The responsibility of being a gay film critic, then, to borrow a phrase from the great Robin Wood, is to be honest about your responses as an individualized viewer, and to balance questions around identity with a film’s aesthetic purpose, intent, and effect.

— Michael Koresky, Film Comment

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I graduated from Southern Illinois U with a degree in Cinema & Photography.  My first Super-8 film was called The Way Love Moves. My senior film project was called Pictures of Maleness. I was naked in it. At the senior showing, some straight dude laughed as I tucked my balls between my legs, and ran away from the camera. The film also featured my straight roommate Janet in male drag. (No one noticed.) I lost all my films somewhere along the road.

I like movies. I was in and worked on one called Go Fish. Finnish documentary filmmaker Markku Heikkinen made a movie about me called Public Service.

I’ve been blogging for years. I wrote about my adventures in Prague in a blog called The Rent Boys of Prague. I’m currently reposting all my Prague blogs on Genet’s Bastard. I wrote almost a million words in diary form.

My last big project in Argentina was Juanele AR, a bilingual blog and non-profit org covering the arts and artists of Buenos Aires. I founded, wrote, edited, designed, art-directed, and photographed for Juanele. Lots of other cool folks did too. I hope to bring it back someday. You can find some of the old posts living on My Beautiful Air. (Open your eyes in Buenos Aires.)

I created this online literary journal about English-speaking life in Spanish-speaking countries but it turns out there aren’t very many good writers that I liked who wanted to get paid for that sort of thing.

I also founded the San Telmo Art Walk, a 3-hour walking tour of Buenos Aires’ oldest and most bohemian barrio. Later I sold it to another company and bought myself a MacBook Air, which I eventually had to sell to pay for a huge bar tab at a hostel. (BEER!) Not even kidding.

My current project and main source of income is Fascinating Monsters. I still make WordPress sites, but only for decent money. Otherwise, it’s too much trouble.

For about six months I ran a Tex-Mex kitchen out of a craft-beer bar in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. My most proud moment was when visiting folks from Guadalajara praised my food and ordered another plate of tacos. A quote about my hot sauce: A gringo made me cry!

Right now, I’m waiting out this pandemic in Mexico City. I was cooking for a living, but the virus shut that down. I’ve started teaching English online.

I’m also watching a lot of movies.

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  • Hi Rick!

    I just discovered your site while hunting for a movie called Strapped. After perusing for a bit, I’m already hooked on your content and your writing. Seems like we have similar interests! Looking forward to diving into your site a bit more.

    Thanks, John

    • Thanks for stopping by, John.

      Strapped is definitely in the collection. Let me know if you can’t find it or if you weren’t redirected to the post with the link.

      See ya!

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