Thursday, September 25, 2014
In the process of trying to clear some things out of my life, I’m selling a bunch of silly little paintings for very very cheap. Snatch them up before someone else does. I’ve also slashed the prices of most of my prints in the store, because screw it, everything must go.
http://dialmformichele.etsy.com/

In the process of trying to clear some things out of my life, I’m selling a bunch of silly little paintings for very very cheap. Snatch them up before someone else does. I’ve also slashed the prices of most of my prints in the store, because screw it, everything must go.

http://dialmformichele.etsy.com/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
queersinhistory:

LABI SIFFRE 1945–
British singer-songwriter, poet, and activist. He released a number of albums in the 70s, and had his first hit in 1971 with “It Must Be Love,” which charted even higher when it was later covered by Madness. In 1985, after a hiatus from music, he released his most successful single “(Something Inside) So Strong” in response to Apartheid and inspired by his experiences as a gay man. His song “I Got The…” provided the rhythm for Eminem’s 1999 hit “My Name Is,” although Siffre first refused Dr. Dre the sample until lyrics attacking women and gay people had been removed—what Siffre called “lazy songwriting.” (Later versions of the song reinstated the lyrics in question anyway.) More recently, Siffre’s “My Song” was sampled on Kanye West’s track “I Wonder.” Siffre has been openly gay throughout his career, and has never shied from addressing racism and homophobia in his work.

queersinhistory:

LABI SIFFRE 1945–

British singer-songwriter, poet, and activist. He released a number of albums in the 70s, and had his first hit in 1971 with “It Must Be Love,” which charted even higher when it was later covered by Madness. In 1985, after a hiatus from music, he released his most successful single “(Something Inside) So Strong” in response to Apartheid and inspired by his experiences as a gay man. His song “I Got The…” provided the rhythm for Eminem’s 1999 hit “My Name Is,” although Siffre first refused Dr. Dre the sample until lyrics attacking women and gay people had been removed—what Siffre called “lazy songwriting.” (Later versions of the song reinstated the lyrics in question anyway.) More recently, Siffre’s “My Song” was sampled on Kanye West’s track “I Wonder.” Siffre has been openly gay throughout his career, and has never shied from addressing racism and homophobia in his work.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
queersinhistory:

LEONARD BERNSTEIN 1918–1990
American composer and conductor, known for his years as music director of the New York Philharmonic, and for his works ranging from classical compositions to musical theater, most notably the music from West Side Story. Born to Jewish immigrant parents, he fell in love with music at a young age, and eventually studied it at Harvard. He was thrust into the spotlight in 1943 when he replaced a suddenly ill conductor for a nationally broadcast concert. From that springboard, he enjoyed a long and successful career, conducting symphonies around the world and composing his own works. He also hosted a series of televised lectures which popularized classical music throughout American homes. Though he had a number of affairs with men, Bernstein was happily married for 25 years. This changed in 1976 when he decided to live openly with his boyfriend, then returned to his wife a year later when she became ill. He wasn’t open about his sexuality until later in life, but Bernstein was often open about his liberal views, which included being anti-war, pro-Black Panther Party, and pro-rock and roll.

queersinhistory:

LEONARD BERNSTEIN 1918–1990

American composer and conductor, known for his years as music director of the New York Philharmonic, and for his works ranging from classical compositions to musical theater, most notably the music from West Side Story. Born to Jewish immigrant parents, he fell in love with music at a young age, and eventually studied it at Harvard. He was thrust into the spotlight in 1943 when he replaced a suddenly ill conductor for a nationally broadcast concert. From that springboard, he enjoyed a long and successful career, conducting symphonies around the world and composing his own works. He also hosted a series of televised lectures which popularized classical music throughout American homes. Though he had a number of affairs with men, Bernstein was happily married for 25 years. This changed in 1976 when he decided to live openly with his boyfriend, then returned to his wife a year later when she became ill. He wasn’t open about his sexuality until later in life, but Bernstein was often open about his liberal views, which included being anti-war, pro-Black Panther Party, and pro-rock and roll.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
You know that feeling when you get sucked into an internet vortex of one link leading into another leading into the comment section populated by misinformed probably-thirteen-year-olds, only to snap out of it two hours later despairing of humanity and also hungry?

You know that feeling when you get sucked into an internet vortex of one link leading into another leading into the comment section populated by misinformed probably-thirteen-year-olds, only to snap out of it two hours later despairing of humanity and also hungry?

Monday, September 15, 2014
I only just recently started listening to Welcome To Night Vale, and very immediately got super hooked. So I made some art.

I only just recently started listening to Welcome To Night Vale, and very immediately got super hooked. So I made some art.

