When I was seven I used to climb down drainpipes, because boys in books climbed down drainpipes.
This is a photograph of me and my drainpipes.
Oscar Wilde is one of my ‘Living or Dead Dinner Party’ guests. He lived in an England where homosexuality was a crime, where straight society labeled as criminals those who erred from the norm, and locked them out of sight.
Wilde refused to comply. He queered straight culture, forcing people to confront that which made them uncomfortable. His flamboyance, dandyism and unapologetic writing did more for the lives of queer people than I can imagine.
More than that, his writing is among the best I’ve ever read. His plays are exquisite. His prose surprises you at every turn, reaching out to grasp you with its truth, startling you into laughter with its wit. Wouldn’t you love to spend an evening in his company?
Considering buying these.
This is my FRIEND. Let’s all just ADMIRE him for a minute.
The spectacular pink and red core of a lively nebula takes center stage in a new photo that exposes the stellar nursery’s eye-catching clouds of gas, dust and newborn stars.
The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, captured the new image of the Omega Nebula. The portrait is one of the sharpest ever taken of this object from a ground-based observatory, according to ESO officials.
This stellar breeding ground lies approximately 6,500 light-years away from Earth, in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The Omega nebula is a popular target of study for astronomers because it is one of the youngest and most active stellar nurseries for massive stars inside the Milky Way galaxy.