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“Digging Deep” by Eric H. Cline— Answering Questions

Cline, Eric H. “Digging Deeper: How Archaeology Works”,  Princeton University Press, 2020.

Answering Questions

Amos Lassen

Archaeologist Eric H. Cline has conducted fieldwork around the world, from Greece and Crete to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. In “Digging Deeper”, Cline answers the questions that archaeologists are most frequently asked: “How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? How do you know what people from the past ate, wore, and looked like?” This volume has been adapted from Cline’s “Three Stones Make a Wall” and is filled insights and practical advice about what archaeology really is and how it works making it an essential primer on the art of the dig.

Cline answers these and other common questions about archaeology. It is meant for non-specialists with an interest in archaeology.

“Out of Place: A Memoir” by Edward W. Said— Memoir of a Modern Thinker

Said, Edward W. “Out of Place: A Memoir”, Vintage, 2000.

Memoir of a Modern Thinker

Amos Lassen

Edward W. Said was one of the most important intellectuals of our time. His story of exile is a celebration of an irrecoverable past.  In 1991, Said received a fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 that convinced him that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and in this memoir he rediscovers and shares with us the lost Arab world of his early years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt. 

Said writes about his family and his friends from his birthplace in Jerusalem, schools in Cairo, and summers in the mountains above Beirut, to boarding school and college in the United States, introducing us to a world of characters and eastern landscapes. He tells us of the confusion of identity that he experienced when he was young and his coming to terms with dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, an outsider. He was a perennial outsider.

Said brings is his own complex ideas and as he does, we understand them clearly.  He takes us through  some of the key events of his life that affected him the most. What really stands out is the compression with which his father enforced upon him and once that the effect  of that ended, ideas emerged in his university and early years. For a long time didn’t show that many hints of being a genius.

While the memoir is a bit self-indulgent , I realized that in it he reexamines himself. He lived in a tumultuous time as an Arab in America during the 50’s and 60’s. Intellectually he has made tremendous contributions to the world of thought but there will be those who wonder why his contributions to Palestine are not impressive. ,

Said’s mother was impetuous and his father was emotionally distant. He loved in constant fear of not living up to parental expectations, always out of place in the family and the institutions of society. His parents instituted a strict disciplinary regimen that stunted his growth as an independent and fulfilled man. He longed to escape his family life and then, his home disappeared as Egypt and Lebanon became increasingly xenophobic and sectarian, and Palestine was taken over.  War changed everything as did politics. For those of us who have taken our homes and identities for granted, this is the story of a homeless man who speaks a strange and foreign language. He moved  from one place to another as if there was no coming back.

Said writes very frankly about many personal things in his life, taking us to a different time despite all the taboos imposed by traditions and religion.

VP Joe Biden Joins Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross & Karamo for QueerX Live! on Revry for National Coming Out Day

