Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Reads

Obituary: Actor and playwright Sam Shepard, 73, has died after a long battle with the dread ALS.

I didn't know he had won a Pulitzer Prize, from way back in 1979, for his play Buried Child.


His many plays include: Cowboys, The Rock Garden, Chicago, Icarus's Mother, 4-H Club, Red Cross, La Turista, Cowboys #2, Forensic & the Navigators, The Unseen Hand, Oh! Calcutta! (contributed sketches), The Holy Ghostly, Operation Sidewinder, Mad Dog Blues, Back Bog Beast Bait, Cowboy Mouth, The Tooth of Crime, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Action, Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, Inacoma, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, Tongues, True West, Savage/Love, Fool for Love, A Lie of the Mind, A Short Life of Trouble, Baby Boom, States of Shock, Simpatico, Tooth of Crime, Eyes for Consuela, The Late Henry Moss, The God of Hell, Kicking a Dead Horse, Ages of the Moon, Heartless and A Particle of Dread.

Shepard's plays are chiefly known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style has evolved over the years, from the absurdism of his early Off-Off-Broadway work to the realism of Buried Child and Curse of the Starving Class (both 1978).

Shepard began his acting career in earnest when he was cast as the handsome land baron in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978), opposite Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. This led to other important film roles, including that of Cal, Ellen Burstyn's love interest, in the film "Resurrection" (1980), and most notably his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). The latter performance earned Shepard an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. By 1986, his play Fool for Love was getting a film adaptation directed by Robert Altman, in which Shepard played the lead role; his play A Lie of the Mind was being performed Off-Broadway with an all-star cast (including Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Page); and Shepard was subsequently working steadily as a film actor - all of these achievements put him on the cover of Newsweek.

Shepard was an accomplished man, but he seemed to be rather low key about it. In his spare time, what there was of it, he was a teacher of writing plays and conducting seminars.

Shepard was also known for his longtime relationship with actress Jessica Lange. They split in 2009, after 27 years together.

He was survived by three children and two sisters, all of whom were with him when he died.

It is difficult to find a disease worse than ALS.

A woman gives birth to a baby. News at 11.

Just because she is a crossdresser doesn't mean she is anything other than a woman, a female human being.

Stating the obvious doesn't make one a "TERF," whatever the hell that dumb term is, or "phobic." It is just a statement of fact.

We are walking through the looking glass:

"I would say it's unique. I understand that people are not used to two men having a biological child between the two of them. So we know its unique," said Trystan.

“The moment he was born was just like a pure moment of bliss, like the happiest moment of my life,” said Trystan’s husband, Biff Chaplow. “To see the very beginning of Leo, of his life, was just like amazing.”

Trystan says things have definitely changed. He used to be a pregnant man, now he’s just a regular dad.

Trystan was born female. He started taking hormones almost a decade ago, but stopped when he got pregnant.

How in the hell can anybody write an article like this with a straight face?

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