My partner just left for his book club (I told you we were gay geeks, didn’t I?) and I should be writing but I just decided that now would be a good time to catch up on blog feeds. This is a bad idea. Clicking through blog feeds when I should be writing leads me to a momentary short attention span that makes it impossible to focus, outside of clicking the space bar ad infinitum (or ad nauseum?).
I finished reading Under the Dome yesterday, and loved it despite its flaws. You would think that finishing an incredibly long book would make me want to read a short book, but now I find myself considering reading The Stand. I’ve read about half of the book before (but got distracted from it when a new Neil Gaiman book came out), but I realized yesterday that it’s been five years since I read that half (holy shit, where did time go?) so I should probably start from the beginning again. Stephen King is one of those writers that I find myself getting obsessed with. Not crazy obsessed, like stalker-y obsessed, just focused on. This is part of my inherent geekiness: I obsess over the things I love. The box of dozens upon dozens of Star Wars novels currently boxed up at my mother’s house is a grand example of this. When I love something I really love it and I consume a ton of it.
Artist Ryan Kelly did a great pinup illustration of Morrissey that I thought you guys would appreciate. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone on a Smith’s jag, but I do really adore Strangeways, Here We Come:
Have you stopped by The Summer Diary Project, lately? Mr. Mecca constantly curates some of the sexiest pictures on the net. Two that I caught today both had similar quality, in that they immediately created stories in my head when I saw them. The first photo is by Andy Houghton, who I’ve written about before.
Edited to note: A reader wrote to tell me that the following photograph was taken by Eli Hue. You can see more from the series, starring ex-footballer Chris Lawrence, at Queerty.
I can’t credit the second photo, because I don’t know who took it. If anyone knows, please let me know in a comment, or e-mail me.* (Crediting is one of the great flaws of Tumblr blogs, and I don’t know if it’s just inherent in the framework or the people who use it. There’s often a trail of other Tumblr blogs where the image came from but they often lead to dead ends when it comes to actually crediting the work. It’s like the very worst of blogging: giving credit to people who talk about art, instead of the artists. I do my best to credit everything that I post and I always struggle with posting something I can’t credit.) Still, the image ignited my imagination.
Both images invoked some sexy post-apocalyptic stories, so hopefully you’ll see those in the future.
Jónsi of Sigur Rós released his first solo album this week, and you can stream the entire thing on the website, or (conveniently) here:
I’ve always enjoyed Sigur Rós’s music, so I’m looking forward to this, as well. I especially love the second song, Animal Arithmetic.