Thursday, June 25, 2009

Janet Jackson Talking About Michael

Missing Michael Jackson and all that he brought to the world...My heart goes out to the family. Keep thinking about the time I interviewed Janet Jackson in 2006 for a VIBE cover story.

Janet would light up and smile every time she talked about her brother, even though it was clear she was still burdened by his 2005 trial. One of her most interesting revelations was that Michael taught her about sex. Here are some excerpts:

Didn't you once walk in on your parents having sex when you were younger?
Yeah, but I didn't know what I was watching. I couldn't figure out what the hell it was. And the horrible thing about it was that I should have known about it way before then, because I was 11 or 12. But I had missed all my sex education classes.

So how did you find out what was going on?
My brother Mike and I were very close at that time, so he was the one who told me. Now don't forget, he's very young at this point too, so he's teaching me whatever it is he knows about it.

Can you imagine a situation where you'd have an in-depth sex talk with Michael now?
No. [Laughs] I think he'd be too embarrassed.

One of my favorite songs on the new album is "Enjoy." It reminds me of "Escapade"-era Janet.
This song was hard for me to sing. I recorded it the night before I was to go to Michael's ranch. That's when we were waiting for the jury to come back with a verdict. It was nerve-racking because he was on my mind a great deal. I cried in the studio while I was singing that song.

We mostly see you with your family when there's trouble.
They offer me love, comfort when I need it. I get beside myself when I'm with my family. I'm just beaming with joy.

Prayers go out to Janet and the whole family...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Shit Story (NSFW)

Here's an excerpt from my book, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C., taken from a reading at Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago.

And if you missed it, here's a video of me reading Chapter 1:

And here's a quick ALL I COULD BARE 101

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Current Obsession: EYES OF LAURA MARS

Eyes of Laura Mars is pretty bad overall but I love its use of Helmut Newton photos, vintage disco ("Let's All Chant"), and 70s NYC street scenes. It was originally a vehicle for Barbra Streisand but she felt the script was too kinky (hee hee). It was mostly panned by critics, but Pauline Kael--the woman who inspired me to pursue a career as a critic--wrote: "This New York-set thriller operates on mood and atmosphere and moves so fast, with such delicate changes of rhythm, that its excitement has a subterranean sexiness." (Don't cha just love her way with words.) And George Lucas was so impressed by a rough cut of the film that he hired director Irvin Kershner to helm The Empire Strikes Back.

This promotional featurette serves up the same mix of cool and campy as the movie itself. I love model Lisa Taylor--who, incidentally, is well-represented in the "Model as Muse" exhibition at the Met--calling fashion photography "chic news."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ALL I COULD BARE Paperback Jacket

Pre-order here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

NYC Trip

So I went to NYC last week and took some pix. First I went to The F Word party on Saturday. And, seriously, hasn't this acrobatic, Cirque-du-Soleil shit jumped-the-shark when it's being done in nightclubs. Hard for me to get a boner when I feel like someone is risking their life. (And I'm fully aware that some guys can only get a boner when someone is risking their life...)

Then I went to Splash's Thursday night Twink-fest, Campus: