Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Street Lines

Happy Birthday, Glen

Today is the birthday of my good friend, Glen,
who posed for me back in 2000.
He still looks great.

From the vaults: Reg

My good friend, Reg, posed for me back in 2003.
He's still a great friend, and still looks great.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hard Block

Seattle DJs Almond Brown and Mike Sniffen, along with special guest Alyson Calagna, had The Cuff spinning, jumping, grinding--and a lot of kissing. Thanks to everyone who made it such a danceable, enjoyable--and photographable--evening.

More of my photos of the event here.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Throwback Thursday

On this day, 63 years ago, a man named Stan Henry was born in Angola, Indiana. I would meet him in the fall of 1989, when Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Seattle produced our plays together as "Voices from the Fringe" when I was still living in Idaho. That pairing began of one of the most rewarding, challenging, enlightening, and impactful friendships of my life. He was a mentor of sorts before I even moved to Seattle. In 1993 he wrote me a poem, commanding me to break out of Idaho. I obeyed. I still have the poem, framed. 

He later wrote under the pen name "Staszek." His first book, Three-Hand Jax and Other Spells, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Achievement Award in the Small Press Book category, losing out to a collection titled, The New Fuck You, which gave Stan and me many fits of giggles. "Jax" sold well enough for a second printing, and I still encounter the book in used bookstores. Just last summer I found a copy of the book at Powell's in Portland. If you can find the book, I highly recommend it. It includes the play, "somebody... please" which was produced along with my play "Substance of Things Hoped For" in 1989. 
In 1997, he self-published a short, second book, Wind of Knives, which I designed the cover for. It was one of the most challenging books I ever read; not for everyone. It did not sell well. When I met him, he had been working for years on a novel, Enkidu, a queer (in the broadest sense of the word) modern re-telling of the Gilgamesh story. Stan gave--no, make that performed--a mesmerizing reading of the first portion of the book. 

He also worked on another novel, Queen of Control, of which I have an unfinished manuscript copy. Neither of these novels was published. 

Stan Henry took his own life in November 2003.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Going Blue

The inimitable Robbie Turner at the Seattle Hard Rock Cafe.

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Half-Life of the Party

February 25

March 3

March 12

March 24

May 31

July 1

September 17

September 29

On February 25 of this year, at the corner of 10th Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle, I looked up and noticed a tangle of party balloons and streamers caught in a wire above the street. So I snapped a photo. Every few weeks or so, I'd snap another, then another.

And it's still there.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What Is Needed

 Bored during A DAY WITHOUT FACEBOOK, I was goofing off and created the first graphic. That got me thinking...