A Welcome and a Definition

Culture Vulture: "A person with a strong, sometimes obsessive, interest in the arts." Culture Vultures spend a lot of time observing the world. This is where those observations come out.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Return of Hedwig

The movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch was a real touchstone in my life. Even though I was already out a few years when I finally saw the movie, it speaks a lot not only to the coming out process, but to the feeling comfortable in your own skin. (This can be applicable to straight people as well). I'm so excited that they are reviving it with a Broadway show with Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig. I love all the music, but for some reason"Wicked Little Town" has a special place in my heart. It represents to me a longing for more from life. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day

My feelings for why we still celebrate Columbus Day are best described by The Oatmeal. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Epic Failures

I recently finished Aisha Tyler's Self-Inflicted Wounds. I was always a casual fan of hers, enjoying her stand-up specials and her stint on Talk Soup. However, I was not prepared for how much I'd enjoy this book. Basically, Tyler outlines many of her most awkward moments and failures in life, with such strange tales as the time she threw up on her high school crush to the time she wore a see-through dress on the red carpet. The best thing I like about the book is that she tells these stories without any sort of Oprah-esque hand-wringing. There's no "you can overcome whatever difficulties life throws at you" chapter that puts you to tears. She presents her stories matter-of-factly, and with a lot of humor at her various humiliations. It's inspirational without feeling like a Hallmark card or a Precious Moments figurine. My kind of inspiration.

Friday, September 20, 2013


I've always been into the Sherlock Holmes stories and its various incarnations. While I still think House is the definitive homage to Doyle's work,  I recently got into Elementary, starring Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. I started watching out of curiosity and I always enjoyed Johnny Miller and got hooked rather quickly. The series honors a certain amount of Sherlockian lore (know that there is still a very fervent base of Sherlock fans) yet presents a unique twist to the plot.

Probably the most interesting is the twist of female characters in the show. Besides Liu as an introspective Watson (Joan Watson is actually given a back story, coming to Holmes' house as a sober companion for his recovery), there was also an introduction of a female Moriarty (a weird double twist where the character of Irene Adler and Moriarty are actually the same person). One reason I like this Sherlock is the gender equality: women can be just as clever and conniving in Elementary. 

I have many friends who enjoy Benedict Cumberbatch and more well-known Sherlock but I think Elementary has some serious merits and is worth a watch.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Return

I decided it's time to revive this blog. I could start fresh, but I always loved this concept. I never wanted a blog just about the musings of my belly button. I still attend many fab events, read books, and generally have opinions that mostly get heard by my friends after two cocktails. However, life has changed (again) and I need a new outlet.  So expect more pop culture, more discussions, and more of whatever I think is interesting. I'll see you out there!