Nice Guys Don’t Work In Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business by Curtis Harrington (Drag City, paper, 272 pp.). Review by James Marshall Fans of esoteric film trash will be delighted to know that before passing director Curtis Harrington (1926-2007) left us with this dirt-filled and conversationally written volume about his five decades in Hollywood and beyond.
Review by Legs McNeil - When I got out of my last rehab in November of 2011, I spent a few months on the west coast and when I returned home, I saw that I had been invited via Facebook to a party somewhere in Ohio for the release of the graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. So I clicked on "going" in the appropriate Facebook box and really planned on trying to make the event. I mean, what else did I have to do? My life was in shambles.
PLEASE KILL ME: THE PLAY in Paris. Can I just say that I LOVE France? Legs can bash it all he wants—he’s the only person I know who doesn’t LIKE french fries—but he’s probably never been there and if he has he was on the road with the Scorpions or some other travesty of a band. And/or drunk. And lets just say that he’d pick a Ring Ding over a freshly baked croissant any day.
by Legs McNeil - "Mug shots. Nothing but mug shots." -- Imagine that you’ve just pulled out of the bar after a couple of drinks, your still trying to fasten your seatbelt-- when flickering red lights suddenly appear in your rearview mirror and a police siren pops on, signaling you to pull over. After a quick hand to eye sobriety test, the police officer asks you to blow into the breathalyzer-- and it comes up snake eyes. You lose; prepare to add a DUI to your permanent record.
By Tristan Crane and Ted Naifeh
Review by Legs McNeilHow Loathsome is really hard to describe, so I will let one of the writer’s and illustrator, Ted Naifeh, in a 2006 interview with Manolis Vamvounis, for the website insidepulse.com, begin to explain it to you: “How Loathsome is a faux-autobiographical comic about a semi-gender-queer person named Catherine Gore, who lives in San Francisco. The story kicks off when she meets Chloe, a gorgeous transsexual girl, at an S&M play party. Problem is, Chloe isn’t attracted to girls, and though she’s eager for men to see her as female, she can’t get past the fact that Catherine isn’t really male.” Got it? We didn’t think so.