Thursday, February 25, 2010
Mark this tranny's words, this is one to watch. Reminiscent of a playful Amy Winehouse, mixed with modern doo-wop, Ms. Brown is ruffling feathers. It's just pure, whimsical fun. The perfect tunes to put you in the mood for Spring.
Want context? V.V. co-wrote the Pussycat Dolls' 'PCD'. She also wrote a few songs for the Sugababes, the U.K.'s latest girl-band craze. Not bad for a 26-year old, huh?
Check out Ms. Brown in an acoustic piece filmed for Paper magazine.
A still from the much anticipated Telephone video (due to launch next week) - Ga brings everything mid-century modern gay together. Judging from the stills, it appears to be very A Single Man meets Edward Scissorhands and it looks fabulous. Stayed tuned for full footage kiddies. RA-Gas unite!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
While not all of us spend countless hours in the gym, TTT does understand the perks: lurking in the steam room at a mid-town Equinox, spotting your squats partner or bulking up for your summer share - to name a few. This is the time of year we all get a little more body conscious, especially with spring holidays in the tropics around the corner and FIP weekends commencing soon thereafter. Whether the means to your method is vinyasa at Greenhouse or a brisk jog around the McCarren track, start out your spring regiment in style - Waterbobble is an inexpensive way to quench your thirst and show a little green flair while mincing to the locker room. Just think of how much cash you’ll save by nixing the Evian for a fashion forward pocket Brita, at $10 a pop, you'll be able to afford to stock up on your UnderArmor.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
A birthday party and a Haiti benefit in one. What could be more best for Friday evening? The crowd will be cute, there's an open vodka bar 9:00-10:30 and 100% of proceeds go to helping those affected by the earthquake. Sounds like a sure bet!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
A little Tuesday afternoon reading for those who are not busy pushing papers, or rather, need a break from doing so. While most points on this list remain relevant, TTT has taken the liberty of highlighting a few forgotten rules of the modern fop.
“For those not born with a natural dandy effect, this dissection of the dandy temperament will serve as a guide to the proper pose. Individual dandies throughout the ages have emphasized certain qualities over others, but all qualities must be present in some degree for the effect to reach full fruition.”
Here are the qualities that comprise the anatomy of the dandy, ranked in order of importance (TTT editorial remarks in red):
1. Physical distinction
Dandyism can only be painted on a suitable canvas. It is impossible to cut a dandy figure without being tall, slender and handsome, or having at least one of those characteristics to a high degree while remaining at least average in the other two.
“To appear well dressed, be skinny and tall.” — Mason Cooley
Elegance, of course, as defined by the standards of a dandy’s particular era.
“The dandy's independence, assurance, originality, self-control and refinement should all be visible in the cut of his clothes.” — Ellen Moers
Dandies must love contemporary costume, says Beerbohm, and their dress should be “free from folly or affectation.” – love a good costume!
Barbey speaks of the dandy’s staunch determination to remain unmoved, while Baudelaire says that should a dandy suffer pain, he will “keep smiling.” –say it with a smile gurl.
“Immense calm with your heart pounding.” — Noel Coward
While self-mastery is the internal practice of keeping emotions in check, aplomb is how it is expressed to the dandy’s audience.
“Dandyism introduces antique calm among our modern agitations.” — Barbey d’Aurevilly
Ideally financial independence, but if the dandy is forced to work, a spirit of independence will be expressed through his work. – “forced” to work, that's why we spend our happy hours at the Townhouse.
“The epitome of selfish irresponsibility, he was ideally free of all human commitments that conflict with taste: passions, moralities, ambitions, politics or occupations.” —
Especially a paradoxical way of talking lightly of the serious and seriously of the light that carries philosophical implications.
7. A skeptical, world-weary, sophisticated, bored or blasé demeanor
“The dandy is blasé, or feigns to be.” — Baudelaire
“A spirit of gay misanthropy, a cynical, depreciating view of society.” — Lister – aaaaaaawhat… sound like someone you know?...
“Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.” — Wilde
“the darker and stormier emotions should be kept to ones self” — Bulwer-Lytton
“A flawless dandy, he would be annoyed if he were considered romantic.” — Oscar Wilde, “An Ideal Husband”
9. Discriminating taste
10. A renaissance man
“A complete gentleman, who, according to Sir Fopling, ought to dress well, dance well, fence well, have a genius for love letters, and an agreeable voice for a chamber.” — Etherege, quoted by Bulwer-Lytton in “Pelham”
For in the end there is not a code of dandyism, as Barbey writes. “If there were, anybody could be a dandy.”
for more info check out anatomyofadandy
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
There is no "try" in smiling.
The scene: You and a pal on the L train, maybe saw me seeing you in the reflection of the train window. You had amazing black and creme houndstooth gloves, and great ears. When I left the train, you and your pal watched me leave... I tried to smile. I Thought you were cute. What was I wearing or what stop did I get off the train?
Maybe he'll "try" to respond : email@example.com
Control Queen seeks nearsighted Romeo
Sooooo, it was around 5:30 or so. I noticed you when I you got on, I was already sitting. But alas, I'd been working nonstop for days, and was a zombie with my coffee and phone solitaire being the only things keeping me awake on my ride home. You brought me out of my stupor when you asked me where I got my glasses. If you would like my assistance when picking out your new frames, I would love nothing more than to do that.
Sooooo, respond to this add and if he's not swamped he'll call ya back : firstname.lastname@example.org
This has to do with 'Lost' right?
You are about 40. I was 21 (white guy with light hair)
You're a really sweet, quiet, chinese gentleman. you had short black hair and we were headed to new york city from beijing on china air. it was march 2009.
i helped you write the customs paper. you told me you had a wife and a son about 18.
you were so kind and so charming, i got chills watching you when u fell asleep. i would have loved to be in your arms hugging you. i wish i asked you for your phone number but i guess you werent gay... oh i had such a good feeling though sitting next to you!
chills, you gave him CHILLS! (bird flu?) : email@example.com
"More time at the gym"
Had a hot time with the 3 hot guys in the steam and sauna yesterday at the Prospect Park YMCA. Around 530. Would be hot to get together again. Made out with guy in the steam room and came and he tasted it. Would love to hang out again. Get in touch with me with a face pic and ill send mine back so i know it was you.
Glad to see everyone is keeping his new year's resolution : firstname.lastname@example.org
More Gym Drama
This isn't really a missed connection, as you introduced yourself when we were both leaving the Brooklyn Heights Equinox at around 10 on Thursday evening and we walked to Clinton together. I just wish now that I had asked for your number or given you mine. I don't know what the odds are that you will read this, but I hope you do or that I will run into you again soon--it seems likely as I've definitely noticed you at the Equinox many times in the past (as I think you are probably aware). Perhaps we can work out together some time, get a coffee, something? John
No need for a Missed Connection, patience John, patience.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
In Context : The Control Queen abounds in New York. This city filled with entitled, over-achieving, up-and-coming power gays is a hub of control freaks all trying to climb the ladder. In an attempt to maintain power, the Control Queen displays characteristics that betray her inner insecurities : negativity, snobbery, and boastfulness. While every tranny in this city is trying to carve out her niche, transparent personality flaws are never cute. The cure for the common Control Queen : a psychiatrist, a power top and Blackberry deprivation therapy.