VP Joe Biden Joins Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross & Karamo for QueerX Live! on Revry for National Coming Out Day
VINCINT set to headline the star-studded event featuring special performances by Shea Diamond, ROB.B “Heartthrob Robb”, Faultlines, Debby Holiday, and “Legendary” winners House of Balmain
Los Angeles, October 9, 2020 – Vice President Joe Biden and Queer Eye’s Karamo now join Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross, Carmen Carrera, Isiah Thomas, GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis, and other influential artists and advocates set to appear at Revry’s QueerX Live! award show brought to you by Lexus on National Coming Out Day, October 11th. Vice President Joe Biden will make a special address, expressing his dedication to preserving LGBTQ+ rights and encouraging audiences to get out the vote!
The Revry Visibility Award winners on QueerX Live! have contributed much to the LGBTQ+ community, furthering the cause towards equality and social inclusion. This year is even more special as some winners will be presented by their very own family: Jennifer Lopez will award her “nibbling”, Brendon Scholl, for courageously sharing their story in the documentary film, Draw With Me, and basketball legend and Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas will present the award to entrepreneur and activist son, Joshua ‘Zeke’ Thomas. Thomas also hosts–and produced with Co-Executive Producer EJ Jamele–the dynamic conversation series, Amplify Voices, which embraces intersectionality through entertainment, sports, politics, and allyship.
“Revry has never been or will ever be quiet about the political issues facing our community.” says Revry CEO, Damian Pelliccione. “We are passionate about activating our audience to vote on this important election, and are especially honored to host Vice President Joe Biden’s special address to our community along with other important messages from influential LGBTQ+ advocates.” 
QueerX 2020 | Teaser Trailer
With the theme “Rise Up”, QueerX Live! will also include political statements from social media influencers Blossom Brown and AmbersCloset to bolster the LGBTQ+ community during this vital political season. Karamo will also share his unique message about “letting people in” for this National Coming Out Day. The show will premiere globally for free on the Revry Networks and will screen the same day at a COVID-safe, pop-up drive-in taking place in Downtown Los Angeles and benefiting the community-focused non-profit, DTLA Proud. 
Tickets Available Now here.
Tune-In to QueerX Live! here 
Watch the QueerX Trailer here.
This star-studded show will also include screenings of the category winners from QueerX’s film festival competition, along with special musical performances by headliner, VINCINT, and Shea Diamond, ROB.B “Heartthrob Robb”, Faultlines, the premiere of the new “Stoli Serves Pride” anthem by chart-topping recording artist Debby Holiday, and a striking performance by the HBO Max Legendary ballroom winners, House of Balmain!  
The show will air Sunday, Oct. 11 at 5pm PST, 8pm EST for free on Revry, the LGBTQ+ streaming network, available globally at watch.revry.tv. For more information about QueerX, visit queerx.com. For Commercial Promos and Photo Assets click HERE.
Celebrities set to appear: 
Joe Biden
Jennifer Lopez
Angelica Ross
Isiah Thomas
Carmen Carrera 
Joshua “Zeke” Thomas
Sarah Kate Ellis
Brendon Scholl
Blossom Brown
Ambers Closet
Performances by: 
VINCINT
Shea Diamond
ROB.B “Heartthrob Robb”
Faultlines
House of Balmain
Debby Holiday
For the full month of October (LGBT History Month), the QueerX festival will stream as Revry’s newest live channel–QueerX TV–a free, 24/7 TV channel which will host all of the festival’s “Official Selections” including international LGBTQ+ films, digital series, and music videos. The QueerX Live! show will premiere on Revry across 250+ millions households & devices on the Revry apps–available in all major app stores (named “App of the Day” by the Apple App Store)–and on its 11 live TV channels on mainstream platforms (e.g. Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Comcast, etc.).
QueerX is proud to have Lexus as its Grand Sponsor. Other sponsorships include Final Draft and Tourist Office of Spain who will present the 2020 TourSpain Award. QueerX’s Advocate Partners include Stoli, Cheurlin Champagne and Tauriga, with Community Partners including DTLA Proud,Black Women Lead and Gayborhood Agency. Special thanks to Media Partners Getty/WireImage, L.A. Confidential Magazine, Out.com, Pride.com, The Advocate, Pride Media, Out Traveler, and HIV Plus Magazine.
ABOUT REVRY
Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Littlstar (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv,Revry.tv
ABOUT LEXUS
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers. www.facebook.com/lexus,www.twitter.com/lexus, www.youtube.com/LexusVehicles,www.instagram.com/lexususa

“THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY”— A Serial Killer

“THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY”

A Serial Killer

Amos Lassen

“A Cold Light of Day” is based on the story of serial killer Denis Nielsen (here named Jordan March), who disposed of at least 13 young loners and losers. March (Bob Flag) is arrested and claims that he did not mean to kill the boys— “It just happened”. Supposedly he had been traumatized by witnessing the death of his grandfather. March is brutal and boils heads, scoops out viscera and chops hands off and it is very upsetting.

It was the neighbors who had to deal with a penetrating smell that brought about the police investigation during which they found  find body parts in the sewer pipes of March’s apartment. He came across as friendly and inconspicuous civil service yet he confessed that he murdered and dismembered several young men.

The film is a low budge production yet it is an authentic look at a horrible crime. It was made during the same decade as the actual crimes took place. The 16mm photography is often grainy and dim, but it does capture the sleaziness of the late eighties in London night life. Most of the movie is spent in the filthy flat of the main character where he lures young and jobless drifters to terrible fates

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  Limited Edition of 2000 units

  Brand new 2K restoration from the original 16mm camera negative approved by director Fhiona-Louise

  Original uncompressed mono audio

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  Brand new audio commentary with writer/director Fhiona-Louise

  Brand new audio commentary with film historians/writers Dean Brandum and Andrew Nette

  Newly-filmed interview with actor Martin Byrne-Quinn

  Newly-filmed interview with actor Steve Munroe

  Original Cold Light of Day promo film made to raise financing for the feature

  Re-Release Trailer

  Two short films starring Cold Light of Day director Fhiona-Louise and photographed by Star Wars DP David Tattershall, newly restored in HD: Metropolis Apocalypse (1988, 11 mins) and Sleepwalker (1993, 2 mins)

  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

  Limited Edition Die-cut O-card

  Limited Edition collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jo Botting and a look at how the press reported Dennis Nilsen s real-life crimes by Jeff Billington.

Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross, Carmen Carrera, Isiah Thomas and GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis Set to Appear atQueerX Live! TV Special

 

Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross, Carmen Carrera, Isiah Thomas and GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis Set to Appear atQueerX Live! TV Special

LGBTQ+ Icons & Rising Stars Awarded on National Coming Out Day

 

Los Angeles, September 30, 2020 – Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross, Carmen Carrera, Isaiah Thomas, and GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis, are among the many influential advocates and artists to appear on Revry’s QueerX Live!awards show brought to you by Lexus on National Coming Out Day, October 11th. This star-studded show will include screenings of the category winners from QueerX’s film festival competition, along with special musical performances by VINCINT and ROB.B, the premiere of the new “Stoli Serves Pride” anthem by chart-topping recording artist Debby Holiday, and a striking performance by the HBO Max Legendary ballroom winners, House of Balmain!  

 

With the theme “Rise Up”, QueerX Live! will also include political statements from social media influencers Blossom Brown and Amber’s Closet to bolster the LGBTQ community during this vital political season, and the presentation of the annual Revry Visibility Awards which honors public figures who have proven to be on the front lines of queer advocacy this year. In addition, the show will also screen on National Coming Out Day at a COVID-safe, drive-in screening event, QueerX @ the Drive-In–a pop-up Drive-In in Downtown Los Angeles benefiting the community-focused non-profit, DTLA Proud. Tickets Available Now at: www.queerx.com

 

 

 

“Revry is excited to honor LGBT History Month by providing incredible content that not only entertains but sparks vital conversations inclusive of all the many important movements relevant to our community today,” says Revry CEO, Damian Pelliccione. “We know that representation saves lives. This festival, along with the premiere of QueerX Live! on National Coming Out Day, will share worldwide stories that inspire and help support our vast queer community.”  

 

The QueerX Live! show will premiere on Revry across 250+ millions households & devices on the Revry apps–available in all major app stores (named “App of the Day” by the Apple App Store)–and on its 11 live TV channels on mainstream platforms (e.g. Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Comcast, etc.).

 

For the full month of October, the QueerX festival will stream as Revry’s newest live channel–QueerX TV –a free, 24/7 TV channel which will host all of the festival’s “Official Selections” including international LGBTQ+ films, digital series, and music videos. Audiences will have the opportunity to screen all entries and vote, in real time from October 1st-4th, on their category favorites with the winners screened during QueerX Live! on the 11th. The globally streamed QueerX TV channel will also host other exclusive programming for the festival including Revry’s newest POC-driven panel series, Amplify Voices, and its annual Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest presented by Final Draft–giving creators the rare opportunity to pitch projects one-on-one to top industry producers and production companies. 

 

From Oct. 5th-10th, the boundary-pushing queer POC Revry Original panel series, Amplify Voices (promo here)–which explores the intersectionality of black and queer identity through the lens of entertainment, sports, politics, and allyship–will premiere and screen new episodes. Hosted by DJ, Activist, and Entrepreneur Joshua ‘Zeke’ Thomas, the programming will include panels with: openly gay US Ambassadors, James (Wally) Brewster, Rufus Gifford & James Costos; Political strategist / analyst, campaign manager and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile; Iconic creative Director & Talent Developer Laurianne Gibson; NBA Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas; World Cup Gold Medalist gymnast, Eddie Penev; trans musician, Mila Jam; drag star, Laganja Estranja; and more incredible voices.

 

 

QueerX is proud to have Lexus as its Grand Sponsor. Other sponsorships include Final Draft and Tourist Office of Spain who will present the 2020 TourSpain Award. QueerX’s Advocate Partners include StoliCheurlin Champagne and Tauriga, with Community Partners including DTLA Proud,Black Women Lead and Gayborhood Agency. Special thanks to Media Partners Getty/WireImage, L.A. Confidential MagazineOut.com,Pride.comThe Advocate, Pride MediaOut Traveler, and HIV Plus Magazine.

