The Archives

In the Age of “Rocky Horror”
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 January 2010
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The real “Rocky Horror Picture Show” experience, as I came to know it, is something of my distant past — something from a long, long time ago, when God said “Let there be lips.” And there were. And they were good.

An Open Letter to Drew Barrymore, regarding “Whip It”
Posted in One Million Watts on 30 September 2009
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I’ve met hundreds of rollergirls and I think I know what you see in them, Drew: they’re tough and self-motivated. That’s why I haven’t yet seen your roller derby movie: I’m afraid to find out if you screwed it up.

The Hollywood Treatment
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 September 2009
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It was another hot, dusty Wednesday in LA. I was sitting in my office minding my own business, which is to say not minding much of anything at all. Business had been as brisk as an alpine snail race – uphill.

June Gloom
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 August 2009
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A marine layer had drifted in from the coast and made the City of Angels its resting place for the better part of June, lying on top of the town like a mother crocodile brooding its eggs.

The Plain Truth: Meeting Herve Villachaize
Posted in One Million Watts on 6 August 2009
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Dressed head-to-toe in stylish, coordinated black – the polar opposite of his “Fantasy Island” garb – Villachaize was every bit the man I’d expected him to be: polite, gentlemanly, and even revolutionary.

Kojak Didn’t Love Me
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 3 August 2009
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The year 1974 was a year of anxiety for me: the draft lottery, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and my traumatizing encounter with Telly “Kojak” Savalas.