On Grace, Gray Hair, and Gratitude
(And, yeah, Steve McQueen, too)
Ali MacGraw by Man Repeller photographer Edith Young. 2017
A few months ago on my Facebook page, I posted this photo of Ali MacGraw that Edith Young shot for manrepeller.com to go along with a story about the socially conscious fashion movement Ibu for which Ali is an “ambassador” and now a designer (https://shop.ibumovement.com/collections/ali4ibu).
There were 95,000 likes for the photo on Facebook and it was shared around 33,000 times. I knew then that Ali had to be the premiere interview for my new online magazine. She would be the bridge from my Facebook community to this new one here. She graciously agreed. I adore her. Click below to find out why.
FOR HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY AND UPCOMING RETROSPECTIVE AT THE MET IN NEW YORK,
A DAVID HOCKNEY COMPENDIUM:
BARRY HUMPHRIES (AKA DAME EDNA), LUCRETIUS, JOHN WATERS, GREG GORMAN, CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD, EDITH DEVANEY, IAN FALCONER, ANDY WARHOL, WALT WHITMAN, EDMUND WHITE, BILLY WILDER, STEPHEN SPENDER
(and Joan Collins)
“Self Portrait, 20 March 2012” iPad Drawing
Collection of the artist. © David Hockney
Joan Juliet Buck photographed by Alice Springs. 1983
Courtney Love photographed by Chris Nicholls. 2014
THE FORM(AL) TRUTHS OF RICHARD PHIBBS | Photography does more than entice. There is at its essence a verity to its art. In this slideshow of nudes and the natural world, photographer Richard Phibbs serves as a witness. His eye wants to be wanton. And yet it is keen. There in that tension lies the beauty of his work and its welcome.
DIGITALIZED DIALOGUES: SAM SHEPARD, PART ONE
First up in this series - let's call it an archival podcast - is my 1988 interview with Shepard for the September 1988 cover story of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Listen as we talk about riding horses and writing and the rigors of having to hold the cultural reins for a certain sort of macho mystique. Oh, and women too. We talk about women.
Photo by Herb Ritts, 1988 / Courtesy of Herb Ritts Foundation
IN THE COMING WEEKS ...
Sally Field. Julianne Moore. Ellen Barkin. Style icon and photographer Lisa Eisner. Writers Armistead Maupin, Julia Reed, George Hodgman, Jesse Kornbluth, Joyce Maynard, Sheila Weller, Mark Childress, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Jennifer Raiser, Benoit Denizet-Lewis and William Norwich. Brendan Lemon talks to director Bartlett Sher. Parts Two and Three of Sam Shepard's Digitalized Dialogue. And Part One of Catherine Deneuve's. And Elizabeth Taylor's. And Bette Midler's.
THE MONAE QUOTE
Janelle Monae is a fan of Afrofuturist writer Octavia E. Butler. Each is a cultural and feminist pioneer in her own way. Here is a collection of quotes from them both. See if you can tell which of these remarkable women said what in this “Ms.cellany.”
AT THIS STAGE:
PERFORMANCES IN NEW YORK THAT I FOUND NOTABLE
These five actors were extraordinary along with Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, and Tony Yazbeck
Q. Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Bryonha Marie Parham, Raphael Nash Thompson, and Chuck Cooper
Photograph of Jodie Foster by Barry Lategan
Myrna Loy, The Thin Man, directed by W.S. Van Dyke
In the mode of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, this serial In the Land of Start-Ups will introduce you to a fictional cast of San Francisco characters. Get ready for a new chapter each week in this narrative of loss and love and lust – and, yes, lucre. This week meet Cal whose lesbian mothers allowed the Radical Faerie who furnished his seed to name their son California.
My thoughts each day on the political climate in this country. Let’s make this one kind of “climate change” that can’t be denied. I want to hear your voices too – even those who disagree. Let’s keep the comments civil but lively. I look forward to our daily conversation.
This week read “Everybody Loved Billy,” a remembrance of my Juilliard classmate Billy DeAcutis who died of AIDS in 1991 and sweetly haunted our class reunion last week in New York City.
This is a photo of one of the hauntingly perfect portals to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch. Ali MacGraw wanted to take me there when I visited her in Santa Fe but our schedules didn’t conflate. I visited with other ghosts instead.