Hey just a fast update... Gus Van Sant is committed to doing the film
of Sarah. I am doing an HBO film thing. And check out my interview
with Gus in the Dec. issue of Paper Mag with Snoop Doggy Dog on the
cover, it is pretty funny. And really see Gus' new film Finding
Forrester, it is really really great. It opens Xmas I think.
Great news-- I will check it out. Though the new one looks kinda syrupy.
I'm interested in seeing what he does with Sarah. That will be an
JT Leroy, Author of Sarah
The new film is not edgy, but Gus makes it as edgy as it can be. It
is still lovely, and the performances are great and it just looks
beautiful and the better it does the more support he gets for his
very edgy films... so your support is very much appreciated!
Editor Free Williamsburg
I saw a flyer for this website at the 14th St station while waiting
the L train... i was astounded at the photo used in the ad, and
write in. The photo is of a group of people in hawaiian garb, sitting
a round table. All the people sitting at the table are white and
the waiters are asian males. You at freewilliamsburg.com should
about what your ad says to people of color. i'm asian american --
why would I want to join your party when you've made it clear what
my job would be at your party? Come on freewilliamgburg, join the
i'd love to
hear what you have to say.
HERE TO SEE POSTER
It was not
our intention to offend, but perhaps you are taking things a little
too seriously. The poster was obviously kitsch.
I could see your point if the photo was current, but it was taken
during the 1950's when Tiki lounge culture was trendy. Should all
questionable art from prior decades that fails to conform to today's
standards be discarded?
it was not our intention to be offensive. Our staff is a mixed bag,
representing a wide array of cultural backgrounds (including asian)
and no one has voiced any opposition to any of our promotional art.
it was obviously kitsch. I'm glad to hear that your staff is
a mixed bag and that you didn't intend to be offensive.
I just thought I'd let you know that several of us out here find it
offensive. I noticed that that it was kitsch, but just because the
image is from a certain era doesn't mean it is harmless. Images are
very powerful --
they can help or hurt. Asian Americans and people of color are in
and ads infrequently enough that when I see a brother, I don't want
be wearing that same old servant's suit.
Let us know what you think. Click
DEAR FREE WILLIAMSBURG
If I were as big an asshole as Russ Josephs describes himself in his
story, I hope I'd kill myself.
Best, Name Withheld
The story you are referring to, I believe, was when I made one of
my weekend excursions into Manhattan, and sampled a bunch of clubs.
I hit Joe's Pub, The Bowery Bar and a few others. The only type of
condescension I provided (what I assume you mean by calling me an
asshole) was to the clientele at some of these places, many of whom
were rude, pretentious and, frankly, THE BIGGEST FUCKING ASSHOLES
I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED IN MY LIFE.
If, in fact, you think I am a bigger asshole than those I wrote about,
you are sadly mistaken. Or, perhaps, you were one of those cocksuckers
I encountered? Perhaps that was you, the pudgy little yuppie-boy,
who wouldn't budge even an inch to let me get a drink at the bar?
Or was that you with the receding hairline and the tremendous waistline,
striking out left and right with the ladies? Either way, I feel your
pain. Not directly of course, but I can imagine what it must be like.
Having a small dick is one of the world's worst fates. I offer my
condolences. But isn't there some sort of surgery one can get nowadays?
At the very least, try a sweatsock or two.
All the best, Russ Josephs
Sex in the Sub-City Columnist
DEAR FREE WILLIAMSBURG
Thank you so much for providing Williamsburg with such a helpful site.
I love the listings and all the artwork. This is the coolest site
in the coolest neighborhood in New York.
Disclaimer from the Editor:
Opinions addressed in Free Williamsburg
are not necessarily our own, godammit!.