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Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove

Gosh, it was four years ago today that I met friends at Brandenburg Tor to remember the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

The above heart was given to me by somebody in the crowd during the gathering to wear – I’ve kept it ever since.

I don’t know why.

Maybe I do: […]

Whatchamacallit 83: Continental Divide

I just finished Continental Divide, the above book – I wish I could remember where I first learned about the book. It was an instant decision to read it: the book is set in Wyoming – why I wanted to read it – and is about a transgender Harvard freshman who finds himself in […]

Whatchamacallit 75: Project Spurv: Underwear

The above image was a present from dear friends who found it for sale at the Lesbian and Gay Street Festival in Berlin during the summer of 2018.

They bought it directly from the artist, who had a booth at the festival. I saw the booth a grabbed a postcard from the artist, which […]

Whatchamacallit 72: Cowboy Potholders

A few years ago one of my friends gave me these cowboy potholders as a (I believe) birthday present.

I love them – and they stay on my kitchen wall having never been used for their nominal intended use.

Instead they are beefcake I admire during pauses in cooking – a whimsical take on […]

Whatchamacallit 69: Larry Kramer – The Tragedy of Today’s Gays

I woke Thursday morning to the news that Larry Kramer died.

Thanks to other writers – namely Dan Savage, but others as well – I am well aware of Larry Kramer. But I only have one book by him, The Tragedy of Today’s Gays.

Which is, in many respects, a shame: Larry Kramer is […]

Whatchamacallit 61: Baking is gay

I realize that I am a difficult person to buy presents for – I have a quirky sense of humor that is hard to define and understand.

The above is a present that one person got right: my baking is gay tea-towel.

It’s utterly ridiculous, yet perfect.

Rather than actually using it, I’ve hung […]

Whatchamacallit 58: A Perfect Pair

This is one of my prized pornographic novels – “A Perfect Pair” by Sebastian Lamb.

I bought it in Portland, Oregon, at Counter Media, which, sadly, no longer exists. Counter Media was located quite close to Powell’s (still exists) and carried a wonderful variety of progress/queer/strange/new/used books.

The story in this novel is about […]

Whatchamacallit 37: Pasta.

Back in February, when I started to realize that Covid-19 might become incredibly serious, I decided to invest in food with a long shelf life.

Yes, like many other people, pasta.

Happily, six weeks into the crisis, I have not yet opened any single package of pasta – I have my original supply, including […]

Whatchamacallit 33: Check Please!

Back in December, I went to New York City for Christmas, meeting a friend there, seeing some shows, a concert, the city, and whatever else one does whilst one is in The City.

Along the way I stopped by the Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center (there’s a mouthful) – which is a liberal, […]

Whatchamacallit 21: Grindr

This piece of art could sit in two places – my bedroom or my kitchen.

I chose my kitchen.

This was a wonderful present from a dear friend, an amazing piece of fabric art capturing both my love of coffee (well in the past; I quit drinking coffee in November 2018 – save for […]