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From The Vaults : Spectre Magazine, Issue Six

with Tina Root
[ vocalist : Switchblade Symphony, Tre Lux, Small Halo ]

a tear sheet from Spectre,
one of the underworld’s most exquisite publications

[ founded/produced by Jennifer Chen ]

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Switchblade Symphony, Clint Catalyst, Spectre magazine, goth, gothic

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Love You More Than Skeletor

Limp-Wristin’ and Hip-Twistin’ . . .

[ And Baby, That’s a Lot! ]

Cottonmouth Kisses Review — San Francisco Bay Guardian

May 30 — June 5, 2001

[ & the ketamine-paced process of archiving media continues . . . ]

Massive thanks to Cara Bruce
for one of the best reviews E V E R

It’s been almost a decade, though I appreciate you all the same…

xOxOx

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In Circulation: Two New Stories

&
nope, of clicky-links to URLs with disappearing ink I do not speak. Au contraire, I’m talkin’ bout publications— the tactile experience of fingertips brushing against pressed paper.  The tender crease of a spine. The stink of ink spiraling up one’s nostrillus maximus & connecting with receptors in the limbic area, stimulating electrochemical signals.

My favorite words come bearing risk of paper cuts


Vorsicht! Consider yourself hereby forewarned:
it seems I’m particularly fond of italics this fine day…

All/Same

Royal Proclamation Number One:
(a fanfare is appropriate)

The latest issue of the rad-ass, bad-ass literary journal Gertrude

is OUT—&
includes my short story “Sugar Rush”: a tribute to
C U L I N A R Y . P E R V E R Y

That’s right, baby—we’re gonna get baked, & then you get  C a k e d…

 


A H E M !
So anyway

[from the publishers]:

“To commemorate this milestone release [issue 15 of Gertrude],we put out a call for writing & visual art
that explores, celebrates or subverts queer stereotypes. ‘The Gay Issue’ represents the diversity & talent
of the LGBTQA community.”

¤ THE PARTICULARS ¤
80 perfect-bound pages of flamboyant wit, 19 verse-slingers serving noteworthy lit, &
seven shades of wickedawesome visual artistry on eight full-color inserts that
one prancy fagocytosist went way gay over, on the tip of the APA
that’d be numbers & statistics; thank.you.ever.so

featuring

Michelle Auerbach, David Brennan, Wayne Bund, Clint Catalyst, Nicole J. Georges,
Jeremy Halinen
, Daniel W.K. Lee, Kirsty Logan along with nine other lesbi-luminaries &
rump-wranglin’ Cult Icons-In-The-Makin’ that any cool-enough-to-singe-flesh-upon-contact
member of the cognoscenti c/should expect to find included among the impeccably-edited
roster of a journal esteemed as such/such as this…

Nonetheless, not unlike the dry ice to which I alluded a mere skip backwards o’er single perioddical: that’s a
scavenger hunt I’ll leave for you & your ducats to embark upon, darlin’

G E T ± S O M E

 

[though as an ápertif, an excerpt of my story]:

As the adage goes, ‘A Don’t Is A Delicious Invitation To Do.’  In the sexual practice known as “caking,” it’s particularly true.

I can’t take credit for coming up with this deviation of the old in and out, though unlike the lot of other subversive acts referred to as the stuff of urban legend—the Dirty Sanchez, Blumpkin, Cleveland Steamer, Chili Dog, et al—I’m honored to say I can vouch for its point of origin, and am a mere one degree of separation from its source.

“Caking” came about during the darkest days of that carb-counting craze when solo patties of beef were the new burger, and a demeanor bitter as Susan Atkins was the new black. It was socially acceptable to have breath that smelled like a fresh slaughter, so long as we weren’t seen consuming anything in a public setting that bore even the faintest traces of Evil Incarnate: refined sugar.

 

:: yes bitches, shit gets good up in thurr ::

However!
THIS IS NOT OVER YET

Royal Proclamation Number Two:
(not only/but also)

Baby, I’ve Got Some More Good Word For You…

From the publishing house, social network & international non-profit, Little Episodes—an organization that “promotes the arts as a therapeutic tool & platform to incite empathy and understanding”—comes the anthology Brainstorms


© Little Episodes Publishing, 2010 • ISBN 978-0-9565003-1-1 • Edited by Fawn Neün

“featuring work by Melvin BurgessTodd SwiftSadie Frost, Nina Antonia & Clint Catalyst, Brainstorms is the second volume in the ‘Expression of Depression’ series, a collection of poetry & short fiction from established & emerging talent.”

[from Little Episodes founder Lucie Barât]:

“The launch of our second anthology is a statement of intent. We aim to de-stigmatise depression and promote compassion & understanding rather than fear and embarrassment. The opportunity to create and subsequently publish art will give people a sense of well-being which could aid in their recovery.”

&
[from the printed matter]
an excerpt from my short story “Breaking Up With Tina”:

Whenever I hear recovery folks recite the slogan that their ‘worst day sober is still better than [their] best day using, ‘ I can’t help but feel my eyes rolling.  For that I have four words: They Needed Another Dealer.

Oh!  & H-e-ey Old-Schoolers, spot check how that paragraph comes to a Grinding Halt:

…And in the words of The Cure’s vocalist, Robert Smith, the further I got from the things I care about, the less I cared about how much further away I got.

MMM-HMMM,
G E T ± YOURS

order now

H E R E :: via ::  H E R E

&
peek at the back flap*
down…

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Review of Cottonmouth Kisses — Bizarre Magazine (UK)

April 2001


[ Many thanks to Cathi Unsworth
and, of course, to Bizarre magazine ! ]

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Firearms. Phallic symbols. High fashion.

