September 9th, 2013

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George Ashley (1925 - September 9, 1991)

George Ashley, an arts administrator who worked with many of the leading figures of the New York avant-garde performance world, died on September 9, 1991, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 66 years old.

He died of AIDS, said Rosemary Quinn of Performing Artservices, an arts management organization he joined 13 years ago.

Some of the artists for whom Mr. Ashley helped create press campaigns were Richard Foreman, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Robert Ashley, Trisha Brown, David Gordon, Lucinda Childs, Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage and the Mabou Mines company.

Before joining Artservices, where he was responsible for publicity for all the clients, he was an administrator of Robert Wilson's Byrd Hoffman Foundation for seven years, including one year as its president. During that period, he was also a dancer and actor in all of Mr. Wilson's productions. As a tour manager, he led Mr. Wilson's troupe on five tours to South America, Europe and the Middle East.

From 1961-69 he was secretary and treasurer of the Bread and Puppet Theater, in which he also performed as a puppeteer.

He was in the Army in 1944-45 and was imprisoned by the Germans.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/09/14/obituaries/george-ashley-dies-arts-administrator-and-performer-66.html

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Ihara Saikaku (1642 – September 9, 1693)

Ihara Saikaku (1642 – September 9, 1693) was a Japanese poet and creator of the "floating world" genre of Japanese prose (ukiyo-zōshi). (Picture: Saikaku's 1686 novel Kōshoku Ichidai Onna was adapted in 1952 into Mizoguchi's movie The Life of Oharu (poster pictured))

Born as Hirayama Tōgo, the son of a wealthy merchant in Osaka, he first studied haikai poetry under Matsunaga Teitoku and later studied under Nishiyama Sōin of the Danrin School of poetry, which emphasized comic linked verse. From the age of fifteen Saikaku had begun to compose haikai no renga (linked verse). Scholars have described numerous extraordinary feats of solo haikai composition at one sitting; most famously, over the course of a single day and night in 1677, Saikaku is reported to have composed at least 16,000 haikai stanzas, with some sources placing the number at over 23,500 stanzas.

In 1662 at the age of twenty Saikaku had become a haikai master. Under the pen name Ihara Kakuei, Saikaku began to establish himself as a popular haikai poet. By 1670 Saikaku had developed his own distinctive style: In essence his haikai style relied on the use of colloquial language to depict contemporary chōnin life. Furthermore, during this time Saikaku owned and ran a medium-size business in Osaka.

Later in life he began writing racy accounts of the financial and amorous affairs of the merchant class and the demimonde. These stories catered to the whims of the newly prominent merchant class, whose tastes of entertainment leaned toward the arts and pleasure districts.

In 1673 he changed his pen name to Saikaku. However, the death of his dearly beloved wife in 1675 had an extremely profound impact him. A few days after her death, in an act of grief and true love, Saikaku started to compose a thousand-verse haikai poem over twelve hours. When this work was published it was called ‘Haikai Single Day Thousand Verse’ (Haikai Dokugin Ichinichi).

It was the first time that Saikaku had attempted to compose such a lengthy piece of literature. The overall experience and success that Saikaku received from composing such a mammoth exercise has been credited with sparking the writer’s interest in writing novels.

Shortly after his wife’s death, the grief-stricken Saikaku decided to become a lay monk, thus leaving behind his three children (one of whom was blind) to be cared for by his extended family and his business by his employees. He started his travels all across Japan after the death of his blind daughter.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ihara_Saikaku

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Mark Jollie (1952 - September 9, 1993)

Mark Jollie was a singer, dancer, music teacher, and later financial administrator of the New York City Opera.

Mark Jollie, the financial administrator of the New York City Opera since 1987, died on September 9, 1993, at the New York University Medical Center. He was 41 years old and lived in Manhattan.

Susan Woelzl, the spokeswoman for the New York City Opera, said that the cause was AIDS.

Mr. Jollie was born in Montclair, N.J., and was a graduate of Trenton State College. For the four years before he joined City Opera, he was an administrative assistant to John Crosby, the general director of the Santa Fe Opera. In the mid-1970's, Mr. Jollie taught music at Parsippany High School in New Jersey. From 1976 until 1982, he was a singer, dancer and coordinator in national touring productions of "Oklahoma" and "110 in the Shade."


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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/14/obituaries/mark-jollie-41-dies-a-city-opera-official.html

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Angel Martinez - Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: everyday I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: jb1311

Today author is Angel Martinez: The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez still has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing. She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes. Her work currently lives at Amber Quill Press, Total E Bound, Mischief Corner Books, and Silver Publishing. Update: Angel is newly signed with MLR Press - new release this fall.
Website: http://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/
Most recent title : Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses
Publishers: Amber Quill/Amber Allure, Silver Publishing, Total E-Bound, Mischief Corner Books LLC

Canines, Crosshairs And Corpses by Angel Martinez
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (May 21, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Canines, Crosshairs And Corpses

What's a Lord of the Dead to do? Hades' bride of several thousand years has served him with divorce papers and she doesn't just want him out of her life, she wants the palace and the dog, too. Hades' nephews and his faithful ferryman, Charon, are determined to find their uncle something to distract him before he expires of brooding misery.

Tiberius Snyder had a good future, until his mother dies and his employer shuts down. When he finds himself alone with nowhere to live, he turns to panhandling and to drink, depression slowly killing him.

He just wants a place to sleep out of the cold wind, but Death finds him in a dirty alley. Odd. Ti never thought Death would be so hot...

Kindly offered by Amber Quill Press


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