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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: George Daniell, Black Party, Troye Sivan, Natalie Wynn, Pete Buttigieg

  • Queerty profiles the new permanent exhibition in Miami of mid-20th century photographer George Daniell, whose works often including queer subjects date back to the 1940s.
  • Mike Miksche writes at Slate about the import of the Black Party in New York City in 1989, for partying gay and bi men in the era of AIDS.
  • This extended interview with Troye Sivan at The Guardian exposes a lot of this out star.
  • This VICE interview with Contrapoints star Natalie Wynn makes me want to start watching her, now, on YouTube.
  • John Aravosis is quite right to argue, at The Daily Beast, that arguing Pete Buttigieg is not gay enough is ridiculous.

[MUSIC] Troye Sivan, “Lucky Strike”

My attention this week was caught by Jason Parham’s article at Wired about the new Troye Sivan single, “Lucky Strike”, and its associated video.

Not to make this about politics or walls or borders or displacement, but Australian pop balladeer Troye Sivan’s “Lucky Strike” is all about politics and walls and borders and displacement. More specifically, it is about the negation of those thorny, unkind configurations. At first blush, the song is a cool, coy slowburner with pure intentions. “I wanna tiptoe through your bliss, get lost the more I find you,” Sivian coos over producer Alex Hope’s garden of ambrosial synths. Later on the chorus, he implores: “Tell me all the ways to love you.”

“Lucky Strike” is about queer desire, sure, about the feeling of summertime infatuation; in its just-released video, Sivan’s pursuit of another man unfolds during a day at the beach. But much of the song is about the unsaid, about the power and refuge we find in another person. The song, then, becomes something much more: a paean to a world that doesn’t just unite us across cultural and bodily borders, but whose lifesource depends on that exchange.

Making this song about politics, mind, I remain somewhat amazed by the extent to which Troye Sivan is not only an out celebrity but viable as said. As I write this, the “Lucky Strike” video just one week old has 2,355,700 views. He scores multiple international hits on the pop and dance charts–Sivan is not a one-hit wonder–and he has successful international tours, and his star shows no sign of fading. Sivan’s career is hugely political, all the more so because he does not have to be. He can just be in a way that other artists, other people, in the LGBTQ community have until recently not been able to enjoy.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 17, 2019 at 11:30 pm

[MUSIC] Five music links: minority languages, country music, Corey Hart, Britney Spears, Troye Sivan

  • This Chaka Grier article on NOW Toronto looks at how activists for different endangered languages–Wolastoqey, Yiddish, Garifuna–use music to try to keep them alive.
  • Hornet Stories takes a look at some gay-themed country music.
  • This year, 1980s pop star Corey Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. CBC reports.
  • Sarah MacDonald at Noisey takes a look at the prescience of Britney Spears’ 1999 song “E-Mail My Heart”.
  • At Wired, Jason Parham praises the new Troye Sivan single, “Lucky Strike”, for its profound curiosity in and empathy for other people.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Québec, multilingual pop, Paul Simon, streaming, Troye Sivan w/ Kim Petras

  • Luke Ottenhof writes at MacLean’s about how English Canadians miss out on the thriving Québécois popular music scene, one enormously successful and engaging with the world nicely.
  • This article at Noisey looks at how global pop music is becoming increasingly multilingual, Spanish and Korean being specifically noted here.
  • Daniel Drake wrote a touching essay last month about Paul Simon and his father over at the NYR Daily.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution reports on how streaming as a technology for music distribution altered the nature of songcraft.
  • This NOW Toronto review by Natalia Manzocco of the performance by Troye Sivan at the local stop of his Bloom tour, backed by Kim Petras, still startles me. That this is mainstream pop is amazing.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Eszter Hargittai at Crooked Timber shares a painting from an exhibit of Star Wars-themed art near the Swiss city of Lausanne.
  • D-Brief notes that scientists claim to have detected the gamma-ray signature from SS 433, a microquasar in our galaxy 15000 light-years away, as the black hole at its heart was eating a star.
  • Language Hat takes a look again at the history of Chinook Jargon, the creole that in the 19th century was a major language in northwestern North America.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in contemporary Scotland, a castle can be less expensive than a bottle of good single malt whiskey. What societies value varies over time.
  • At the NYR Daily, Molly Crabapple tells a personal story of the history of the Bund, the Jewish socialist and nationalist union once a power in central and eastern Europe but now gone.
  • Drew Rowsome praises the Paul Tremblay horror novel Disappearance at Devil’s Rock.
  • Towleroad shares a great new song from Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan, the nostalgic “1999”.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that some question whether the 1944 annexation of Siberian Tannu Tuva into the Soviet Union, thence Russia, was legal or not.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • James Bow makes the case for inexpensive regional bus transit in southern Ontario, beyond and between the major cities.
  • D-Brief explains why Pluto’s Gate, a poisonous cave of classical Anatolia believed to be a portal to the netherworld, is the way it is.
  • The Dragon’s Tales takes a look at the plethora of initiatives for self-driving cars and the consequences of these for the world.
  • Far Outliers takes a look at how Persia, despite enormous devastation, managed to eventual thrive under the Mongols, even assimilating them.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the connections between North American nuclear tests and the rise of modern environmentalism.
  • Language Hat looks at Linda Watson, a woman on the Isle of Man who has became the hub of a global network of researchers devoted to deciphering unreadable handwriting.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the argument that the Russian hacks were only as effective as they were because of terrible journalism in the United States.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at an often-overlooked collaboration in the 1960s between New York poet Frank O’Hara and Italian artist Mario Schifano.
  • Towleroad takes a look at out gay pop music star Troye Sivan.
  • Window on Eurasia makes the believable contention that Putin believes in his propaganda, or at least acts as if he does, in Ukraine for instance.