‘Carthage must be destroyed’

I see an eternal truth wordlessly expressed in Toast and The Long Day Closes. Eternal truths are the hardest to believe.

You the young boy need not be afraid to gaze upon a beautiful man beyond your reason. You don’t know why you need to look, but nothing makes you happier. There is no why. As you learn the world around you and its fears become yours, you feel bashful and ashamed. You stop before you drink in the man before you.

Boy looks back at workman pulling off his trousers in barn
Workman dries off a young lad with a towel as the lad smiles and gazes at him

But go right ahead. He doesn’t know or care – or he’s just open to you and your happiness. You can’t imagine how, but he is. He’s happy that you’re happy.

Boy sits gazing out a window. MAN: Pass us a few bricks, will ya?
Shirtless mason turns to his side
Shirtless mason winks at us

As you grow up, learn that if you expect men to accept you they will. Even if they know how happy they make you. The loveliest men are the ones who can accept the most. They’ve got nothing to lose. They can afford it. You can too.

Brother, shirtless, leans over at washbasin
Brother, shirtless: Hey, Bud, will you do my back for me?
Bud runs a washcloth along his brother’s back

It takes a lifetime to learn this lesson and you might not get there. It’s hard to believe you could be safe with your own kind, even among princes. But who else can you be safe with? Whatever else we need, we need men.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.12 12:30. 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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A man you’re only supposed to read if you’re some kind of Nazi, Jack Donovan (“né” Malebranche), has in the blink of an eye become a New York–quality-magazine-quality journalist who will never in a million years get a commission from one of those magazines.

  • Beauties in Beast Mode”:

    If men really want a co-ed warrior caste of eugenically bred, chemically enhanced, man-jawed superpersons to transcend the human condition and prepare our race for interstellar war with the Klingons, then they need to be more honest about that, and work out some of the contradictions and inconsistencies in their worldviews.

  • A Time for Wolves” (where many of the Grimnir participants’ names, and the word Grimnir itself, are sorely lacking diacritics)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.06 15:47. 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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Keeping tabs on strapping, affable Hebraic hack Jesse Brown.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.06 14:34. 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/2014/08/06/canadalandwatch/

6′8″ (or, debatably, 6′9″) British black former NBA player/psychologist John Amaechi appeared on the charmingly named Hoopsfix podcast, which itself concentrates on the almost absurd proposition of British basketball.

  • There he reveals – surely for the first time – that his oddly-spelled surname is actually pronounced Amaychee, though he is OK with the common mispronunciation Ameechee. Since the day he blasted onto the scene (“John Amaechi Comes Out as Former NBA Player”), my internal reading voice has dyslexically plowed through his surname as though stabbing each letter with a finger: Ahh-mahh-ee-chee (with equal vowel lengths). I resist the temptation to render it as Amæchi.

  • In the Canadian sense of the word, he’s one of those British middle-class blacks we never hear about, really. (His mom was a doctor.) I associate that social class with the insufferable British graphic designer Eddie Opara, who was granted the equivalent of a peerage, a Pentagram parnership. I don’t know why I do not associate it with British black actors like Idris Elba and Lennie James.

  • An hour or so into the interview, I finally realized that Amaechi was in fact spending the entire time talking about basketball. His teenage project to get himself into the NBA is a great story, but yes, he actually really and truly did like playing basketball and is quite happy to talk for two hours about it on a podcast run by a punter (en-UK). I enjoy obscure topics and, further, I defend actual sports and actual sportswriting and the like, but what he was doing and its effect on me both took me by surprise. John Amaechi actually was a basketball player. Unironically.

    I found this baffling not just because he was and is homosexualist but because he wanted to be a psychologist since boyhood. Now he ostensibly is one, though what how he allegedly makes his living is in advising the corporate world on something or other. His professional Web sites are such ugly collations of bland boilerplate I don’t know why anybody would hire him. (That’s because his sites do not clearly state what he does. They’re appalling – and par for the course.) In the back of my mind, I guess I just figured that a gay British psychologist could not actually have been serious about basketball.

    Further, I think we clutch at all non-sports characteristics of gay athletes in an active denial of their true interest and ability. It’s another manifestation of the insistence by word people, like journalists, that the body is merely a vessel, if that. It should not be surprising that a gay basketball player was a basketball player and is still interested in basketball.

  • Amaechi’s value proposition is surely his statement that it is not the gay athlete’s sole responsibility to come out. Being openly gay in sport(s) requires by definition support from the back and front offices and owners – who, also by definition, are rich. (Chris Rock: Shaq is “rich.” The white man who signs Shaq’s check is “wealthy.”)

John Amaechi is an army of one and, despite the fact his sites are such bullshit they undermine his integrity, he remains a fascinating personage.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.04 12:43. 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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Some of my best friends are lexicographers. The other month I took it upon myself to define and antedate the word caron in the specific sense of “haček.” I found the first reference, in a WordPerfect user manual I still have. I submitted that to the OED.