ABOUT REVRY

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Littlstar (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv,Revry.tv

 

ABOUT LEXUS

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers. www.facebook.com/lexus,www.twitter.com/lexus, www.youtube.com/LexusVehicles,www.instagram.com/lexususa

 

ABOUT STOLI® GROUP USA, LLC

Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Formed in 2013, Stoli Group USA is a subsidiary of SPI Group, based in Luxembourg, one of the world’s most dynamic wine and spirits organizations.

 

 

 

“Auxiliary: London 2039” by Jon Richter— A Good Detective

Richter, Jon. “Auxiliary: London 2039”, TCK Publishing, 2020.

A Good Detective

Amos Lassen

Jon Richter’s “Auxiliary: London 2039” is set, naturally in London in 2039. It is a time when people communicate through high-tech glasses and stay indoors with robots taking care of every desire. The lines between reality and steel are severely blurred and huge corporations seek dominance over humanity. In the middle of this is “The Imagination Machine (TIM): the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives.” It lacks a soul bit otherwise has everything humanity requires.

Carl Dremmler, police detective has a new case: a girl has supposedly been murdered by her boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss the case to be quickly wrapped up but  Dremmler cannot believe  the story of the alleged murderer—that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime and not him but it was caused by an advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull that is 
controlled by TIM.

Dremmler senses that there is a conspiracy that could destroy London if he does not expose the truth. He has to deal with desperate criminals, nasty businesswomen, deadly automatons and his own past in his attempts to solve the case. When he  questions TIM’s motives, he faces the fact that the machine, indeed, has no soul.

Writer Richter uses a murder mystery plot in order to show the best and worst of the human race as it relates to the development of Artificial Intelligence. He examines the human relationship with robots. We see the role of AI in our lives and in this novel how TIM controls all of our processes through a chip implanted in our skulls. We really feel the sense of losing control and that we are in the hands of big-brother. It is quite scary that the freedom of choice is non-existent. Through a murder mystery as the background, we see the characters as they explore society in all of its aspects including government and big business.

This is a story that is propelled by the effect of AI on society and in which the characters are just there to show its power. We get an idea of what we might expect in the future and it is frightening. We look at how the decisions we make affect society.

Richter brings together detective noir, cyberpunk, and science-fiction. Dremmler, the main character is here to show us how one copes in a society such as this. We have robots replacing people in most jobs have replaced most jobs and because of that what we know as humanity is no more.

As Dremmler and his partner investigate, he suspects that things are not as they seem. How could TIM have caused murder if it was not hacked? Dremmler is quite sure that there’s a conspiracy at the bottom of it all. He is hampered by those in the police hierarchy and certain massive IT corporations. If it’s proven that TIM was indeed hacked, this could destroy public trust in AI and panic and upheaval would follow. Dremmler and his partner work under the radar, and as they uncover more, the situation becomes dire and deadly.

Generally, I am not a sci-fi reader but this story pulled me in and had me turning pages as quickly as possible. I seem to constantly come upon twists and turns in the plot and at times fearing what the next sentence would say. The abrupt ending left me in quite a state.

“Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die” by Steven Nadler— What We Can Learn from Spinoza

Nadler, Steven. “Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die”, Princeton University Press, 2020.

What We Can Learn from Spinoza

Amos Lassen

At my Temple, I am often referred to as a Spinoza adherent because I try to maintain that what once caused Spinoza so much trouble has actually come to be. Yet one of the aspects of his philosophy I have never really studied before Steven Nadler’s “Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die” are his views on death.

In 1656, Spinoza was excommunicated from Amsterdam’s Portuguese-Jewish community for “abominable heresies” and “monstrous deeds.” He had abandoned his family’s import business to dedicate his life to philosophy. He soon became notorious across Europe for his views on God, the Bible, and miracles, as well as for his total defense of free thought. This “radicalism” of Spinoza’s views has long hidden that his reason for turning to philosophy was to answer one of the most urgent questions of humanity: How can we lead a good life and enjoy happiness in a world without a providential God? Here, Steven Nadler connects Spinoza’s ideas with his life and times to give us a compelling account of how Baruch Spinoza can provide a guide to living one’s best life.