Friday, September 12, 2014
My friend Jordan Jeffries will be at SPX this weekend, selling comic-reviews of every movie he saw in 2013, among other wonderful things. This is a little something I contributed to it. I’m raising my fists right now, ready to fight you over my objectively correct opinions.

My friend Jordan Jeffries will be at SPX this weekend, selling comic-reviews of every movie he saw in 2013, among other wonderful things. This is a little something I contributed to it. I’m raising my fists right now, ready to fight you over my objectively correct opinions.

Sunday, September 7, 2014
queersinhistory:

KENNETH ANGER 1927—
Influential experimental filmmaker, author, and occultist. He started making movies at age 10, and by age 20 he gained recognition and notoriety for his 1947 homoerotic short film Fireworks. The film—which includes imagery of violent sailors, a lit firecracker sparking out of a man’s pants, Anger himself being doused in a white liquid, and a burning Christmas tree—led to Anger’s arrest and acquittal on obscenity charges. It also led to a lifelong friendship with Alfred Kinsey. In addition to overt homosexual themes, his oeuvre of short films are often surreal, infused with symbolism inspired by the occultist Aleister Crowley, and set to pop music soundtracks that predicted the emergence of the music video. He found success as an author with his 1959 book Hollywood Babylon, published in 1975, which was a scandalous collection of celebrity gossip. Celebrities with whom Anger himself collaborated include Anaïs Nin, Tennessee Williams, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, and Marianne Faithfull. Today, directors as diverse as David Lynch, John Waters, and Martin Scorsese list him as an important influence.

queersinhistory:

KENNETH ANGER 1927

Influential experimental filmmaker, author, and occultist. He started making movies at age 10, and by age 20 he gained recognition and notoriety for his 1947 homoerotic short film Fireworks. The film—which includes imagery of violent sailors, a lit firecracker sparking out of a man’s pants, Anger himself being doused in a white liquid, and a burning Christmas tree—led to Anger’s arrest and acquittal on obscenity charges. It also led to a lifelong friendship with Alfred Kinsey. In addition to overt homosexual themes, his oeuvre of short films are often surreal, infused with symbolism inspired by the occultist Aleister Crowley, and set to pop music soundtracks that predicted the emergence of the music video. He found success as an author with his 1959 book Hollywood Babylon, published in 1975, which was a scandalous collection of celebrity gossip. Celebrities with whom Anger himself collaborated include Anaïs Nin, Tennessee Williams, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, and Marianne Faithfull. Today, directors as diverse as David Lynch, John Waters, and Martin Scorsese list him as an important influence.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Just a reminder that this is the album cover I designed for my band’s new EP that is all about Gilmore Girls and is totally free to download.
Hollow Stars: A Tribute to Rory’s Heart by Bitmap Bombardier

Just a reminder that this is the album cover I designed for my band’s new EP that is all about Gilmore Girls and is totally free to download.

Hollow Stars: A Tribute to Rory’s Heart by Bitmap Bombardier

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
queersinhistory:

GEORGE TAKEI 1937–
Actor, human rights activist, and internet celebrity, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series and subsequent films. Some of his earliest memories are of the internment camp where he was forced to live with his family from ages four to eight. The otherness he felt as a Japanese-American was only compounded when he realized he was also gay. After some success in acting, he was contacted by Gene Roddenberry, who cast him as the helmsman Lieutenant Sulu on the USS Enterprise. Star Trek went on to become a cult phenomenon, with Takei making frequent appearances at Star Trek conventions around the world. Beyond acting, Takei was a member of the board responsible for the Los Angeles subway system, and a founder of the Japanese American National Museum. He came out publicly in 2005, in response to governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of same-sex marriage, and has been an outspoken and celebrated gay rights activist ever since. He and his partner, Brad Altman, were married in 2008 after having been together for 21 years.

queersinhistory:

GEORGE TAKEI 1937–

Actor, human rights activist, and internet celebrity, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series and subsequent films. Some of his earliest memories are of the internment camp where he was forced to live with his family from ages four to eight. The otherness he felt as a Japanese-American was only compounded when he realized he was also gay. After some success in acting, he was contacted by Gene Roddenberry, who cast him as the helmsman Lieutenant Sulu on the USS Enterprise. Star Trek went on to become a cult phenomenon, with Takei making frequent appearances at Star Trek conventions around the world. Beyond acting, Takei was a member of the board responsible for the Los Angeles subway system, and a founder of the Japanese American National Museum. He came out publicly in 2005, in response to governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of same-sex marriage, and has been an outspoken and celebrated gay rights activist ever since. He and his partner, Brad Altman, were married in 2008 after having been together for 21 years.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014