Posts tagged ‘New York Times’

July 20, 2011

Handpicked News: Gay Comic Character, Studio Lot to Get Rainbow, Larry King Wants to Marry Anderson Cooper…

by Accidental Bear

Gay Comic Character
to Get More Play Kevin Keller, the gay pal of Archie, Betty, and Veronica, is going to get more ink: Next year he’ll star in a monthly comic in which he becomes president of his Riverdale High School class, and the ongoing Life With Archieseries will delve into Kevin’s future — including his marriage. Kevin, who was introduced last year and has his own four-issue miniseries this summer, “has proven to be incredibly popular,” Jon Goldwater, co–chief executive of Archie Comics, told The New York Times. “We’re just so proud of the success of Kevin and the fact that he adds a new dynamic to Riverdale.”

Wizard of Oz Studio Lot to Get Rainbow As tribute to a far-off land heard of once in a lullaby, Sony Pictures plans to erect aTONY TASSET RAINBOW SONY X390 (CULVER CITY TIMES) | ADVOCATE.COM
permanent 94-foot-tall rainbow sculpture by artist Tony Tasset on the Culver City, Calif., studio lot where The Wizard of Ozwas filmed over 70 years ago. 
The corporation received approval from the city in May to install the structure, which theCulver City Times reports “will be about nine stories high and span 188 feet,” near the studio’s Madison Avenue gate.                                                                                                                                                                    Larry King Wants to Marry Anderson Cooper Just weeks after Larry King recorded a public ANDERSON COOPER LARRY KING X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM
service announcement in support of marriage equality in New York and posing for the famed No H8 campaign, the former TV host has become even more gay-friendly. According, the 77-year-old King recently told GQmagazine that he would “marry Anderson Cooper” during a game of Fuck Marry Kill in an interview for the August issue.

Texas To Revisit Evolution Education Debate Under New Conservative Chairwoman AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education meets this week for the first time under its conservative new chairwoman appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and is expected to rekindle the debate over teaching evolution and the origin of life in public schools. Perry, who is considering a run for president and has embraced social conservatives in Texas, named Barbara Cargill chairwoman earlier this month. Cargill, a biology teacher considered to be one of the more conservative board members, disputes the theory of evolution and voted to require that the theory’s weaknesses be taught in classrooms.

Religious Freedom Key To Debate On Gay Marriages WASHINGTON (RNS) Senators wrestled with issues of faith and religious freedom on Wednesday (July 20) as they debated a new bill that would allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the Respect for Marriage Act, which was sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and endorsed by the Obama administration.

July 6, 2011

Scooter LaForge Releases EXCLUSIVE line for PATRICIA FIELD

by Accidental Bear

If you are going to do it , do it right, Scooter LaForge has the passion and drive throughout his work that I long for it when I am in its absence. Scooter has coupled up with the dynamic Patricia Field and team to create  unique wearable art and will be available exclusively at the famed Bowery Street boutique and online at Scooter,  work it out! Two snaps up and a figure eight.

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June 28, 2011

If You’re Arrested This Weekend, Do It Whitey Bulger’s Way

by Accidental Bear

The next time you get thrown in the slammer forget your grandmothers useless advice about wearing clean underwear. When busted for whatever illegal activity of your choice you hope to look as good as Whitey Bulger in this classic, actual mug shot from 1953. Fashionably un-aware  Bulger gets him a spread in Esquire Magazine  in 2011.


If the New York Times wanted to avoid burnishing the legend of Whitey Bulger, who was wanted for 19 counts of murder until the FBI arrested him on Wednesday, they picked the wrong front-page photograph: a mug shot from 1953 that may be the most stylish diptych in the history of criminality. Bulger is 23-years-old. He’s wearing a collared shirt and a wide-checked zip-up flannel coat. In profile, he looks just like James Dean. The crazy thing is the shot was taken when James Dean was still a nobody, working in TV. On the right, staring straight at the Boston Police cameraman, he’s inexplicably wearing an outsize fedora. As a whole, the mug shot is a strange amalgam of Jim Stark and Roger Sterling. He’s the rebel with a cause, the real tough from whom the Hollywood toughs were ripping off their style.

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April 29, 2011

Q & A with Nick Burns Co-author of The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving

by Accidental Bear

I have never had such an informative, enjoyable and dare I say smart conversation about facial hair. My usual conversations goes something like this, ” Uhh, you got something in your beard.”… ” Thanks!” Nick Burns co-author of The Bearded Gentlemen: The Style Guide to Shaving is loaded with helpful information to care for and tame that overgrown bush on your face or perhaps just your upper lip. His extensive back round as a journalist,  has covered skin care, fashion, and health for leading magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Details, Elle Accessories, Out, and Zink, and he pens the popular men’s style blog,, makes him over qualified for me to ask him about how to best trim my unruly nose hairs (But I ask anyhow). Nick’s writing is witty and sharp as well as his answers to my questions I brainstormed for him.

Q & A:

Interview by Mike Enders

Accidental Bear:  How is it that you and Allan Peterkin came together to produce this much needed book together?

Nick Burns: Allan wrote a book called 1000 Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair and I interviewed him for a piece I wrote for the New York Times about the return of the mustache–a bunch of hipsters in Williamsburg started sprouting whiskers above their lips in 2008. We worked together on a few other articles after that and when his publisher asked him to write the follow up to 1000 Beards, he asked me to help out.

A B:  I would love to call you King of whiskers. What has been the fire under you that make you want to write about the topic?

