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Jeff Guard

I love this sub area of design and architecture. These signs that were once sparkly and vibrant are now like old tattered postcards you find in your grandmother's attic of place that is no more. So interesting! Great post.


spent last night watching leonardo de caprio play a fey little homewrecking rimbaud,in "total eclipse"wondering why i do not see very many positive gay romances on screen(humor me).made me think back to a few weeks ago when i saw "Were the world Mine"everyone loves this movie ,i thought it reeked of the gay as selfish child that needs to be cajoled and ultimately controlled syndrome.I detest being tolerated.
I wondered When will two men love unapologetically ,without damaging everyone around them on screen.When will the historical affronts of strieghts against gays be depicted.Why are so many films about us tragedies as opposed to affirmations?
are they a warning to the youth like my mothers showing of the AIDS toll on the cover of the new york post when i was an adolescent.

Do u think perhaps that these photo's are metaphorical for the american dream,lots of bright blooming signs rotting underneath because they are inanimate,cut off from nature,running from rot and unlike nature will never be able to regenerate itself.will allways be only victims of nature,for rot is nature.
do you think perhaps the reason why empires fail is because they do not embrace true human nature,that they live in signs and symbols and abstractions.Power becomes there pasttime as opposed to creation and acceptance that none of us are immortal or can be fully controlled.
these decaying landscapes,are they not symbolic of our true disinterest in anything but our immediate needs,our disrespect for the "ancient truths"for the environment.

The Gay Recluse

Hey orinink! I agree with you about the movies, although to me the issue is presenting gay characters rooted more in truth than stereotype -- which may or may not entail destroying everyone around them -- yet for some reason it seems impossible for most filmmakers to deliver anything resonating in the former more than the latter. Not sure exactly why! As for the photos, I agree that they are metaphors for the American dream, but my sense is that empires ultimately fail because the only way to truly learn about oneself is through resignation and defeat (in short, the Wotan myth applies pretty much everywhere.)


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A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an uorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.

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