Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Other News

California man makes bad writing judges cringe with delight
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - A retired mechanical designer with a penchant for poor prose took a tired detective novel scene and made it even worse, earning him top honors in San Jose State University's annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for bad writing.

Jim Guigli of Carmichael submitted 64 entries into the contest. The judges were most impressed, or revolted perhaps, by his passage about a comely woman who walks into a detective's office.

"Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body said you've had your last burrito for a while, whose face said angels did exist, and whose eyes said she could make you dig your own grave and lick the shovel clean," Guigli wrote.

Read the rest on Mercury News.

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Corporate giants flock to Gay Games
Well-heeled, loyal consumer a winner for advertisers
William Spain, MarketWatch

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Even before any weights are lifted, laps swum or races run, the Gay Games VII is looking like a big winner.

With more than $10 million worth of sponsorships already in hand -- and the possibility of a few million more to come -- this year's version of the alternative quadrennial sports competition is already the all-time money champion for any gay event in history.

The Games, featuring a lineup of many of the same sports seen at the Olympics, runs July 15-22 after kicking off at Chicago's Soldier Field. The Games has attracted a blue-chip roster of companies eager to hawk their brands -- and no event to date is more indicative of how mainstream firms have abandoned any inhibitions about marketing to gays.

Among the hundreds of sponsors pouring cash and in-kind support into the Games are American Airlines, Walgreen, PepsiCo, Kraft, The New York Times, Cendant's, Viacom's, Disney's, ESPN and Ernst & Young.

Read the rest on MarketWatch.

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Graphic Novel Review: Alan Moore's Lost Girls
Nik Dirga

There's rarely a consensus when it comes to creativity, but ask comic book fans who the greatest writer of modern times is and one name will keep popping up again and again – Alan Moore. His library of comic work is legendary – Watchmen, V For Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell and many more. Few have combined so well the traditions of fine literature with the conventions of comics, and fewer still have strained the borders of the comic panel like Moore and his collaborators. Again and again, Moore has pushed comics to be more than many thought they could be, tackling race, power, mythology and politics.

Now, in his latest, the massive magnum opus Lost Girls drawn by his fiancee Melinda Gebbie, Moore zeroes in on one topic guaranteed to draw eyeballs – sex.

Lost Girls is a tremendous project, a set of three elaborately designed, oversized 112-page hardcover volumes to be published by Top Shelf Productions next month. It could scarcely be more designed to get attention, because in his sweeping examination of sex, lust and desire, Moore appropriates three of children's literature's most beloved heroines – from Alice in Wonderland, a grown-up, middle-aged Alice; from Peter Pan, the girl Wendy now a buttoned-up married woman; and from Wizard Of Oz, a sexed-up young adult Dorothy Gale.

Read the rest on Blogcritics.org.

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