Nick: I think “King of Whiskers” is too lofty of a title for little old me. Maybe Prince of Whiskers? Well, when your name contains “Nick” and “Burns”, writing about shaving is kind of like your birthright… sort of like being born into the royal family.

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April 22, 2011

Thoroughly Modern Maupin: The Legacy of Armistead

by Accidental Bear

Litquake joins forces with American Conservatory Theatre and BARtab to co-present an evening of readings and music, as the City ramps up for the world premiere of A.C.T.’s much-anticipated “Tales of the City” musical later this spring!

Swedish American Music Hall, 2174 Market Street, 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door:

Beer, wine, and cocktails from Blue Angel Vodka and Art in the Age. Proceeds to benefit Litquake 2011, October 7-15.

Emceed by the amazing Marga Gomez. Featuring the next generation of writers who continue to further ideals Armistead helped pioneer and champion in his work. With appearances/performances by:

Michelle Tea, Sister Spit and RADAR organizer, author of several books including “Rose of No Man’s Land”

K.M. Soehnlein, author of the award-winning “The World of Normal Boys” and its sequel “Robin and Ruby,” just released in paperback

Scott James, New York Times journalist and author of “SoMa” and “The Sower”

Kevin Simmonds, filmmaker, composer, performer, and author of upcoming poetry collection “Mad for Meat”

Drag superstar Precious Moments

Plus special guests!

Thursday, May 12 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Swedish American Music Hall

2174 Market Street
San Francisco, California
April 9, 2011

“The Fashion Show is on the Street”-Bill Cunningham

by Accidental Bear

I have a new idol, Bill Cunningham! A feel good, inspiring, light hearted, educating , ball of positivity and NYC fashion history. A must watch film.


“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour.

The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

To be visually stimulated click link below, or your money back!

March 1, 2011

Pic of Day with a Message

by Accidental Bear

Loose Lips Sink Ships

This illustration by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander McClelland Barclay was part of the Navy’s “Loose Lips Sink Ships” World War II campaign, designed to remind shipyard workers and others with jobs supporting the war effort not to discuss their work.
– The New York Times

[American propaganda during World War II | Wikipedia]


February 26, 2011

SF Snow was just a hoax, I’ll bet on it

by Accidental Bear
Put away your snow shoes and those perfectly laid out snow outfits you have laying across your bed. You bought that ridiculously expensive winter jacket 5 years and still have had a good chance to try it out in the snow? First off you’re lame because if you are a true San Franciscan , you know its all about the layers. You’ve also had fantasies of finding a winter boy friend and being cuddled up to the fire place listening to Frank Sinatra songs ( in your case probably listening to Stevie Wonders , Greatest Slow Songs Album). I will put  money down , that in my lifetime ( and I plan on living forever thanks to medical technology)  it will never snow in San Francisco. Shake on it!


San Francisco Gets Way Too Excited About Snow

Adrian Chen — Forecasts call for snow this weekend in San Francisco. This has transformed the burrito-and-coffee-bloated populace into squealing schoolkids, breathlessly shooting their excitement around the Internet via Facebook-enabled shoes, or whatever’s hot in Silicon Valley these days:

The very possibility that San Francisco could see snowfall has led to a flurry of activity by online wiseacres. The Web site was set up to answer whether it was snowing in the city, and mock terror bounced around the Twittersphere…

Several Web sites also got into the fun, including the Bay Citizen, which labeled the mere idea of snow as “SnO.M.G.,” an apparent homage to both Valley girls and the East Coast‘s recent spate of blizzards, which were called Snowmageddon.

What are you smoking besides tons of medical marijuana, San Francisco? There’s reason we called it “Snowmageddon” here on the East Coast. Because snow is nothing to trifle with. It’s not a dainty icing atop your precious cupcake of a city. Snow is a crushing blanket of doom that will treacherously slick your streets and down your power lines right on top of an old lady carrying a baby. It is white death.

Any New Yorker will tell you the proper response to a snowstorm is complaining, followed by panic, followed by more complaining. [New York Times]

February 3, 2011


by Accidental Bear

But we already knew that. Lip gloss, spray tan curlers, main/pedi, douche, tweeze nose hairs, man scaping, botox are just a few things I do to prepare for the gym every morning!

1, San Francisco

Average monthly personal care spending: $111
Percentage of population not overweight: 50.3
Percent of population that belongs to a gym: 20.4

VIA The Daily Beast

Which American cities spend the most time and money to look good? From L.A. to Miami, The Daily Beast studies the statistics to determine the country’s capitals of narcissism.

Gallery: America’s 20 Vainest Cities

Article - Vainest Cities GAL LAUNCH


In the age of Botox, the commercialization of everything from eyelash tinting to spray tanning and the continued growth of fad diets and trendy exercise regimens, being “perfect” has never been so attainable nor the pursuit so tempting. As The New York Times recognized, in the last decade “the body became the new attire, a mutable status symbol subject to trends in proportion, silhouette, technology, and disposable income.”

So The Daily Beast sought to figure out which major metro areas across the country exert the most effort to look good—by spending time in the spa, sweating in the gym, or shelling out for personal-care products.

We culled the list by starting with the 25 cities with the largest percentage of the population that belongs to gyms, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.


December 18, 2010

Senate Repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ –

by Accidental Bear

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is Repealed   By monkeypuzzle

A significant step towards ensuring full citizenship rights to all Americans, via [NYTimes]: “The Senate on Saturday struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, bringing to a close a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans from the ranks and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.”

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