuable asset, her authenticity. At some point, I want to know what she's into, not just what folks are paying her to tout.

But, for now, this is a minor quibble. I love the song, and I'm also really feeling two of the remixes: Quentin Harris' "Dark Collage Club Mix" and Johnny Vicious' dub.



Oh, and here's "Circle of Life":

Monday, June 23, 2008

"Publisher's Weekly" Review

I don't know whether or not to be flattered or mildly offended:

All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay D.C.
Craig Seymour. Atria, $23 (256p) ISBN 9781416542056

If an account of one’s tour of duty as a stripper and sometimes prostitute in seedy downtown Washington, D.C. gay clubs could ever be called “breezy,” Seymour’s achieved it. Sure to please the hedonistic gay man in (almost) all of us, Seymour is frank and entirely explicit as he chronicles his journey from diligent Masters’ candidate (developing a thesis on gay strip clubs) to onstage talent working every night to make a living. Unafraid to bare it all, in person and in prose, Seymour details his brief foray into prostitution as well as the (very) personal stories of his fellow dancers. Seymour can dissemble, first pinning his stripping career on low self-esteem, but later admitting to some early success with more traditional dancing and acting; it becomes clear that the author is a bit of a narcissist, but a charming one. The last fifty pages, accounting for his subsequent work as a celebrity interviewer, are pure filler; when he sticks to the clubs, though, readers will feel they’re in the hands of an expert. (June)

Monday, June 16, 2008

YES, I'M WEARING PANTS!!!

Creative Inspiration: Diablo Cody



I know it's probably cliche´for one stripper-turned-writer to take such inspiration from another stripper-turned-writer. But I'm consistently impressed with stuff that Diablo Cody has to say, especially about the writing process.

Here's an excerpt from a new interview in BUST:

"We live in a day and age where you have the opportunity to put your writing out there every day. You don't have to worry about rejection letters, you don't have to worry about the man, you don't have to worry about publishers. Write a blog, make a 'zine, self-publish. We have the technology. There are so many people who will try to force try to force you to apologize at every turn. Do not do it. If anything, amplify the traits that chafe people--there is a reason that you are provoking a response."

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Recent Interviews

I've been lucky enough to be interviewed by some really cool people lately. The thing with an interview is that you often talk to someone for a long time and then it gets whittled down to a relatively short article. You never quite know what to expect. But I was really pleased in both of these cases:

1) The Washington Post q&a by Gabe Oppenheim.

Favorite quote o' mine: "I always wanted to be a writer, but taking the risk as a stripper allowed me to take risks in other parts of my life. . . . [but] I wouldn't put stripping on the curriculum for J-school. That was just part of my journey. That happened to be the thing I needed. The better solution perhaps is just to take chances all along the way."

2) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article by my former colleague Rich Eldredge.

Favorite quote 'o mine: “People don’t come a la carte. Like anyone, I’ve got good qualities and I’ve got annoying qualities. You’re either going to like me or you don’t. All I can do is be honest and tell my truth.”

I know my syntax is a little jacked up there. Jeez, maybe that's one of my annoying qualities. (And it's not like I have that many, O.K.)

Signage

Saw this sign in Attleboro, MA and it cracked me up.



And speaking of signs, remember when this was the sh*t:



Download it here: Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake - R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) - The Masterpiece - Signs

Creative Inspiration: An Antidote to Hater-ation

Hey - Anybody that tries to do something cool or important usually ends up with some haters. Here's a song I always play when the haters are getting me down. Hope it helps ya like it has helped me. - Craig