Somehow, time has managed to continue on its merry way—welcome to August! Man, the summers go fast. We’ve got some great drops this week, as the last comics of July are Avengers 33, Hawkeye 19 (finally!),and New Avengers 21!
The Internet has been abuzz this week following the release of the full trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. Kinky and vanilla watchers alike are on the edge of their seats wondering if E. L. James’ erotic magnum opus will be translated effectively to the big screen.
Of course, there are many factors to consider when adapting a widely read (if not widely acclaimed) novel: the casting, the score, condensing the story to two hours’ worth of visual satisfaction in a completely new medium. While many fans of the 50 Shadestrilogy may be clamoring for accuracy in the adaptation, I have a different consideration in mind. What I want from the 50 Shades of Grey movie is not accuracy, but just the opposite. A movie that diverged from its source material in a variety of ways would be a better film than one that follows faithfully from the book.
Monday was the start of an adventure. It was the first day of a three week intensive introduction to Biblical Greek.
I go to a small seminary. My classes are small compared to other schools. Greek is special because there are three students; two Presbyterians (PCUSA) and one United Church of Christ student. You read that right, there is a UCC student taking Greek.
I have heard all sorts of reasons as to why I should not be in Greek, but I think my favorite thus far has been, “But you’re UCC and we don’t do that.” The statement is fairly true. I am in the UCC and Greek is not a requirement for ordination nor is Hebrew (I’m just waiting for the day when an M.Div is no longer a requirement for Ordination).
Schooled Larry King.
"non-practicing bisexual" christ on a bike
Ugh, but ANNA… If you don’t practice, you won’t pass your annual test and you’ll lose your bisexual card!
So, while a lot of us are still kind of in a not-exactly-but-exactly traumatic state at the continued absence of Carlos in Night Vale—which, maybe that will change on Friday?—I was thinking about the beginnings of Carlos in Night Vale and Carlos and Cecil’s relationship over the course of Welcome to Night Vale thus far.
Really, it’s just an excuse to talk about perfect Carlos and his perfect hair.
One of the most interesting—and creepy, Cecil definitely has his Creeper Merit Badge next to his Subversive Radio Host Badge—about Carlos and Cecil’s relationship is how we’ve seen it grow.
That, in the pilot, Cecil begins with distrust that quickly elevates to adoration as “[Carlos] grinned and everything about him was perfect, and I feel in love instantly.”
I hope every person who is remotely interested in BDSM is aware of how horrible the Fifty Shades of Grey books are. With the recent release of the movie trailer, I thought it was time for me to address a few things about hype that surrounds such a problematic work of fiction. There isn’t much I can add about how flawed the representation of BDSM is in Fifty Shades – many, many people have written about that since the books were first released. If you’re not familiar with the various problems of the story, this Tumblr does a pretty fantastic job of gathering different critiques of the books. However, while the analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey is hugely important, we as a community need to do a better job of reacting.
I’m about to type a really weird sentence. Here we go:
True Blood has been on the air since 2008.
Weird, right? In all seriousness, if we’re going to talk about True Blood, we have to talk about why we’re still talking about True Blood. Actually, we should probably be talking about why we’re still watching True Blood.
In defense of myself, and all the other fans out there hanging on for One Last Season, there was actually a time way back when True Blood was legitimately part of the gay media zeitgeist.
Common’s first release in three years, and the first to be produced under the auspices of longtime collaborator No I.D.‘s ARTium records, is an uncompromising, hard-edged mix of observation and autobiography.
Nobody’s Smiling draws its inspiration from the terrible waves of violence that have struck Common’s home town of Chicago over the past 18 months, and he has recruited up-and-coming Chicago artists such as Lil Herb, and female emcee Dreezy to give the album a very place-specific vibe.