 

The Dark Side Of Fantasy / Fantasizing The Dark.

Or, in the words of fashion editor Panos Yipanis — who styled Steven Klein‘s provocative editorial for issue 30 of Arena Homme Plus — the title “Games & Restrictions, Candy, Twilight & Guns” was chosen.

Which — considering the theme for this 15 year anniversary commemorative was “Hard Times!” — begs the question : “Double entendre much?”

★ ☆ ★

At any rate, I’m by no means the first to have admired the cinematic quality of Mr. Klein’s photography, but when one click led to another to another, to the video embedded above . .

I’ve gotta tell ya: the lyrical quality, the beauty and brutality expressed therein? Inspired some awe, yes.

★ ☆ ★

Just so we’re clear : the impetus for this post isn’t to alert you, gentle reader, as to what’s New! Hot! Now! Besides, not only did the story run in the fall 08/winter 09 release of the bi-annual; the sense of time is immersive.

Instead

I feel compelled to remark upon what I find equally as impressive/astounding as the work itself. For all the homoerotic overtones, for this chic cult of sexual predators Klein has amassed — for a narrative in which outré images are bound so tightly : it’s as if they’re laced with gunpowder and black magic . . .

The context of where the photographs were published — the framework from which Klein’s story was “hung,” so to speak — bears great cultural significance.

For those unaware — or for those who are, even — humor me one hot little moment while I reiterate a fact so basic ; I’ve yet to come across a journalist or blogger to bring attention to it.

Arena Homme Plus is not a gay [ that’s “gay” in scare quotes ] publication. On the contrary, it’s an internationally-distributed, mainstream men’s luxury magazine that’s neither underground nor back-alley whatsoever in terms of niche or scope.

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Review of Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache — Morbid Outlook

June 2004


Special Thanks to Andrew Fenner &
Mistress McCutchan

[ Source: Morbid Outlook ]

 

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From The Archives, By Special Request—Beth Ditto’s Introductory Taste Of The Luxe Life

A brisk re-wind to the lead singer of [The] Gossip‘s first time

( . . . getting “dolled-up” for a glamour shoot, that is!)

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Frontiers magazine : December 5, 2006 : Volume 25, Number 15

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The magic that resulted was a team effort, for which Serious Propers are in order:

Photography by Albert Sanchez (www.albertsanchez.com)
Makeup by Cherie Combs (www.margaretmaldonado.com)
Hair by Tony Chavez (www.tonychavez.net) for Kérastase Paris
Propmaster/Art Direction: Pedro Zalba

On Beth (COVER SHOT):
Mini-Dress with Matching Cuffs by Abigail Adams (www.abigailadamsdesign.com)
Necklace by Tarina Tarantino (www.tarinatarantino.com)
Shoes by Abaeté for Payless
Switchblade Comb: “Bartering” Scam by Yours Truly

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So Miss Thing Is A “Style Icon” Now, Huh?!

Mmm-hrmm, yeah:

Well, “I Knew Her When. . .” &
“I was there, grrl!”
Sure was.


:: ET CETERA ::

Massive thanks to Alex Cho and Frontiers

And to Miss Ditto :
Sincere congratulations on your continued success . . .

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“Delphinium” Awarded Grand Prize; March Screenings Listed…

Congratulations are in order for auteur Matthew Mishory—in whose biopic  “Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait Of Derek Jarman” I’m honored to appear—for winning The Eastman Kodak Grand Prize for Best Short Film at this year’s US Super 8 and DV Film Festival!

:: forthcoming :: screenings ::

March 4, 2010 & March 6, 2010

at

The Durango International Film Festival in Colorado,

March 5, 2010

at

The Hole On The Hill Gallery & Art Space in Seattle,

as well as

March 10, 2010:

Australian premiere at the
Byron International Film Festival.

“The more personal and affectionate paeans to Derek’s life and work that are out there, like this gorgeous little film, the better.”

Scott Treleaven, visual artist and filmmaker

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Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache — Review by Charlotte Cooper

 

Source ]

 

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Clint Catalyst Interview In Imago Magazine, The “Fables Issue”

Issue Four (summer/fall 2009)

Imago is distributed in Canada at Chapters and other fine booksellers.

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Clint Catalyst’s Guide To Los Angeles (Interview for Gay.com by Josh Rotter)

DISCLAIMER!

✪ Please Note: ✪

At the time in which this interview was conducted, I didn’t exactly have an unbiased point-of-view.

Friends of mine had recently been laid off—a common occurrence in businesses when things like a “merger” occur… but wounds were still fresh, so to speak.  If not theirs—well, then mine, out of camaraderie.

Rather than call attention to the negative, I hope you’ll be able to apply the aforementioned statement in any instances where it might be [AHEM!] applicable.  As in: flagrantly.

Oh, &…it’s taken numerous attempts for my embarrassingly low-tech ass to get this archived Q & A to post within WP’s established parameters.

:: claws & any other applicable appendages hereby crossed —with— massive thanks to Josh Rotter & Gay.com! ::

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Because ‘Participant’ Is Not An Award, And Life Is Not The Special Olympics

Truth of the matter is:
We don’t all get a hug for our efforts.

What we do ‘get,’ however, is Freedom Of Choice…
(though make no mistake: to not choose is—in itself—a decision).

A choice you’re hereby offered the opportunity?

Who gets an award (yourself, perhaps?), and
For what?

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But for those of you whom the terminally cute
is a constant reminder that human beings do, indeed, have a “Gag Reflex”?

Go ahead and OWN THAT BITTER BILE
DOWN TO THE BONE!

Pictured above, at Hollywood’s latest haunt of legendary proportions, Mr. Black:

Aldo Vento

flaunts his Hater status
in black-on-black-on-black…

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