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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
LOVE YR BLOG: Jon Roth of Some Elements of Style
Jon "J.Ro" Roth is a class act from start to finish; I'm looking at his Facebook profile right now and like wildly wowing out over it- Jon sort of resembles the actor who played Richard Alpert on LOST, only with slamming personal style, but he's got those really sick vampire statement eyebrows, and we all know how I feel about great eyebrows. I feel great about them. Celebrity Scorpio Jon Roth as both human and blogger (Some Elements of Style) is one of the only people I've ever "met" ("Inter-met") whose passionate/obsessive mid-20th-century nostalgia rivals my own; now I'm going to come right out and say the lamest thing I'll ever say that is true, which is: Jon Roth is totally the gay Don Draper. He's also really smart about James Joyce and shit, and here is what you get when you scroll down the front page of his blog right now: Sally Draper, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, "greek youth bust" pornography, typewriters, liquor boats on fire, JAWS, mimes=people, boys boys boys, snuff boxes, World War II illustrations, Angelina Jolie, "What Stokes the Stoker?", B-movies about virginity loss, dogs dogs dogs, etc.
Irresistible, yes? Jon also did a very great job of answering his LOVE YR BLOG questions. Read on!
1. Tell us one thing you're really into at the moment that you want the whole world to know about.
Right now I'm really into 'urban exploration', which is a hip way to say 'trespassing on vacant property'. I've always had a thing for abandoned buildings: when I was little my grandma and I would drive out to a half-ghost town in Maryland called Cooper's Island to check out the empty houses. I remember she helped me through the window of this three-story clapboard place, then I ran around and unlocked the front door, and we climbed all the way up to the attic, where the roof had fallen through so you could see the sky and the floor was covered in old blank checks and bird poop.
I think experiences like that sort of cultivated my interest in desolate, forgotten places, and I kept exploring as I got older. In high school I'd drive with my friends to this abandoned asylum complex near Princeton called Skillman, where we could break plenty of rules with no adults around. It might be a creepy habit, but it's also really exciting - it's a bit like you're cast in a horror movie, but the chances are good you'll survive. As a matter of fact, Kristen Davis made her film debut at Skillman in a movie called 'Doom Asylum' (1987), so you can tell I like to visit places with serious heritage.
I just graduated Vassar and left Poughkeepsie, but there are a lot of great abandoned spots up there too. There's the Bennett School for Girls, which has this huge dilapidated Queen Anne building called Halcyon Hall, and I like to think of it as a version of Vassar (another historically female college) that didn't quite work out. Down the Hudson on a little island you can find Bannermans Castle, an old brick building built by a Scottish munitions tycoon to house his explosives - until they all exploded and turned the castle into a ruin. I'm really an amateur with this stuff, but if you're interested I'd check out Opacity, and there's a woman in Poughkeepsie who does a lot of great stuff too at Synesthetic Light.
2. Who is your all-time number one music crush?
To be embarrassingly frank, Ryan Cabrera. I don't really have music crushes anymore, but in my junior year of high school he was on my wall, on my desktop, and on my dumb minidisc player. This was around the time 'On the Way Down' came out, and I would just pretend he was singing to me (like everyone does I think). Ryan Cabrera's was the first concert I went to, along with my three best friends, and I had to elbow all these tweens out of my way so I could see him better. I know he's fallen on hard times. First his hair got dark and deflated, then he got a mustache. Recently I saw him in a pic with Audrina Partridge sporting a weird mix of his old hairstyle and his new one and the buried teenager inside me was pissed and embarrassed.
Nowadays I don't crush so hard. I'm developing feelings for the young Ricky Nelson and the young James Taylor, but I think those are flukes. Plus I'm gay so there are mostly divas (both pop and opera) on my iPod. I'm open to suggestions though.
3. What's one item in your closet that you can't live without?
This brown, black and tan tartan jacket I bought in The Garment District (in Cambridge, MA) two years ago. I'm guessing it was made in the 50's - it's cut short with secret darts in the back, silk lining, and a little metal chain sewn into the neck for easy hangability. The label inside is falling apart and says 'Saks 5th Avenue' and 'Made in Italy'. When I wear it, I feel like Ryan Gosling in that scene from 'The Notebook' when he dances with Rachel McAdams in the street to "I'll Be Seeing You."
4. What three albums do you want accompanying you on a hypothetical desert island exile?
Ella Fitzgerald Sings Cole Porter - There is never a bad time to listen to Ella.
Mozart's Requiem - I've been listening to this since I was 11 and didn't know what pop was.
Christina Aguilera Sings Jazz Standards - This album doesn't exist but ought to.
5. What's your spirit animal?
The slow loris. You probably know the slow loris thanks to several YouTube videos where humans mess with them and they proceed to do cute stuff. The best one involves loris tickling - if you do this to a loris, his arms raise up in the air in slo-mo like he's enjoying the best tickle of his life. I respond to tickling the same way. A couple weeks ago we had a Slutty Animals party in my apartment (if you can't beat the Mean Girls, join them) and I got a chance to tart up the slow loris with body glitter. I got tickled a lot. We made a Slow Gin Loris, which is like a Sloe Gin Fizz but with real gin instead. Also, Wikipedia tells me the Indonesian name for the slow loris, 'malu malu', means 'the shy one'. Body glitter notwithstanding, I am a shy one.
My second-string spirit animal is a chimera of a bunny, a snake and a wolf, which combines the three different spirit animal results I got from three different online tests.
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