In his “Ethics”, Spinoza gives us his vision of the ideal human being, the “free person” who is motivated by reason and who lives a life of joy devoted to what is most important that is, to oneself and others. Passions such as hate, greed, and envy are of no concern and free people treat others with benevolence, justice, and charity. The focus is on the rewards of goodness and pleasures are enjoyed in moderation. This free person thinks least of all of death and his wisdom is a meditation on life and not death. Nadler shows how Spinoza’s ideas still provide valuable insights about how to live today.

This is an introduction to Spinoza’s moral philosophy and  examines the question of what constitutes a good human life.Here is Spinoza as a moral philosopher along with his often overlooked contributions to traditional ethical subjects like death and suicide.

This book analyzes the core points in Spinoza’s Ethics regarding living as a “free person” and dying as one. Spinoza  advocates the “logical life”, free of outside passions, but since this seems unattainable, he presents the closest mortal counterpart. Nadler focuses on putting Spinoza’s writings into perspective. 

Nadler addresses the paradoxes of Spinoza’s philosophy and presents a look at a philosophical approach that does not reach the non-academic word. The book explores the last three parts of Spinoza’s “Ethics” in whichSpin­oza lays out a pan­the­is­tic con­cep­tion of God, a God who is every­thing and syn­ony­mous with nature. Spinoza’s con­cep­tion of God andnot how we should act in light of that God is the main thrust.

After briefly explain­ing Spinoza’s the­o­log­i­cal frame­work, Nadler explores a num­ber of issues that come out of  it, includ­ing what makes a per­son free, how to live an hon­est life, the nature of a good friend­ship, and the ide­al atti­tude toward death. Even with this, Spin­oza remains dif­fi­cult and so it is important to read this book carefully.  This is an indis­pens­able book for any­one inter­est­ed in learn­ing about Spin­oza and one we can all use to bet­ter under­stand the peo­ple we seek to be and the  lives that we hope we can live.

“Truthtelling: Stories, Fables, Glimpses” by Lynne Sharon Schwartz— Looking at New Yorkers

Schwartz, Lynne Sharon. “Truthtelling: Stories, Fables, Glimpses”, Delphinium, 2020.

Looking at New Yorkers

Amos Lassen

Let me start by saying that I am not much of a short story reader but with that said, I have to say that I totally enjoyed Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s “Truthtelling” and not only because of her wonderful prose but because I read them at a time when we are all looking for hope. So many of us are facing a new way of life in which dreams have been shattered and we face new kinds of problems every day. Reading how others deal with this made me see myself differently. I found compassion within myself that I was unaware even existed anymore (I thought I was “compassioned” out). We all make decisions that are not the best and it is always easier to see that in others than in ourselves.

I do not want to go into details about each story because that usually means that I have to choose a favorite and they are all my favorites. We see how decisions influence our lives and even change them. Through the stories we escape, for a while, at the sad and scary realities that we are facing yet we also see that we are all alike.

“Daddy” by Michael Montack— Our Fathers

Montlack, Michael. “Daddy”, NYQ, 2020.

Our Fathers

Amos Lassen

Michael Montlack’s  new collection of poems, “Daddy” is a tribute to the daddies in our lives and more specifically to his own daddies. I found myself redefining “daddy” as I read and the part of daddy I have played for others in my life. Many people in our lives are daddies to us in one way or another. We see those various father figures through poems that are political, personal, humorous, sexy and even silly. Montlack’s “daddies” include a “dramatic twin sister, mysterious birth mother, aloof ex-boyfriend, even Stevie Nicks and Medusa”.

We have all begun to see gender, these days, as a social construct and with Montlack, we see that daddies do not have to be male. To understand those who were his daddies, Montlack examines his own family and himself as a gay male and as an adopted child. He also looks at himself as a daddy, “Hey, Daddy, can I buy you a beer?”

The poet has said that what he knows of masculinity, he learned from his mother. The poet also includes his chosen family— members from all walks of life including Stevie Nicks and Fire Island’s “Cherry Grove Carla”. We are taken to nightclubs and to rural Vermont to the places that are important to his becoming who he is as well as the places of the imagination. We, likewise, see the larger picture of life and thoughts on morality.  There are profound thoughts here.

