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“UNDER THE GLASS” (1992)

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Did you RFanatix know that your’s true appeared in a 1992 documentary titled “Under The Glass?” Directed by @TimothyShary , thirty 20-somethings obsess about being defined by others. If you’re a glutton for Gen X self-absorption watch all 102 minutes, or you can scroll to the good parts which are me talking. https://youtu.be/rJxwcAeMKUg

RF Brown Guests on Full Cast And Crew Podcast

NETWORK, US lobbycard, bottom from left clockwise: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Peter Finch, 1976

The 1975 film Network is a magnificently crafted commentary on the news media and its audience. It’s a disturbing prediction of how society is mediated today. The film was also a seminal part of my personal media literacy. I talk all about this as a guest on the podcast Full Cast And Crew. Don’t worry, it’s funny too.

Download this episode and subscribe to @fullcastandcrew.  podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/74-network-1976/id1438276325?i=1000470977181

Underused: Baby Names *** Non-Binary

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Binary gender is like disco: it had one stroke, got uncool fast, and it is never coming back. Today, young millennials and Gen-Zs are genderqueer, third gender, neutrois, gender fluid, and a lot of other delightfully confusing identities. The pink or blue dialectic is boring and hegemonic (I’m talking to you, Cis, with your repressive gender-reveal videos). I do not know what we are calling the cohort after Gen-Z, but if you are about to bring a baby in this non-normative world, you better start accepting that the new way to fit in is to not fit in. Don’t know how demonstrate your awareness? I am here to help with a list of non-gender normative baby names:
Mirror
Starbuck
Rondo
Shawarma
Linen
Waterloo
Sorghum
Fox
Mulder
Pike
Peyote
Manilow
Relish
Loyal
Denim
Maple
Harvest
Kiosk
Placid
Beyond
Phylum
Harare
Tibet
Valise

THE SOUL IN STUFF – flash essay by RF Brown

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When you lose your mother but you inherit a headache. My thoughts on grief and “things” in a flash essay appears in Variety Pack, Issue 1: http://www.Varietypack.net

Before my mother died from a long cancer struggle she had many infirm months to reckon the future of family heirlooms. My husband and I traveled across the country to Colorado for the last goodbye, and after Mom’s memorial we had to solve getting our assigned heirlooms home to Rhode Island…. https://varietypack.net/issue-i/

 

 

UNCLAIMED: Thai Restaurant Names

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Thai Phoon, Mai Thai, Thai Tanic–All names of real Thai restaurants. Small town, big town, every town has a Thai place that is open late night and Christmas Day with a corny name on the sign. Recently I had occasion to be in the metropolis of Mattydale, New York (population 315). It was late on a Sunday night and I experienced an adequate meal at the fabulously named Thai Love New York. The place gave me an idea. If you are about to go into the Thai restaurant business, I want to encourage you to focus your energies on a delicious menu. I’ve already helped by coming up with a list of cutesy restaurant names you are free to select from:

Thai A Yellow Ribbon
Thai In My Eye
I’m In Love With A Wonderful Thai
Thai Oh My
Thai, Thai, Love
Thai Me Up
The Good Thai Girl
Live And Let Thai
Thai Sweet Lord
Bolo Thai
Thai Me A River
The Long Good Thai
Catch Her In The Thai
Lord Knows Thai
Thai Heals All Wounds

UNCLAIMED: Stage Names For Gender Nonconforming Drag Performers

drag1Awareness of gender identity has become so heightened, even drag shows have begun to look normative. But what if They wants to lipps inc “Born This Way” at Bushwig and still be recognized as third gender? Here are some stage name suggestions for such great bold performers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Pansexual
Billy Queen King
Dyke Van Dick
Penis De Milo
Ginger Roger
Twercules
Steve Marie Saint
Roosevelt Queer
Va Va Groom
Mx. Goodbar
Mama Casstrato
Duke of Gurl
Blast Femme
GashFag
Verse Vice-a
Guess!
Gal Pachino
Twisted Non-Cister
Cunt Fusion
4Star Gender Roll
Shenormal Twain
Legs Benedick
Weiner Herzhog
Miss Combobulated

UNCLAIMED: Drag Queen Indentities

I admit it, when I was little boy I went through a phase of trying on my mother’s jewelry and makeup. My mother, despite having a full supply of natural brunette hair, even had a brunette wig for me to play with (Was my mother secretly a Saturday night diva?). Though I never stopped using artificial beauty to lure a man, eventually I did put the high-heeled shoes back on their trees and the wig back on its foam bust. There is a little part of me that still fantasizes what it would be like to live beyond gender in la cage aux folles, and here are some drag queen identities I might never dare to adopt:

Cocoa Vain

Sherry Blossoms

Ebola Gay

Caroline A. Panthurs

Fatty Tissues

Yuletide Carole

Ruffles

Cathy Ole

Sharon D’Night

Madge Ick

Bacon Rouge

Halle Burton

Beefsteak Charlene

Fanny Packed

Ginger Roger

Pasta Prima Vera

Penis De Milo

Dyke Van Dick

Mess K. Lynn

Rosetta Stone

Nasty Queen Cold