it’s just a little thing, but how fun to be acknowledged in vanity fair. the topics, tech/social media + the times as seen from my decades-spanning perspective plus a response to a piece that reduces “50 shades” the stuff of crayons, makes for a fun pop-sociological contribution.
january 2015: here is my original, unedited (“for length”) letter to the editor responding to a piece by james wolcott. you can click on the pic to read the published version.
— ‘I so feel both James Wolcott’s fascination and pain in the December issue’s “Me, My Selfie & I.”
april 2014: how fun is this, to have this letter to the editor published, & no less about an article entitled “the thin end of the whip,” a portrayal of france’s “most notorious dominatrix”?
February’s VF feature article, “France’s most notorious Dominatrix” picks up in the space of a few eloquent paragraphs where the blockbuster “50 Shades of Gray,” with its cheesy text, weak-tea-drinking/robo-O-ing heroine and “tragic” (He can be fixed! He can be redeemed!) antagonist trickles off. Toni Bentley’s portrayal of Catherine Robbe-Grillet and her mostly nameless, faceless but oh, so passionate minions left me feeling like I had had a real peek into a world so dark, so lush as to leave me wondering, just a little, if I and the rest of us daylight seekers were missing something, or at least missing out in some small way. The bonds depicted so overrode the bondage as to be enlightening. And the dark, tangential connections to the religified, mystical imprinting that yet drives Robbe-Grillet to do much and live as she does sound almost healthy when contrasted with the histories, legends and ills connected to the world’s great religions, for in Robbe-Grillet’s universe, all are adults and in full agreement.