I love the tour of gay life that we take with all of its joys and sorrows, the friendships and the loss of friends. We arrive at self-acceptance after quite a journey and to self-realization expressed in gorgeous lines of poetry. Above all else, what is here is humanity, the sense of belong to something bigger than all of us. Just as Montlack defines and redefines himself, we do the same as his lines lead us to introspect. Reality through humor and irony bring us to better understand ourselves and to recognize the daddies of the world. By bringing desire and identity, family and how we live we see the truth of who we are.

“It’s all packaging. Sugary

Glaze on a stale donut. Like

selecting the perfect outfit

to wear to an orgy— no,

 simply deliver me

the way I came in.

I have always found that poetry gives me the impetus to think about what I have rarely, if ever, thought about before. That is certainly the case here and I shall be thinking for quite a long time.

‘The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry— Hosted by Talk Radio Icon Karel from his Virtual Pub, Streams Globally September 13th

The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry

Hosted by Talk Radio Icon Karel from his Virtual Pub, Streams Globally September 13th

September 8, 2020 (Hollywood, CA) – Hugh Jackman, Janelle MonáeRegina KingPose sensation and fashion trailblazer Billy Porter, groundbreaking trans actress Laverne CoxSchitt’s Creek star Dan Levy and vaunted political satirist John Oliver are among the slew of actors, comics and performers lending cheer to GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ inaugural Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revryairing Sunday, September 13th on the first LGBTQ+ global streaming network Revry.

In the two-hour star-studded virtual event, hosted by famously opinionated entertainer and talk show host Karel, fans will find out which stars and TV shows the LGBTQ+ organization’s 270 members deemed the best, most visually stunning and even campiest of the past TV season. In addition to raising a glass to the honorees—many of whom delight in virtual acceptance videos—GALECA members discuss the nominees’ merits and even controversies (Randy Rainbow and Tiger King don’t get off lightly).

 

Going into Revry’s September 13th special, star and co-creator Dan Levy’s riches-to-rags comedy Schitt’s Creek leads the pack with seven nominations, while Hollywood whiz Ryan Murphy’s ambitious, star-studded reimagining of Tinseltown’s early days sashays down the red carpet with six nods. The fact-based TV movie Bad Education and daring miniseries Watchmen each have four Dorian nominations, with the HBO titles’ respective stars, Jackman and King, earning best performance nominations. Singer and actress Monáe, now seen in the centuries-spanning horror film Antebellum, and Porter share a nomination for TV Musical Performance of the Year for their vibrant opening number in this year’s Academy Awards telecast. The full list of contenders, across 14 categories, can be found at DoriansToast.com.

Helping present the TV Dorians: Drag icon Shangela (star of HBO’s We’re Here), What We Do in the Shadows’ vampire-slayer Harvey GuillénDailyMailTV and Gay Good News host and groundbreaking cable news anchor Thomas Roberts; actor and music artist Alex Newell (Glee and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars champion Chad Michaels; multi-hyphenate Josh Thomas of the hit Freeform sitcom, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; actress-comedian Margaret Cho; veteran talk radio host and Sexy Liberal podcast network founder Stephanie Miller; legendary saxophonist Dave Koz; acclaimed actress and jazz singer Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black); rising stars Rafael Casal and Kate Rose Wilburn; and iconic comic Bruce Vilanch. Revry personalities Shira Lazar and Andy Lalwani, of the news and pop culture series What’s Trending, will also be on deck offering insightful commentary.

 

“It’s really incredible how the industry has so positively responded to our show,” said outspoken host and producer, Karel (otherwise known as Charles Karel Bouley). “While COVID has definitely created challenges, it’s also strangely brought us together in a global way: We’ve got Alex Newell in Canada, Laverne Cox in New York, Lea DeLaria in LA, Margaret Cho in her back yard and even a surprise from Ireland! A pub is a place that brings people together, and we think Oscar Wilde would approve of our virtual Plan B.”

 

“Revry is honored to host the exclusive premiere of the star-studded Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry and to stream the show worldwide on our queer network,” said Christopher J. Rodriguez, Esq., Revry co-founder and CBO. “We believe that representation saves lives and while our network focuses on uplifting LGBTQ+ entertainment within queer culture, GALECA has been essential in pushing the broader entertainment industry towards increased representation of LGBTQ+ people in mainstream media. This partnership creates the perfect bridge between these two worlds and allows GALECA and Revry to honor our allies in the industry on a network made by and for our community.”

