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Monday, June 18, 2012


cleaning is an odd tradition with foggy origins. Many people trace it back to
the fact that, in North America, due to our changing seasons, the warm spring
was seen as a time to get rid of all the things you hoarded to keep you cozy in
winter. With the temperatures rising across the nation, and spring coming this
week, now may be the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning of your own.
However, because we are not 19th century housewives who have to wait for the
springtime to get all our good cleaning done, we may not follow the old spring cleaning
rules. Also, as our lives have gotten ever more complicated, so has spring
cleaning. Here are a few ways to keep the spring cleaning process as simple as
possible, but applicable to all aspects of your life. 

is one of those aspects that those who began the process of spring cleaning
could not have anticipated, but it’s at the forefront of most of our lives
(including you reading this article). How do we incorporate technology into
spring cleaning? 

Delete people you don’t speak to from Facebook.

you have 
on Facebook
? Does it make you
sad or angry when you see their statuses or pictures on your wall? Sometimes
it’s time to take that step and delete them. It may seem immature, but it saves
you a lot of little day-ruining moments. If deleting is too bold for you, try
the new “unsubscribe feature” which allows you take their items off your food
while still staying friends. This rule also applies to current boyfriends’
ex-boyfriends, old friends you haven’t seen in years, or those acquaintances
who post inflammatory statuses that you always disagree with. 

Unsubscribe from some newsletters.

seemed worthwhile at the time, but you don’t open all those emails you get
after it took you only ten seconds to sign up. Most of these emails have an
unsubscribe button at the very bottom in the fine print. Use it. 

Delete old apps from your iPhone.

you have accumulated 
a ton of apps, you can do 1 of 2 things: 1) consolidate them by
putting them into a categorical box together on your phones interface, or 2)
delete them altogether. If you miss them that much, you can download them again
in the future. This may also be a good time to get rid of Scruff or Grindr if
you feel that they’re keeping you from having a real conversation with someone
and not a torso. 

can also take your spring cleaning time to dust the cobwebs away from parts of
your life that you haven’t addressed in a while. Most people think spring
cleaning is all about getting rid of the old, but spring cleaning is an awesome
way to improve yourself, as well. To clean up your life a bit, why don’t you
try some of these: 

Dust the cobwebs off some old friendships and see them—in person. 

when people used the phone instead of 
texting? Phone up an old friend and go see them for
coffee. You’ll be thankful you did. 

some clothes.

have to clean out your closet. Don’t throw those clothes in the trash! Bring
them to a salvation army or thrift store and let those clothes have a second
life. Just make sure to wash them first. 

a book.

throught your bookshelf, or bookpile on the floor, or wherever you keep your
books. Divide them into two piles—books that you’ve read and books that you
haven’t read. Make a plan to read the books you haven’t and either donate the
books you’ve read and don’t want or start a book swap with friends—swap
similar-length novels with friends and discuss them later! 

cleaning is definitely a time to strip away the old things from your life, but
make sure you don’t just do it for the sake of throwing it out. Every time you
do a spring cleaning, you should do it with a purpose in mind. This year, make
spring cleaning about making a better version of you!



And now we know why we got so much
male nudity in the season premiere -- everyone stayed clothed in this hour. Did
the episode drag a bit because of it? Yes. But at least all the story lines the
writers are taking their sweet time setting up promise to be juicy.

start with Tara. What I'm liking most about this arc: It's giving Pam, her
maker, a reason to flashback to meeting Eric. But even that is moving slowly --
we've yet to see him turn Pam. What we saw was that in 1905, Pam was a madam in
a San Francisco brothel, and she'd lost at least one working girl to vampires.
One night walking home alone, she was followed by a man. She told him she was
off the clock, and he pulled a knife on her. "That’s right, whore. I like
it when you struggle," he said. This was years after Jack the Ripper had
terrorized London. Could he have fled to America, where a tux and top hat-clad
Mr. Northman stopped him from attacking Pamela by slitting his throat?
(Alexander Skarsgard licking a bloody finger like he'd just had a piece of
fried chicken was very Eric. Reminded me of him sucking on an artery from
Marnie's freshly removed heart.) "You're not afraid," Eric said to
Pam. "I'm no stranger to dead bodies," she told him. "The
streets can be dangerous at this hour. A lady should really be more
careful," he warned. "If I meet a lady, I’ll let her know," she
answered. He smiled. You could already tell he liked her. He apologized for
getting blood on her lovely dress and, I believe, dropped some coins down her
cleavage to cover it.

