Love this interview with Tommy Krasker about an insane-sounding 1946 flop musical (Sweet Bye and Bye) with an even crazier backstage story but with gorgeous songs by Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash. Krasker is finally realizing a 25-year-old dream of releasing a studio cast recording of the score.
This German music video is 1000% Yes.
Deichkind - Ich betäube mich ft. Sarah Walker (by DeichkindVEVO)
I’ve been obsessed with the brown butter cinnamon rolls at Baker & Banker, a bakery and restaurant that’s a few blocks off Fillmore. They are a combination of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had, reminiscent of fresh yeasty sweet rolls from my youth in Illinois, with a brown butter frosting that makes me want to lick the waxed paper.
This morning, I decided I’d make my own low-rent (or, if I’m being generous, Semi-Homemade) version. A few cursory glances at online recipes made me confident that I could pull it off.
First, it’s very easy to make brown butter. All you do is melt a stick in a saucepan, then continue stirring on medium heat until it turns brown. It took about five minutes, all told.
Then I took out some refrigerator crescent rolls (don’t judge me), and filled them with a drop or two of the melted brown butter and some cinnamon sugar.
While the crescent rolls cooked (about 10 minutes on 375º), I made some frosting. I dumped about 3/4 of a container of powdered sugar in with the brown butter, and stirred it up. I decided to toss in a bit of the cinnamon sugar, and maybe a tablespoon or so of milk.
Once the rolls were done, I added some of the frosting. It instantly melted, turning more into a glaze. At any rate, it was almost a perfect match for the flavor of the Baker & Baker frosting. The rolls were nowhere near as good as the original, but we were happy enough to eat them hot out of the oven. I gotta say: for such a simple recipe, these rolls turned out surprisingly good.
I put the leftover frosting in a container for the fridge. I’m not sure what we’ll frost with these (I think the only sweet things in the kitchen are oreos), but I’m sure we’ll think of something.
When I logged in to Twitter this morning, I noticed a new avatar thumbnail in the list of people that I follow. I clicked on it, and realized it belonged to someone who has been offline for years but who I’ve missed and worried about for a while.
The odd thing was: I wasn’t following him, and he wasn’t following me. It was a tiny glitch that let me know he’s back online and apparently tweeting and blogging again.
And for that I’m grateful.
A sonnet in Oscar Wilde’s handwriting, titled “The Grave of Keats”, sent to Emma Speed, Keats’ niece. Dated March 21st 1882, which was during Wilde’s yearlong tour of America.
The Grave of Keats
Rid of the world’s injustice, and his pain,
He rests at last beneath God’s veil of blue:
Taken from life when life and love were new
The youngest of the martyrs here is lain,
Fair as Sebastian, and as early slain.
No cypress shades his grave, no funeral yew,
But dim-grew violets weeping with the dew
Weave on his bones an ever-blossoming chain.
O proudest heart that broke for misery!
O sweetest lips since those of Mitylene!
O poet-painter of our English Land!
Was thy name writ in water? It shall stand:
And tears like mine shall keep thy memory green,
As Isabella did her Basil-tree.
Much like Trannyshack itself.
This photo of Free Comic Book Day by Gwen makes me unspeakably happy.
Discover a World of Sounds: Mary Finds Love. Andrew Dupuy puts together “an hour-long radio program combining early Girl Group music, educational shorts from the 50’s/60’s, saccharine instrumentals, and a huge dose of melodrama.”
I remember running into Dupuy at the Castro Street Fair a few years ago, and totally geeking out to him about his Crossover:The Sounds of Dolly Parton 1977-1980 episode of Discover a World of Sounds, which I found via Scrubbles (of course).
“Weird Al” Yankovic - Perform This Way (by alyankovic)
Gaga refused to let Weird Al release the song; if he had, all the proceeds would have gone to the Human Rights Campaign. Here’s his blog post about it.
Update: Oops, turns out Al can release the song after all.
Just want to issue my congrats to Justin Hall for his well-deserved Lambda Literary Award nomination for Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny. I went to the crowded book launch at Mission Comics back in December.
Glamazonia is from Northwest Press, a relatively new publisher specializing in LGBT comics. Amazingly, two Northwest titles were nominated for Lambda Literary Awards: Jon Macy was nominated for his graphic novel Teleny and Camille, an adaptation of the work usually attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle.