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Laura Ingalls gets Wilder


1. from Shirley Manson's journal:
I suppose you will have read all the controversy about JT in the press. Suffice to say that the books remain a marvel and whoever wrote them is still a genius whether they are a man, woman or wilderbeast.
It's perfectly fair that people are confused and up in arms about it but if you have read the books and understand them,why on earth would you ever assume that the person who wrote them was your regular, 9-5, cookie -cutter joe?

2. Is JT Christ a Hoax?
Sponsored by the Priory of Scion

3. ""The point is not to establish whether Jesus existed or not, but if there is a question of possible fraud," Cascioli's attorney, Mauro Fonzo, told reporters before the hearing."
Judge to rule on merit of Christ case
By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press
Last updated: 5:56 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2006
VITERBO, Italy -- An Italian judge heard arguments Friday on whether a small-town parish priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed.
The priest's atheist accuser, Luigi Cascioli, says the Roman Catholic Church has been deceiving people for 2,000 years with a fable that Christ existed, and that the Rev. Enrico Righi violated two Italian laws by reasserting the claim.
Lawyers for Righi and Cascioli, old schoolmates, made their arguments in a brief, closed-door hearing before Judge Gaetano Mautone in Viterbo, north of Rome. They said they expected the judge to decide quickly.
Cascioli filed a criminal complaint in 2002 after Righi wrote in a parish bulletin that Jesus did indeed exist, and that he was born of a couple named Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and lived in Nazareth. Cascioli claims that Righi's assertion constituted two crimes under Italian law: so-called "abuse of popular belief," in which someone fraudulently deceives people; and "impersonation," in which someone gains by attributing a false name to a person.
"The point is not to establish whether Jesus existed or not, but if there is a question of possible fraud," Cascioli's attorney, Mauro Fonzo, told reporters before the hearing.
Cascioli says the church has been gaining financially by "impersonating" as Christ someone by the name of John of Gamala, the son of Judas from Gamala.
He has said he has little hope of the case succeeding in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Italy, but that he is merely going through the necessary legal steps to reach the European Court of Human Rights, where he intends to accuse the church of what he calls "religious racism." Righi, 76, has stressed substantial historical evidence -- both Christian and non-Christian -- of Jesus' existence.
"Don Righi is innocent because he said and wrote what he has the duty to say and write," Righi's attorney, Severo Bruno, told reporters. He said he told Mautone during the hearing that Righi was not asserting a historical fact when he wrote of Jesus' existence, but rather "an expression of theological principles."
"When Don Righi spoke about Christ's humanity ... he was affirming that he needs to be considered as a man. What his name is, where he comes from or who his parents are is secondary," he said.
Fonzo said he countered that there have long been questions of Christ's existence and that the matter warranted discussion in the court. "When somebody states a wrong fact, abusing the ignorance of people, and gains from that, that is one of the gravest crimes," Cascioli told reporters.
Righi's brother, Luigi Righi, attended the hearing and said his brother was "serene but bitter."

4. Meanwhile, at the Sundance Film Festival...
A bit later, a fake JT Leroy sits in the window of a Japanese restaurant, ostentatiously conducting an interview with two shabby-chic young men. Lily Bright, the producer of The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), walks in and introduces herself. The fake fake waves her away, saying he will "contact" her later. Outside, Diego Luna strolls past, sporting conceptual facial hair, yelling heated Spanish somethings into a phone.

Way out people know the way out...
-- Bob Kaufman

I am not what I do, I do what I am.
--Miles Davis

From the Nov 19 Nerve interview with Mary Gaitskill:
About the J.T. Leroy story in New York magazine. I had heard those rumors for a long time, specifically that J.T. was someone you had created.
That I had created? Gee, I wish I were that, uh. . . I only create people on the page, I don't have them physically walking around.

There was also a rumor that he was someone you and Dennis Cooper were collaborating on.
That is such a kooky idea. Whoever believed that, I don't think they know how to read. The three of us, Dennis, J.T. and me, we do not write at all alike. I mean, Dennis Cooper and I — it would be almost impossible for us to collaborate, and if we did, it wouldn't come up with J.T. Leroy.

So is he real?
He's a real something. I'm not totally sure what he is. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I don't really know what he is or who he is. But I don't care. I like him a great deal and I think he's wonderful. I don't care if he's a hoax.
Read the rest of the interview

JT LeRoy, also known as A Rather Large Hamster

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JT has breasts!

...as seen in your local friendly news magazine, which ran this photo:

Only one problem----it's Pink.
Pink? Pink?
Would the real Pink please stand up?

At the AFI in 2004, The Heart is Deceitful...Above All Things" was shown. Pink came to the screening and then to the after party and we hung out. Folks kept commenting on how much we looked alike, joking that maybe she's the real JT. Pink became Wigs and Sunglasses--she donned mine--and we had some fun. New York magazine was so hungry to expose me with my breasts (I'm sure they regret they were not bare) that they didn't bother to find out that the picture was of Pink, not me.

I wonder what else they got wrong?


The Media Mob

Media Manipulation

A friend sent me this article and the following commentary about Sean Penn. Read the article and ask yourself how you feel about it.

Then read the commentary that follows and check your feelings after reading it. My comments follow.

Penn's rescue attempt springs a leak

The Sydney Morning Herald
September 5, 2005 - 9:14AM

Penn EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.

When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.

Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help."

With the boat loaded with members of Penn's entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"


OK, stop. How does this article make you feel towards Sean Penn? Got it? Then read on....


I find the story below to be quite mean and off-base. If the guy is doing something, what the fuck?

So many loaded phrases: "personal photographer" As opposed to what, a Government photographer? Having a photographer along seems reasonable tome, on what could be expected to be one of life's important experiences. Plus to document what's seen, perhaps to share images that could bringattention to problems that are not known or being reported.

bailing out water with "a red plastic cup " to make it sound comical.

"within seconds of its launch" to make it sound ill-fated, ridiculous

"sprang a leak" also to belittle the incident.

"forgot to plug a hole" to make him appear foolish

"what appeared to be white flak jacket" First, "what appeared to be" tells us that description could be an opinion, and were he wearing a flak jacket, No shit, it's a dangerous place. While the reporter sits in an office in Sydney Australia.

"loaded with members of Penn's entourage" The reporter doesn't know who is on board, and chooses the words "Penn's entourage" - when he could have a doctor, a paramedic, a scuba diver, a trauma specialist - who knows?

They quote a bystander as "taunting" "How are you going to get any people in that thing?" to imply that everyone around is just holding their bellies with laughter, and that everyone around has no appreciation, and perhaps most stupidly, that anyone around is sitting on the porch just watching Sean Penn and having a grand ole time.

My view is that for a rich guy who could be plenty comfortable staying home reading his great reviews to get into a boat and head into New Orleans - not bad.

I dislike shit journalists. Deeply. Deeper than the deepest flooded street in New Orleans, I'll tell you that.


My comments:

Sometimes the media writes things to be manipulated and we don't even know we're being manipulated. The author can stay invisible and appear to be stating a fact when they're carefully and seamlessly orchestrating a desired response. Usually you can tell because it is an artfully hidden attack that we are just trained to accept. There are certain words people will use and it's a horrible form of manipulation because they don't have to take responsibility for it or own it.

It's just something to watch.

Since I started doing interviews, I've become a whole lot more aware of how something you say can be framed completely out of context to fit an author's agenda.

This story is a perfect illustration of how Sean Penn is working out of purity of intent and it has been completely twisted to seem self-serving.

This is the obliteration of the sanctity of our being. It is, to me, a sin.

As Sarah says in The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things: “Keep the windows shut and your thoughts pure.”