What I'm not loving about the Tara
arc: How long it's taken Tara to do more than rage. Maybe I'm spoiled by the
speed The Vampire Diaries moves, or maybe I'm just remembering
back to how chatty Jessica was after Bill turned her, but I've had enough of
Tara zipping around the house, destroying stuff, and crouching on the sink as
though she was Spider-Man (okay, that I'd definitely like to see again). I get
that Tara, unlike Jessica, doesn't want to be a vamp. I just want to see her
express it in a different way. Pam commanded Tara not to bite Lafayette and
Sookie and to stay in the house, but they had to get her into Eric's cubby
before sunrise. Lafayette eventually cut himself with a large knife and while
Tara drank, Sookie used silver chains to subdue her so they could move her.
Lafayette knew this wasn't a life Tara would have wanted -- that he'd had Pam
turn Tara because he didn't want to be alone -- and he considered staking Tara
in her sleep. Sookie talked him out of it, promising him it would take time,
but Tara would be (mostly) herself again and they could make a life for her.
When the sun fell again, Tara rose and told the two of them she'd never forgive
them and bolted.

Sookie had made a trip to an
anti-vampire store called Stake House and bought silver air misters that were
installed on the porch to keep Tara from leaving. They made Tara scream when
she attempted to flee, but she kept moving. So I guess those are more like
vampire alarms -- at least you'll hear them coming/going. Now I
think the Tara story will get interesting.

Another slow burn has been the
introduction of Christopher Meloni's character Roman, Guardian of the Authority.
Eric, Bill, and Nora were taken to the Authority's headquarters in New Orleans,
which felt a bit like the Ministry of Magic, only once you visit reception
you're sent to silver cells. I'm loving the solidarity between Bill and Eric.
Bill tried to get Eric and Nora released, which resulted in them all (plus the
newborn-eating vampire also behind bars) being exposed to UV lighting. That's
an effective way to stop a prison riot, should there ever be one.

Eventually, Bill and Eric were
interrogated separately with the aid of liquid silver IVs -- Eric by the curvy
chancellor Salome (Valentina Cervi) and Bill by the shrink-like chancellor
Dieter Braun (Christopher Heyerdahl). The Authority wants to know why Nora,
also a chancellor, was willing to commit treason, which is punishable by the
true death, to help them escape. Bill and Eric were each told the other had
sold him out and cut a deal -- but they've no doubt sat through enough TV
procedurals in their lifetimes to see through that trick. They also both knew
they had one card to play -- Russell. They knew he was still alive and a threat
to the Guardian's mainstreaming agenda.

As we learned through the
interrogations and by finally meeting Roman, the Authority's top priority
remains the peaceful coexistence between vampires and humans. There are,
however, fundamentalist vampires who believe in a literal translation of the
vampire bible -- the Original Testament that predates the Old or New -- which
says that before God created Adam and Eve, he created Lilith. (I'm picturing a
young Bebe Neuwirth, and I bet I'm not far off.) Like God, Lilith was
a vampire, and Adam and Eve, like all humans, were created with the sole
purpose of being food. The Authority believes Nora is one of these
fundamentalists who considers emotional alliances between vampires and humans
blasphemy, so perhaps Bill and Eric are as well, as that's why she was freeing
them. After all, the Authority rightfully assumes they killed Nan Flanagan.

Roman made his entrance presiding
over a meeting of his chancellors to decide Bill and Eric's fates. In addition
to noting the bottles of Tru Blood on the table where glasses of water would
normally be, how many of us yelled "Barb!" as we realized Cougar
's Carolyn Hennesy was one of the chancellors and thought of The Anointed One from Buffy
the Vampire Slayer
 when we saw another was a child? Roman used his
blood to represent Lilith's and gave the chancellors each a drop or two while
chanting about Lilith being "the First, the Last, the Eternal." To
me, that whole communion event seemed like something the fundamentalists would
do, not the Authority, but we got to see Meloni pop and retract his fangs for
the first time, so let's go with it.

