Weird Germany: Pfand Bottles

In Weird Germany by Jay Bell

Recycling is sexy! Unfortunately it isn’t a perfect system. You never get 100% of the material back, but it’s still much better than being wasteful. The clever Germans have found a way of getting it all back by reusing bottles. Every beer or cola you drink in Germany comes from a previously used bottle that has been put through a …

Big Gay Movie Review: L.I.E.

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

L.I.E., short for Long Island Expressway, is the story of a 15 year-old boy who finds himself drowning in a brutal and ignorant world. The first half hour focuses on Howie Blitzer ( played by Paul Dano) coming to terms with his affections for petty thief and hustler Gary (Billy Kay). Howie is unable to resist Gary’s allure, joining him …

The World’s First: Photograph

In Random by Jay Bell

This series will document the first know existence of items that are considered common place. The best example of this is the world’s first photograph. With digital cameras built into our phones and always accessible, it’s rare that we regard the capturing of images as anything special. Back in 1826 it was unheard of. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce was the first …

Editing is Such Sweet Sorrow

In Books, Loka Legends by Jay Bell

The idea of editing used to terrify me. I always imagined my novel would be sent to the editor and come back different–no doubt better–but changed in so many little ways that it wouldn’t truly be mine anymore. Having to rewrite never scared me, but having to cut ideas from the story also sounded dreadful. The first edit of “The …

Big Gay Movie Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

Hedwig, oh how I love you! And how surprised I was too, because Hedwig and the Angry Inch sounded exactly like the sort of movie I never wanted to see. A young East German man has a botched sex change surgery, leaving him not quite a man, not quite a woman. All this is done to escape to the USA …

Weird Germany: The Mysterious Poop Muppet

In Weird Germany by Jay Bell

One of the biggest differences in culture here is what is and isn’t considered offensive. This was immediately apparent with children’s television. Cuss words don’t carry much weight here, and are freely used on Nickelodeon style shows similar to Hannah Montana, Lizzie McGuire, and their ilk. Other concepts aren’t quite as frowned upon either. Take for instance this Muppet style …