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In the Age of “Rocky Horror”
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.