Make Jerry Curl Great Again

You can't consider yourself a writer if you don't write.

In recent years, I have probably said those words to myself so often that they could be considered a mantra; a mantra that I don't want to embody but one that is nonetheless true.

I don't write anymore. I don't write to faraway friends. I don't write to remember. I don't write for pleasure. I don't write for release. I don't even Tweet.

At a recent job interview (for another job I didn't really want), I was asked what I would do for a living if I could do anything. Without even thinking about it, I said I would be a writer. But that was a stock answer. It's the answer I've always given to that question. But this time the answer felt phony. It felt forced. It didn't feel like me anymore.

The real, ugly, scary truth is that I don't know if I still got the right stuff to be the writer I wanted to be. While I have always questioned the validity of my own voice (my place in the…

Make Subscription Boxes Great Again: An open letter to Funko

Dear Funko,
I hope you read the following in the spirit of constructive criticism with which it is intended.
I've been collecting Funko POPs! since 2011. At that time, my meager little collection included only Disney villains. Since then, things have gotten progressively more diversified.
Last year, I jumped on the subscription box bandwagon for the first time. My first box was the Women of DC | Legion of Collectors box. It was a blind buy but I was sure that, with so many amazing heroines to pick from, the selection would be phenomenal. I was not disappointed: The Wonder Woman Invisible Jet, the un-Funkoed heroines tee, the artisty Batgirl patch. I didn't even mind the Harley Quinn pin. And that Hawkgirl POP! remains one of the crowning jewels of my collection.
The next Legion box was to be the Villains of Batman so I stuck around. That too was a terrific box.
Euphoric with excitement and never being party to legendary comic rivalries, I quickly subscribed to the Marvel Collector …

A note on Orlando

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years oldStanley Almodovar III, 23 years oldLuis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years oldJuan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years oldEric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years oldPeter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years oldLuis S. Vielma, 22 years oldKimberly Morris, 37 years oldEddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years oldDarryl Roman Burt II, 29 years oldDeonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years oldAlejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years oldAnthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years oldJean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years oldFranky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years oldAmanda Alvear, 25 years oldMartin Benitez Torres, 33 years oldLuis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years oldMercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years oldXavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years oldGilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years oldSimon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years oldOscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years oldEnrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years oldMiguel Angel Honorato, 30 years oldJavier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years oldJoel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years oldJason Benjamin Josaphat, 1…

The Golden Girls & Me: 30 Years of Laughs

My favorite show of all time and I both turn 30 this year, a fact that neither of our vanities take pleasure in commemorating publicly.
But a milestone is a milestone.
The Golden Girls premiered 30 years ago tonight on NBC, forever changing the television landscape for the better. In fact, it’s a show often and rightfully credited with creating a premise all its own. It’s a premise that has been duplicated over and over again (see: Designing Women, Living Single, Sex and the City, even HBO’s Girls).
Much has been said and written about how “ground-breaking” and “revolutionary” of a show it was to display four women living and loving (perhaps over-loving) well into their golden years. And that is all true and inspiring in and of it self. But very little has been written about its massive influence on the gay community both then and now.
Back in the mid-80s, The Golden Girls were shedding light on a community beleaguered by stigma and hate. In the context of Reagan's America, their the…

A Gleeful Goodbye

I think one of the most important things to master in life is how to say goodbye. Saying it at the right time, in the right place, and sometimes to the right person is a true mark of maturity. 
Tonight we said goodbye of another sort. After six seasons and 121 episodes, Glee brought the curtain down for the final time. The following is a reflection on the show, its legacy, and what it taught us about music and ultimately about ourselves.
Glee debuted in 2009 after some big football game. It was then that my unrelenting fandom for all things Glee-related began. I watched every episode religiously. I bought the CDs (yes kids, actual CDs) every time they were released. And for a while there, no Christmas was complete without Glee’s holiday album.
In so doing, I kinda felt as though I was an honorary member of their club. I was a Gleek.
However, in recent years the show strayed from its original premise of following our high school students. Or rather, it split between its original cast now …

2014: A Year in Review

In many ways, it’s been a fun and transformative year for me. I think 2014 will go down in the Jerry Book of Life as the year that I grew up. Here’s how...

Firstly, I took a big bite out of the bucket list of shows this year. After many years of waiting, I finally saw Billy Joel and Tony Bennett (not together). They were both exactly as excellent as I hoped they’d be. As is the case with so many of the acts I watch, the years have only made them better performers. Tony also released an album with Lady Gaga that, in many ways, I feel I contributed to. (See my Tweets about Gaga’s jazzy voice last Christmas). “Cheek to Cheek” is the album Gaga was born to make. Hands down, without question, this was the best album of the year. They’re coming to Chicago in the summer and I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the day that tickets go on sale. 

As second comings go, I saw Cher and Liza Minnelli again! Also not together. Cher’s D2K Tour was absolutely, jaw-droppingly amazing. The material on the new album le…

Vintage Bette Midler interview with Oprah

Stumbled upon this gem on YouTube today. Bette talks about Beaches, being a new mom, marriage, talent, her stage work, and working with Shelley Long.