Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze

Dear Magically Real: Everyone including my sister in Kansas and my uncle in Dubai awaits the final movie installment of the Harry Potter series with hysterical anticipation, bordering on frenzy.  Frankly, I don’t get it.  Could you please clue me in as to what this JK Rowling phenom is about? Very truly yours-- Committed to … Continue reading Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze

2 Germans: MOMA’s German Expressionist Exhibition and Idee German

Dear friends of the unreal! Submitted for your consideration : Art that is public official and institutionally validated. Art that is private, personal, and unauthorized. Seen: In its “new and improved” supersized incarnation MOMA presents the historical trajectory of German Expressionism in 3 enormous galleries – taking us from the beginning of the 20th Century … Continue reading 2 Germans: MOMA’s German Expressionist Exhibition and Idee German

Beauty with the Beast–Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête, 1946/Queer Film Blogathon 2011

What do you do if you’re a celebrated gay male artist, living in Paris, France and your country has just gotten out from under being occupied  by the meanest, blondest most homophobic sons-a-bitches in Europe (some of whom are themselves gay and partying up a storm at your bars, and your hangouts)?  What do you … Continue reading Beauty with the Beast–Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête, 1946/Queer Film Blogathon 2011

Breton’s dreams and ours: Welcome to Magically Real

(This call may be monitored by the subconscious.) In Tieck's creepy tale from the late 18th Century, Der blonde Eckbert, a Knight tells a story of a magical bird and dog to a dear friend whom he kills immediately afterwards.  The friend keeps on showing up in different guises til Eckbert loses his mind. The … Continue reading Breton’s dreams and ours: Welcome to Magically Real