Friday, February 28, 2014

CRAIG'S FRIDAY FIVE 2.28.14

My five fave finds & re-discoveries of the week. 
(In no particular order)


1) Neneh Cherry - The Blank Project

Neneh Cherry has exemplified cool for me since 1989. Long before @badgalriri, Neneh was the queen of giving no fux. She was a style trailblazer (and part of the influential Buffalo movement), and she was also one of the first to expose the musical talents of Massive Attack, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, and the Notorious B.I.G., who appeared on the remix to her 1992 single "Buddy X."  

The Blank Project, her first solo album in 18 years, shows that she hasn't lost her ear for cutting edge sounds. Produced by Four Tet, the album comes off like a female answer to Yeezus in its mix of raw introspection and electro minimalism. At times, it feels almost primal--just a woman speaking her truth over a drum. 


2) The pop culture mash-ups of "drawerer" Justin Hager

Friday, February 21, 2014

CRAIG'S FRIDAY FIVE 2.21.14

My fave finds of the week.


1) "Looking for the Future"

The fifth episode of HBO's "Looking" is unparalleled in the way it examines the intricacies of how two gay men connect. Here are three of the fifty-zillion things that went through my mind after watching the show:

* Writer/director Andrew Haigh, who also did the indie film Weekend, is poetic in the way he excavates and exposes gay shame

* Intimacy is both a partnered dance and a fierce battle with your own insecurities and fears

* This excerpt from Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P: "Dating is probably the most fraught human interaction there is. You're sizing people up to see if they're worth your time and attention, and they're doing the same to you. We submit ourselves to these intimate inspections and simultaneously inflict them on others and try to keep our psyches intact--to keep from becoming cold and callous..."



2) This 13 second video of model Bo Develius by photographer Michael Furlonger

Because duh. See more of him in motion here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

CRAIG'S FRIDAY FIVE 2.14.14

My five fave finds of the week.


1) Armistead Maupin's The Days of Anna Madrigal

Just finished the latest from Armistead Maupin and I loved every bit of it. I'm one of those people who like Maupin's later stuff even better than the original Tales of the City series. (My fave Maupin novel is The Night Listener, partly because it features a spot-on description of the emotional toll of writing when the main character talks about "the grueling self-scrutiny that fiction demands.")

The Days of Anna Madrigal has all of Maupin's signature charms, including his keen critiques of contemporary culture. (At one point, 92-year-old Mrs. Madrigal has her first sip of Kombucha. She remarks: "I'm afraid that's a taste I won't have sufficient time to acquire.") 

My favorite part of the book involves a backstory love affair. In these chapters, Maupin gets especially poetic, writing about red and green lights that "were blinking like lost pieces of Christmas" and a hand that "landed on his shoulder, firm as an accusation, warm as a caress." 


2) The collages of Ian David Baker

I was familiar with Baker's photographs, especially the iconic Alex at the Kensington Pool Hall, 1984. But I'd never seen his collages, which feel like romantic dreams.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

CRAIG'S FRIDAY FIVE: 2.7.14

My five fave finds of the week culled from the worlds of music, design, art, photography, video, and cute guys.


1) Beyoncé's Black History Lessons

I love the Black History facts that B has been posting on her website. She's choosing cool people like gay Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin and the woman who designed Jackie O's wedding dress Ann Lowe. Added bonus: Yoncé renders their names in her flawless font.


2) The hip-hop art of 7-year-old Yung Lenox

I've already ordered a print of the O.D.B. cover. I guess Ol' Dirty was prophetic when he stormed the Grammy stage in '98 and said "Wu-Tang is for the children."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

CRAIG'S FRIDAY FIVE: 1.31.14

My fave finds of the week culled from the worlds of music, design, photography, video, and cute guys.

1) The Beyoncé alphabet. Just B-cause.


2) This vine, which sums up how so many of my nights end.