Laila Robins

July 3, 2015

(Another posting on a performer who’s given me pleasure.)

In Murder in the First, season 2 (currently in progress), the character Jamie Nelson is a lawyer who takes up the energetic defense of a murderer; she’s also a lesbian in an interracial relationship, with a woman who sees Jamie’s return to courtroom work as consuming her life and threatening their life together. Jamie is played by Laila Robins, who looked familiar to me, though at first I couldn’t place her.

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NYRB GbN

July 3, 2015

In the NYRB of 7/10/15, p. 46, in “Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame?’ by Bill McKibben (relevant bit boldfaced):

(1) the geology of the region is bowl-shaped: beneath the glaciers the ground slopes downward, meaning that water can and is flooding underneath them.

Modals like can govern the BSE form of their complements (water can flood underneath them); the auxiliary verb be governs the PRP form of its complement (water is flooding underneath them); so when can and is are coordinated, there is no verb form for the complement VP that satisfies both requirements. Quite commonly, speakers and writers (even in formal written contexts like NYRB) opt to satisfy only one of the requirements, the one imposed by the nearer V: this is government by the nearest (GbN).

I’ve grown accustomed to many occurrences of GbN, but some strike me as particularly jarring, I’m not sure why, and this is one of those cases.

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More gratuitous shirtlessness

July 3, 2015

After two postings yesterday featuring hunky shirtless men, this morning I confronted the following fellow on Facebook:

(#1)

I call him Mr. Chicago — for the City of Broad/Big Shoulders, those shoulders being the feature that makes him stand out among the legion of highly developed hunky men whose photos you can find on the net.

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Pecs, abs, and dancing

July 2, 2015

It seems to be one of those weeks. Just after Chris Pratt, we get Magic Mike and his Sexy Gang of Six, reveling in their shirtlessness:

Magic Mike XXL: from left, Stephen Boss (also known as tWitch), Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum and Adam Rodriguez in this comedy directed by Gregory Jacobs

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Initialisms, raunchy and not

July 2, 2015

An image posted by actor/director Chris Pratt on his Facebook page:

(#1)

The initialistic abbreviation BJ stands for Beijing here, but of course blowjob will come first to many people’s minds — even though then the t-shirt should go

I ♥︎
BJs

And there are more possibilities; it’s in the nature of abbreviations to be multiply ambiguoua.

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Briefly: a catamitic misreading

July 2, 2015

Another “out of the corner of the eye” misreading, from the front page of the NYT yesterday (July 1st). What I thought I saw was the teaser head

A Love Tested by Catamites

As I tried to imagine how the story went, I focused more carefully on the page, and saw the head

A Love Tested by Calamities

And then I wondered about the history of catamite.

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The stray bar

July 1, 2015

A cartoon by Dan Reynolds:

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A cute pun on gay bar, plugged into the “I didn’t realize this was a gay bar” meme.

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Another Zippy candidate

July 1, 2015

Today’s Zippy has Griffy interviewing another candidate for the position of Zippy’s character actor:

I’ve been passing on these interview strips — see the posting “Auditioning to be Zippy” — because of what they suggest about how the cartoonist views his character (in this case, as someone who lacks a filter on his thoughts). Unfortunately, this candidate balked at the Surgery Clause.

Dressing for Independence

July 1, 2015

(Nothing about language, beyond the rhyme in the ad. It’s gay man stuff.)

From Channel 1 Releasing (the gay porn studio), an ad for their 4th of July sale: steamy, silly, patriotic:

Muscleman Landon Conrad doing a red, white, and blue cock-tease routine.

Conrad is a famously versatile sexual performer. He’s been on AZBlogX three times, all in connection with orgies: depicted (with some bio material) in connection with The Guys Next Door, Part 1; in a busy sexual scrum in a posting on Aspen VI; and mentioned in a posting on a gang scene in Hole 1. He plays well with others.

Declaring your race

July 1, 2015

In the NYT on the 28th, this piece, “Driven by Love or Ambition, Slipping Across the Color Line Through the Ages” by Rachel L. Swarns, about white people who have declared themselves to be black, with a photo captioned:

Clarence King, a Yale-educated white man who worked as a geologist in the 1800s and dined at the White House, lived a secret life as James Todd, a black train porter with a wife and five children in Brooklyn.

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