It's funny, when I was younger I never saw the appeal of birthday boy Tom Selleck. I even included him in a 2011 post about Hunks I Don't Get? The mustache, the cigarette ad look, never got it. Today, as I speed through my thirties, I would do the eighties version of Selleck quite easily. Check out more of today's birthdays HERE:
As much as I love the heat of summer, but the time September begins I welcome some relief. Relief from not just the heat and of course the humidity but also the light. There is an instinct in some of us very primal, very animal like, which draws us towards hibernation.
By the time school has begun and the leaves have fallen from the tree’s, we are forced into required joy and festivities starting with Halloween, and then followed quickly by the powerful hat-trick that is made up of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, both eve and subsequent day.
There are moments of each which bring happiness and joy, but there are also moments of each which bring anxiety, regret and slow waves of pain. January 2nd, has sometimes also become a day of relief, a day to mentally release the built up stress of the past several weeks.
January 2nd quickly however becomes January 3rd, and then 4th, and 20th and 29th. Most in us in the mid-west and North East, (and today even a brief visit to the South) have been through freezing rain, blizzards and wind, power outages and near slips and falls. We have scraped our cars, shoveled our driveways, driven when we could barely see and spent far to many nights trying to keep ourselves warm.
We, are ready for hibernation to be over, but nature is not ready quite yet to permit our release. We are not granted parole, instead have another 30-60 day sentence, depending on our geography. This is the time, not in the dead of winter, but closer to the end, the winter blues set in. We long for light now, the long dark days have taken their toll. For most, we pull ourselves out of it, with the help of loved ones and routine.
For others the hibernation takes a deep toll, we can’t pull out as easily, nor in truth, do we honestly want to. There is safety, and a warmth in hibernation that spring and summer cannot provide. It may not feel so great, so hot, but it’s comfortable....the loneliness, pain and darkness. But it protects, and hides what the sunshine of summer cannot.
The work of Michael Styles never fails to inspire me, his images thoughtful, reflective and full of relatable, and often, painful emotions. Last fall Michael welcomed me into his collection of works and I began with beds and bedrooms with Where You Sleep. When I was trying to find images to help connect, represent and embody my thoughts on the January winter blues, I again found Michael's images the perfect visual representation of what I was feeling, and wanted to express.
When actress Jacqueline Bisset awkwardly accepted her Golden Globe recently some may have been wondering who exactly was this seemingly spaced out woman. Older and possibly straight men might remember her, and her breasts, from The Deep. Younger viewers of gay cinema might have forgotten however about her role in 2003's Latter Days.
I received an e-mail after the award show asking about my previous post, Lucky Bitch featuring the men that Bissset has bared. Back in 2008 I did a small series featuring some of the actors Jacqueline has managed to get naked on film. Back in the early nineties I had no clue who Bisset was either, that was however until seeing her get the pants of the beautiful behind of Jens Peter in an old VHS copy of the movie Wild Orchid.
With Jean-Paul Belmondo in Le Magnifique (1973)
Although the flick was mostly forgettable, Bissett unveiling Peter's naked body with a simple 'Tell him to take off his pants', (translated by Carrie Otis) is a scene, if you haven't watched, you should really see the clip below. In researching that scene, I discovered many other actors the lovely Bissett was able to get down to their birthday suits. In celebration of her recent GG win, I am reposting some of those images as well as a few others I have discovered since. If anyone knows of any others, please let me know!
Baring Branagh in High Season (1987)
Manhandling McCarthy in Class (1983)
Getting the workman naked in 1998's Dangerous Beauty. See More HERE:
Revealing Jens Peter in Wild Orchid (1989) See more HERE:
My personal favorite, with Matt Lattanzi from Rich And Famous (1981)
Although he was the first one booted from last summer's Big Brother, surfer dude David stuck around long enough get naked more than any of the guys who stayed all summer. I did a small post featuring some of those images, and a video, last June. (HERE:) I am almost embarrassed to admit that I 'followed' David on Twitter after he left the show. I am not a huge fan of Twitter and only pop on occasionally, but liked his commentary on the rest of the season. David is one of those guys who has the push/pull effect one me. I have described that push/pull as the move many cats make when they pull in, and scratch our hand with their front paws, as they push away your arm, again scratching with their rear paws and nails.
David both repulses, and intrigues me, and when I popped on Twitter the other night I saw he was as odd as I remember. He posts video after video, usually sounding like a 14 year old. Most are sex related, many with a deep preoccupation on what being gay must be like. His latest theme is his own version of planking, naked, usually upon a counter or appliance. Not sure I find the images actually sexy, but as I try to push away, those damned claws continue to pull me back...