Then I wondered why the hell I was wasting my time on a weird typography/Unicode sense of a synonym for an existing word. Shouldn’t I be antedating gay speech before queers and LGBTs and trannies get all of it banned, as they are trying to do with tranny? They are literally defining us out of existence and literally rewriting and denying our history. Over my dead body. (I shouldn’t tempt fate there, given that eldergays are dying, often at their own hands.)

Using only the OED as a definition source, and with frequent reference to the online archive of OutWeek (which I wrote for, and which archive I have downloaded and OCRed), here is what I have so far. (Permanent updated location.)

Not defined at all

  1. ACT UP
  2. bareback (not in that sense); also need bug chaser, gift giver, creampie, cum bucket, and similar
  3. basket
  4. baths
  5. beard
  6. bent
  7. BJ
  8. butt plug
  9. chicken
  10. circuit party
  11. confirmed bachelor
  12. cut, uncut
  13. diesel dyke
  14. dinge queen; rice queen; X queen
  15. fag hag
  16. French active, passive; Greek active, passive
  17. friend of Dorothy
  18. Gaysian
  19. GWM and all variants; must avoid the tendency to lie, as in the title of the film Single White Female
  20. HAART
  21. hanky code
  22. helium-heels
  23. husbear
  24. invert
  25. labyris (ambiguous in OutWeek)
  26. load
  27. light in the loafers
  28. marriage equality
  29. meat rack
  30. Miss Thing
  31. molly house
  32. MSM
  33. nancy
  34. PNP
  35. poppers
  36. positoid
  37. read, v.
  38. same-sex marriage 
  39. seropositive, seronegative, serocloseted
  40. shemale
  41. sister
  42. spousal benefits
  43. switch
  44. tearoom
  45. Tina
  46. top, bottom, versatile (the last ambiguous in OutWeek)
  47. trade
  48. tranny
  49. trick
  50. tubs
  51. undetectable
  52. Uranian
  53. VGL
  54. viatica*

Fully or somewhat defined

  1. antiretroviral
  2. bear (1989–2004)
  3. combination therapy
  4. fisting (including cite by Andrew Nikiforuk)
  5. fuck buddy
  6. gay marriage (huge number of gay * phrasal entries)
  7. leatherman, leather bar
  8. lover [weakly defined, but with gay reference: “Chiefly with possessive adjective: either member of a loving couple; a person in an (exclusive) sexual and romantic relationship with another”]
  9. PCP, KS (but they do have K/S), OI
  10. positive (weak indirect definiton), negative
  11. poz (inadequate definition)
  12. PWA, PLWA, PWARC
  13. rainbow flag
  14. safe(r) sex
  15. viral load
  16. well-hung

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.03 12:40. 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/2014/08/03/antedate/

The reasons, as always, are many, but at root Glaswegians have poor health because their identity has been erased.

Harry Burns, who until recently was the country’s chief medical officer, has his own theory. He raised a few eyebrows when he compared Glaswegians to Australia’s aboriginal people. Yet he believes deindustriali[z]ation in a city where tens of thousands once worked in the factories and the shipyards has deeply wounded local pride. As a result, people here have much in common with demorali[z]ed indigenous communities.

“Being a welder in a shipyard was a cold and difficult and dangerous job,” he says. “But it gave you cultural identity in the same way as native peoples in Australia once had a very intense history and tradition.”

Glawegians do not have to be compared to aboriginals in Australia. Glaswegians are the aboriginal people of Scotland. Scots are the indigenous population of Scotland. Indigenous populations can be white; whites are not always colonists. Nobody in the BBC article seems willing to admit this fact, and actually any claim of equivalency between the two indigenous populations is directly undermined in the article (because it “raised a few eyebrows”).

(Radio segment.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.02 15:03. 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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Without warning, typographers have suddenly learned deception and bullshit.

  • Matias Duarte and the Google complex snow gullible journos that the unremarkable and undifferentiable (also unreadable) Grotesk sansserif Roboto is the first custom font for user interfaces or that spending a year and a half to update a single typeface is somehow unusual.

  • FontShop sells out to Monotype for no obvious or defensible reason. Despite not also being Mormons, this makes now-perilously-employed FontShop mandarins touchy enough to suppress my aperçu “FontFont Has Never Been More Independent and Has Always Been at War with Eastasia.” So much for the brotherhood of type.

    (I find it coïncidental that Spiekermann’s [“quasi‑”] retirement from the entire industry occurred days before that takeover was announced. This could explain why the kind and generous mentor, who was kind and generous to me and my designer friend at ATypI Vancouver but is essentially impossible to contact, ignored a postal letter I sent as a last resort.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.07.23 15:02. 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/2014/07/23/typebullshit/

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