Roman told Bill and Eric that Nan
used to call them F--- Up One and F--- Up Two, and even though she wasn't a
prize, she was still Authority and they'd killed her. Bill assured him he was
not a fundamentalist against the Authority and its mainstreaming movement, and
Eric said he was trying to stay away from politics and religion. Roman, who
said the mainstreaming agenda was vital if only because humans still outnumber
vampires 1,000 to 1, was unconvinced and unamused. He was about to pronounce
sentence and stake them when Bill piped up offering a deal -- their lives for
Russell Edgington's. Nan had assured the Authority and TV viewers that Russell
was dead, so Bill and Eric had to explain (vaguely) why they didn't kill him
when they had the chance. It was, Bill said, because after all that Russell had
done, they thought the true death was too good for him.

Perpetually shouting Roman didn't
like that answer -- they disobeyed the Authority for their own selfish reasons
-- and he was about to stake Bill when Eric lied and said he was the one who'd
killed Nan. (Technically, Eric took out her guards, then Bill staked her. I
love this male bonding!!) Roman wanted to stake Bill "so f---ing bad"
but he didn't. He's thinking of the greater good. Bill had said the only thing
Russell wants more than destroying the mainstreaming agenda is to see him and
Eric dead. (Again, they had to explain that vaguely -- it's because Russell
pissed Eric off, then Eric pissed Russell off, Eric said.) Bill and Eric can therefore
be used as bait, and Russell can be killed before he causes another PR
disaster. Bill said he fully expects to meet the true death either way, but
this offer is to 

save Sookie
his and Eric's loyalty to Roman's cause.

I'm ready for Russell to return. We
got a shot of him in a dark cellar littered with body parts, wheezing in a
hospital bed and still looking all kinds of hideous. How many more episodes
until he's healed and causing trouble? Who's nursing him back to health? We
still don't know. Also, I'm ready for Roman to get naked. His shirt and tie
seemed extra tight, just to torture us. I know he's supposed to be all
business, but a vamp that powerful must also make time for pleasure.

As for the rest of the story lines,
Alcide's continues to inch along. If you kill the pack master, you're supposed
to become the new pack master -- and like the rest of the pack, you must feed
in wolf form on the deceased. Ewww. Alcide politely declined the position andthe
snack, which did not go over well with Marcus' mom.

mom came to Luna's house and wanted to see Emma, who she's convinced will be a
wolf and not a shifter. Sam was arguing for Luna to show the woman some
kindness and not keep her out of her granddaughter's life. "She just lost
her son," Sam said. "She just ate her son," Luna countered. Luna
didn't appreciate Sam thinking he had any say in how she raised her daughter
(who he'd almost died protecting), so they fought and she kicked him out. That
night, Emma was making noise in her room and when Luna opened the door, she
found the cutest little wolf ever. "Holy f---," she said. Will Luna
turn to Alcide for help? Could we be looking at a potential Sam-Luna-Alcide
triangle? (How dreamy would big Alcide look in scenes with little Emma?!)

Steve Newlin was the real comic
relief in this episode. When Sookie was in the Stake House, he was on TV
explaining that he still talks to God and Jesus loves vampires. "I mean
anyone who’s been dead for three days knows where we’re comin' from," he
said. Ha! Newlin showed up at Bill's house to talk to Jessica and crashed a
party, for which she was using her vampire strength to hold the keg in the air
with one hand and her vampire speed to get a girl outside before she puked.
After he danced a bit (hilarious), Newlin explained to Jessica why he was
really there. He wanted to offer her $10,000 in cash for Jason. Jessica
pretended she would negotiate. "Have you seen Jason's butt?" she
asked when Newlin balked at $20,000. "When it’s rock hard, you could chip
a fang on it." After Newlin got a fang boner and a traditional boner, he
agreed to her price, and she revealed she would never sell her friends.
"Hair pullin'? Really?" she said when Newlin tried to fight back.

