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 …

Ruled by an Iron Paw

In Pets by Jay Bell

I did a count today. The cats have seven different beds, which in our little apartment is almost two per room. And yet they still choose to sleep places that would otherwise be used by me, such as the office chair or the bathroom sink. They somehow manage to dominate me in their sleep, and that isn’t all. Occasionally I …

Big Gay Movie Review: Lilies

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

A man imprisoned for life calls upon a priest in order to make his final confession, yet it is the man of cloth that will be made to confess. The inmates take the old priest hostage and force him to view a stage play, a story from his own past, a story of two boys in love. Lilies takes place …