You can choose compassion

Walt Odets, son of Clifford Odets, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco who, in the past, worked mostly with gay men. I say “in the past” because we exchanged correspondence exactly once in 1996 and 1997; because there have been no discernible publications of his past 1998 (save for one); various database searches coming up with nothing but photography books and monographs; and mailing him to ask if he’s all right led to no response, which is troubling.

A New Yorker article from 2013 that I kept, I thought, because it featured the intrinsically interesting Bobby Cannavale turns out to be all about Walt Odets, I see now as I write this.

Forgotten lessons of Walt Odets

  • HIV-negative men exist. They don’t exist in some quantum state of flux; they really exist. It isn’t the case that your HIV-positive diagnosis is a lifelong fact you can immediately trust but your negative diagnosis is a lie.

  • The primary purpose of AIDS education is to keep HIV-negative people (in this case gay men) negative. It isn’t to make positoids feel less bad about being HIV-positive.

  • HIV education lies to men, sets up impossible lifelong strictures, and is obsessed with catering to the feelings of men who are already infected. On top of all that, HIV education has basically been a bust since the 1990s because various measurements have not really changed, including the incidence of anal sex without a condom.

  • Some things in life are risky. But some sexual acts aren’t really risky. Anal sex without a condom isn’t really risky if both guys are negative, which can and does happen because HIV-negativity really exists.

But overriding everything, as he explained in a letter to me, is “AIDS prevention is only possible if people have lives that are worth reasonably protecting from HIV.”

For that to be true, we would have to accept, as Odets does, that gay males and our sexuality are hated and stigmatized. I note we would also have to accept that we have suffered two holocausts already and are going through a third one that will apparently never end (the onslaught by queers, trannies, and LGBTs to tar us as the enemy and render us extinct). [continue with “Walt Odets: HIV-negative men exist” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.04.11 16:52. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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I did paid work for the TTC on signage. And if you want the TTC signage manual, you can now read it.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.30 16:23. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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Pictures

By published source

  1. New Yorker article, 2015:

    1. “Jody Akana… is unusual in the group for having a declared specialty: colo[u]r”

    2. Bart André

    3. Alan Dye

    4. Evans Hankey

    5. “Austrian-born surfer Julian Hönig”

    6. Richard Howarth

    7. Eugene Whang

  2. Leander Kahney’s terrible book, 2013:

    1. Marj Andresen

    2. Daniele De Iuliis

    3. Danny Coster

    4. Richard Howarth (pictured; New Yorker thus confirmed his name)

    5. Peter Russell-Clarke

    6. Chris Stringer

  3. Designer-at-large or ‑on-call Marc Newson

Not included: Type designers.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.18 14:18. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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  • Russell Smith on Bruce LaBruce (Toronto Life, December 1997):

    My experience of watching [this movie] is typical of an outsider’s experience in the world of gay art: The feeling that there are constants, valences, isotopes all around you, and they must be linked in some really obvious way that everyone but you gets. […] I know there are thematic links here, but I’m not in this loop. […] His films are rambling, numbingly slow-paced, shockingly amateurish. Like so much avant-grade art, they become interesting only when he explains them.

  • Smith on LaBruce today (2015):

    He has become an example of the kind of success that well-connected, Canadian Film Centre–trained, CBC-supported writers and directors only dream of. In this he is evidence of the long-term effect of not trying to please the petrified, boardroom-bound managers of television networks. […]

    Even he admits that the MoMA retrospective is rather brave of that august museum. I think it’s evidence of what happens when you do exactly the opposite of what is supposed to make you a successful writer or director in this country. Instead of conscientiously trying to work your way in by doing episodes of Little Mosque on the Prairie or by polishing your pitch for a new cooking-based reality show for a BlackBerry-distracted producer deep in the bowels of the MegaCorp building, you do exactly what you want to do, over and over, failing as many times as you like. Those rich yet timid producers are never going to have successes as international as these.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.14 12:00. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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Barbara Bernát:

Under black light, hand holds banknote that shows X-ray-like skeleton of bird

(She wants way too much money for prints.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.06 05:49. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2015/03/06/bernat/

Toronto Public Library, bastion of free speech that it is, banned an author’s entire works (in secret, no less).

Covers of ‘The Way of Men,’ ‘Blood-Brotherhood,’ ‘A Sky Without Eagles’

Enjoy your Freedom to Read Week.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.25 15:55. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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I can hardly begrudge American hacks their origin stories of David Carr, but I want to warn Canadian hacks against being colonial and unduly valourizing the frog-voiced star of the deplorable documentary Page One. I say that because before there was David Carr there was Sid Adilman, who germinated dozens of journalistic careers, including mine.

(Remembrance. Report from memorial service.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.21 13:23. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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Mikita Brottman dared to suggest that watching a movie adaptation of a book is a great way to experience the story of that book.

After reading Unlimited Embrace by Reed Woodhouse (no relation), you will not need to bother reading any of the canonical gay fiction he summarizes and critiques so well. (Except for Straight to Hell, which he actually includes.)

I did not know one could learn so much from literary criticism. Nor did I really understand what a scaredy-cat hack David Leavitt is until now. Further, I did not know Ethan Mordden is not in fact a scathing Irish queen but a Jew.

Woodhouse – who teaches at Juilliard – serves the function Roger Ebert did: You read him to find out what you missed.

(Cf. Gay Fiction Speaks.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.19 09:38. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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