Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Welcome back to my mail box Newsweek Magazine -- I missed you since you and the "Daily Beast" stopped the printed issue in October 2012, and became an online magazine.

Happy day -- my new Newsweek, with JFK, Marilyn, Liz, and DiMaggio on the cover, immediately intrigued me. I dove into the cover story, expecting ... well, at least some interesting revelations about these super celebs.

Nope. The cover story by the reporter focused on bestselling author C. David Heymann's latest book, "Joe and Marilyn, Legends in Love." The magazine's reporter stated that in this book, the author invented shocking intimate details as he described Joe beating up Marilyn, Joe wire-tapping her home, Joe stalking her.

On and on went the cover story, proving that each bestseller by Heymann was chock-full of lies, distortion, and non-facts.

Quoting other celebs, the reporter showed how Heymann's book on Barbara Hutton, "Poor Little Rich Girl," his revelations about Jackie, and JFK, his proof that RFK was her lover in "Bobby and Jackie" were mostly the author's inventions.

Also, according to the reporter, the revelations about Liz's love life were not based on her confiding in Heymann as he claimed -- Heymann's revelations were well-researched rumors. Similarly, his book about Caroline Kennedy and JFK Jr., and Heymann's
his second book about RFK, are page-turners, but the reporter tells the reader, "The facts are not facts."

Remember, our admiring these celebrities, wondering about them, learning some right facts and wrong facts about them is fascinating, but like entertainment -- it distracts us from the often boring, ordinariness of our own lives.


Writing a blog requires me to keep in tune with the times, to wonder about things that you and millions of others wonder about. Yes, Newsweek back in print is fun to skim, but I sense, though the title isn't used anymore, the "Daily Beast"  is still behind the scenes -- still specializing in gossip, nasty news, and dirty laundry.

If you want more of this to fill the nooks and crannies of your imaginary love life, you can get the current printed magazine online, or subscribe and get the digital Newsweek on one of your handheld devices. Or buy the books on Amazon. This bestselling author, who died two years ago, made millions on these books, and lives on in these tales he told, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Obviously the "nothing" that was written by the very skilled, very savvy Heymann, is wonderfully absorbing entertainment.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Wondering how Huma Weiner was doing, I found this photo of her with short hair, and found myself thinking about Theresa Kerry, wondering how she was doing these days.

Why in the world am I curious about two people I don't know? They're not famous, or major celebrities. Hey, I am curious about Susan Sarandon -- she's a real movie star in terms of talent and parts she's played in films -- she's  not doing big starring roles as often as she used to. Similarly, Goldie Hawn who's another favorite movie star whom age has affected. But I'm not wondering how Hawn or Sarandon are doing in the way I wonder about Huma and Theresa, who, because of not good events -- tragic events -- have had to disappear and recover. 

I Googled the Weiners -- they had moved to a less expensive condo -- I saw a reference and photo of Weiner taking his son to Union Square Park. It's just two blocks from my home so the Weiners are sort of like neighbors. I saw the photo of Huma again, with her new hairdo.

There were many photos that recapitulated the doings of "Carlos Dangerous" -- Anthony's  nickname for the girls he met on online while he was blithely promoting himself as a possible mayor of New York. There was a news alert about him opening a restaurant in Rockaway, NY. I found myself thinking louder than ever -- this guy is unrealistic, mentally ill.

I read an article by another blogger reporter (like me), who was looking for something hopeful about Huma. The article described how Huma has been working for Hillary. It pleased me, that Hillary whom I admire, continues to trust Huma's wisdom and creativity.

The only real news I found was another mention of Huma's new hairdo -- found myself wondering if Huma was changing herself to make herself more attractive? to him, or to herself?

And what about Theresa Heinz Kerry? With the daily news about her husband, John Kerry's doings as our Secretary of State, there hasn't been a word about her since September of last year -- her stroke, and then Theresa Kerry being rehabilitated at a rehab hospital.

Yes, I want to know how she's doing and if she's doing things with any of her very interesting projects, most of which have to do with women's issues and causes that have to with helping people.

Though there is no recent news about her, it's obvious, she isn't traveling with John; clearly she is not giving interviews; though I understand that she doesn't want to be in the news, I wonder if she's walking and talking completely normally. 

Maybe I'm wondering about her and Huma because I sense that other folks like me, admire these two women.

Yes! I figure others will be inspired as I will be inspired, when I know Huma Weiner and Theresa Kerry are full out, one-hundred percent functioning again, back to working -- doing what they can do -- as important women of the world.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


We made this video in 2010 after Kander and Ebb's "Scottsboro Boys" closed." Now that Harvey Fierstein's "CASA VALENTINA" has closed, and John just finished taping a pilot for a new CBS TV show called "Members Only," he's a very busy unemployed actor again.

What does an actor do when he doesn't have a job?

Emily nags John Cullum, calling him "Beethoven," gets him to describe the musical he's writing--lyrics and music.  It's a full time fascinating job.

Emily manages to inveigle John into singing a verse from "Jack Tale," then a song from "Bible Ballads," another musical John is working on.

Monday, September 22, 2014


This is artist Jeff Koons'  "Balloon Dog." (Note the people in the background, you'll get a sense of the huge size of this dog.)

The art of Jeff Koons is at the Whitney Museum till November. It is the first exhibit to fill all the museum's exhibition spaces, the biggest show, devoted to a single artist, that the Whitney has ever done.

Koons' art works are everywhere nowadays. Name drop the major most prestigious museums in the world -- they have displayed Koons' "Balloon Dog," as well as reproductions of his gigantic "Popeye," and the "Hulk."'

Many galleries have also displayed Koons' amazing porcelain and gold "Michael Jackson" sculpture, and the anatomically unambiguous sculpture of Koons having sex with his first wife.  (When this sculpture was first shown back in 1990, Koons declared, "I'm not interested in pornography, I'm interested in the spiritual, to be able to show people that they can have impact, to achieve their desires.")

Two years ago Koons' Tulips" (stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces) was sold for a record-breaking $33.7 million at Christie's. It was recently sold again for $58. 4 million, the highest amount ever paid to a living artist.

After the opening at the Whitney, at the high society party at the elegant Frick Collection Museum, the always friendly, polite Koons pointed out breasts, testicles, and phalluses on the Frick's fabulous bronzes as well as his own work, and shocked everyone. (The media said, "he  busted taboos in snootsville.")

The 59-year-old artist, from York, Pennsylvania, is heralded by some critics as a pioneer. Others dismiss his work as crass kitsch. A New York Times article on Koons quoted a famous art critic, who called Koons' art, "cat excrement."

Koons' approach to art is evident at his huge studio in NYC, where he employee 90 assistants, who -- using paint-by-the-numbers techniques -- create the reproductions that are being exhibited and praised by major critics everywhere.   Here's what Koons says about his work.
    No doubt about it, this artist's creative process and success says a lot about today's world and culture.    

Igg -- that's my instinctive reaction to the  balloon dogs, steel tulips, as well as the sex sculpture. Maybe his art is just not my cup of tea, or I'm  reacting to what I feel, and don't like about Koons' York, PA  mentality. It's prejudice based on my growing up years in Harrisburg,  PA, with kids like Jeff, noting from class reunion letters what they  aren't and ARE -- for many of them, money is God, is status, the true measure of success -- the most important thing in life.

Despite my Igg, I think Jeff Koons' art may be where art is heading.

Artist Jeff Koons has created stunning, astounding works -- more than 150 objects over the years.   If you haven't made up your mind about liking or disliking his art, click the link -- you'll enjoy the commentary from Britain's Daily Mail and their video of Koons at the Whitney.