“Every day baby, I bleed blue”

Poet Sim Stafford and I were in high school together, and then we both went to the same university, and one time, during my freshman year, when I was having a moment, he said, “once a Dukie, always a Dukie.” He wasn’t talking about school spirit – he was saying that my life had changed,Continue reading ““Every day baby, I bleed blue””

Monday music: dear, incredible Duke

Dear Duke – Anthem Gone to Croatan – Jah Wobble The General – Dispatch The Other Side – the Twelves Hand in Glove – the Smiths Souvenir D’iti – In-Grid Oblivion – Patrick Wolf Close to Me – the Cure Back to the Old House – the Smiths Come On, Come Out – A FineContinue reading “Monday music: dear, incredible Duke”

Hell is other people: why Natalia won’t be singing praises to Sheila Jeffreys any time soon (no matter how often you ask)

Mandy is not the real name of the individual who inspired this post. Our conversation was conducted in private, hence the change. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I am perfectly cool and open to long-time readers and lurkers friending me on Facebook. A few requests popped up. All were nice and courteous. AllContinue reading “Hell is other people: why Natalia won’t be singing praises to Sheila Jeffreys any time soon (no matter how often you ask)”

You know, I’d say that this entire Derek Walcott thing has left a bad taste in my mouth

…But then, some pervert might interpret it as a come-on.  *haw haw* As evil_fizz recently pointed out – most people are aware of Walcott’s reputation as, well, someone who doesn’t respect certain boundaries with women. As most of the recent defenses of Walcott attest, it isn’t that anyone is denying that improprities have occurred –Continue reading “You know, I’d say that this entire Derek Walcott thing has left a bad taste in my mouth”

Camille Jekyll and Camille Hyde

Unsuspectingly, I opened up Salon.com this morning, completely forgetting that it’s CAMILLE PAGLIA DAY. In the words of Princess Leia, the foul stench should have clued me in, but I was still on my first cup of coffee, so I can therefore be forgiven (maybe). I suppose the reason why I devote so much ofContinue reading “Camille Jekyll and Camille Hyde”