 

The Society’s Dorian Awards, which in the past have gone to both film and television titles combined, announced the nominees for its first separate Dorian TV Awards on June 30. The Dorians are awarded to both general and LGBTQ content, reminding bigots, bullies and at-risk youth that the world looks to the Q eye for leads on great entertainment.

 

“With September being Suicide Prevention Month and next month being LGBTQ History Month, this is a lovely and loving time to celebrate not just great television, but also how ‘rainbow’ journalists have boosted Hollywood from day one,” said John Griffiths, GALECA.org’s Executive Director and Founder. “Be they black, Latinx, indigenous, white, bi, trans, nonbinary or several of the above, queer entertainment critics and reporters have a distinct perspective born of their culture and oppression that has shaped all of the arts for the better. People should know that—and they will thanks to Revry.”

 

GALECA members offering their opinions in what host Karel calls his “virtual pub” include Tre’vell Anderson (Cohost, Maximum Fun’s FANTI podcast), Kevin Fallon (Senior Writer, The Daily Beast), Eric Andersson (Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine), Tracy E. Gilchrist (Co-Editor in Chief, The Advocate), Liz Shannon Miller (Senior TV Editor, Collider), Dino-Ray Ramos (Associate Editor, Deadline), Erik Anderson (Editor in Chief of Awards Watch), Jose Bastidas (Assistant Entertainment Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle), Tariq Raouf (Entertainment Queerlypodcast), as well as freelance journalists Ren Jender, Manuel Betancourt, Topher Gauk-Roger and Griffiths (former longtime TV critic for Us Weekly).

 

Chiming in as well with lively comments are former CNN Headline News show host Jane Velez-Mitchell, legendary showbiz columnist Michael Musto and Revry co-founder Wadooah Wali, all GALECA Advisory Board members. The Emmy-winning Velez-Mitchell, now a crusader for animal rights, veganism and the environment via her #JaneUnchained initiative, is one of five media experts to recently join the Society’s list of advisors. The others are Shane Michael Singh, former executive editor of Playboy turned brand partnerships and development manager at the LGBTQ youth charity The Trevor Project; groundbreaking black film critic and former VH1 talk show host Bobby Rivers; Nick McCarthy, director of programming for the NewFest LGBTQ film festival; and Gil Robertson, co-founder and president of the African American Film Critics Association.

 

The show is produced and created by Karel.Media, whose creative team includes Brandon Riley Miiller (High the Series, Life In Segments) and talent liaison Makiko Ushiyama, with awards design by Karel and Jason Young of Pearl Image. The special includes an original theme tune: The cozy and festive “Toast,” with music by Morgan Mallory and lyrics by Karel. Viewers can also hear what Karel calls a “power-pub” version of the song, “Toast 2,” performed by Las Vegas-based Irish band The Black Donnellys, featuring a new melody and an added stanza by Donnelly’s frontperson Dave Rooney.

 

And the Dorians special will include a special message from siblings Rosanna and David Arquette in support of the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation and its missions to offer care and support of the LGBTQ+ community and reflect its namesake’s belief that the arts can transform lives.

 

The show will air Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8pm EST, 5pm PST for free on Revry, the LGBTQ+ streaming network, available globally at watch.revry.tv. For more information about the Society and its Dorians Toast, visit GALECA.org and DoriansToast.com. For Commercial Promos and Photo Assets click HERE.

 

Celebrities set to appear:

 

Hugh Jackman

Regina King

Rafael Casal

Margaret Cho

Laverne Cox

Lea DeLaria

Harvey Guillén

Dave Koz

Dan Levy

Damon Lindelof

Chad Michaels

Stephanie Miller

Annie Murphy

Michael Musto

Alex Newell

John Oliver

Janell Monáe

Billy Porter

Shangela

Thomas Roberts

Fiona Shaw

Josh Thomas

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Bruce Vilanch

Kate Rose Wilburn

 

About GALECA

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards, a nonprofit professional organization, was founded in 2009. Today, GALECA consists of 270 active critics and journalists who write on entertainment for major and distinctly unique media outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Visit GALECA.org for more info, and support us @DorianAwards on Twitter and Facebook and @Dorian_Awards on Instagram. 

 

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics is a member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance of underrepresented entertainment journalists and Time’s Up’s CRITICAL database. For more information, visit CGEMCritics.org

 

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