Speaking of Jason, he and Andy spent
some quality time together this episode. Andy confided that he'd slept with
Holly and she'd been ignoring him ever since. He asked Jason if he'd done
something wrong. "That means you did something right. I mean that’s
getting to eat the pie without havin' to pay for the cow. Win-win," Jason
said, as only Jason Stackhouse can. They found Debbie's abandoned vehicle,
which included a vial of V that Andy first pocketed then handed over to Jason.
"Good man," Jason said. Yes. Andy deserves more of a story than a V relapse.
Back at the precinct, a kid came in and tried to beat up Jason because Jason
had slept with his mother and now his parents are getting a divorce. (Every
time Jason's past comes back to haunt him I wonder if we'll ever get a payoff
to him being used as a stud by Crystal's werepanther pack. Are we just to
assume all the females are barren from generations of inbreeding and that's

Andy wanted to know if Jason has
slept with every woman in town. "I don’t know. I’m close, I guess,"
Jason answered. We get it! Jason doesn't want to be a douche anymore! Jason
went to apologize to Hoyt again and offered to let him stay at his house so he
wouldn't have to live with his mother. She, of course, pretended she was upset
with Jason for hurting Hoyt but whispered that she was going to bring him a pie
for breaking up Hoyt and Jessica. Hoyt said no to Jason's offer, which made
sense but bummed me out. Jason said he'd move into Sookie's, and I had visions
of Jason and Tara living under the same roof. Remember, she used to like him.

and always least, we get to Terry and Arlene. He was sleep-stalking and talking
and stood over her and said, "We’re all gonna die. It’s comin' for
us." He had flashbacks to combat and fire. Arlene got scared enough that
she went to visit Patrick (Scott Foley), who was packing to leave town. She
told him about Terry's nightmares and that she has two kids and too much
invested in Terry to watch him lose his mind. Terry showed up and Arlene told
them to figure it out. Terry told Patrick he'd lied -- the troubled friend of
theirs Patrick was looking for wasn't dead, he was just off the grid. Patrick
said they had to visit him before he visited them. I love Terry and Arlene (and
seeing what sexy Sears lingerie she sleeps in), but this story hasn't hooked me

Your turn. Do you like where the season is headed but wish it'd get there faster?
What was your favorite line of the night? I'm gonna go with Pam's response to
Ginger asking her why she was all dirty: "I was in the ground. What’s your




Combining an intensely sexual and dramatic story set today
with a memory film-within-a-film set in '30s Harlem, Brother to Brother is
completely original and ambitious film.

Brother to Brother is a film written and directed by Rodney
Evans and released in 2004. The film debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival before
playing the gay and lesbian film festival circuit, with
a limited theatrical release in late 2004.

Art student Perry (Anthony Mackie) befriends an elderly homeless man named Bruce Nugent(Roger Robinson), who turns out to have been an important figure
in the Harlem Renaissance. Through recalling his friendships with other
important Harlem Renaissance figures Langston
 (Daniel Sunjata), Aaron DouglasWallace
 and Zora Neale Hurston, Bruce chronicles some of the challenges he faced
as a young, black, gay writer in the 1920s. Perry discovers that the challenges
of homophobia and racism he faces in
the early 21st century closely parallel Bruce's.


Perry (Mackie) is a gay African-American artist/student,
whose life and loves is one focus of this original and compelling film. The
other focus is the memory story of Bruce Nugent, a poet and painter of Harlem
Renaissance, who Perry meets on the street. Perry is a young very handsome guy
who battles homophobia in his classes, as hip straight African-American artists
slam the black gay experience. He falls in lust with a blonde-haired classmate
Jim (Burns) who, it turns out, fetishizes his lover for his "sweet lips
and black ass." Depressed over his experiences, Perry spirits pick up when
he meets older, down-on-his-luck, artist Bruce Nugent (Robinson). Nugent was an
integral, yet forgotten part of the Harlem Renaissance. He's a painter and poet
filled with memories of his intense relationships with Langston Hughes, Zora
Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. Nugent takes his new friend Perry (and us)
into his memory world where we see these literary lions going to parties,
dishing each other and of course, having sex! Back to current day, the
friendship between these men brings both to new creative heights and the
audience a great story. Rodney Evans is a director to watch -- Brother to
Brother is sure to be the beginning of a great career.


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