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Morales Melodrama: Nancy Jo Sales on her Spiritual Marriage

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The story of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake’s tragic deaths really should become an opera, not a sad little documentary, not a poorly-lit cinema-stylo indie movie. Everyone involved is so dramatic.

Famed writer Nancy Jo Sales, author with the solo byline on Vanity Fair piece, takes issue with Melinda Hunt’s version of events at St. Marks in the Bowery that night in July and on her own relationship with Father Frank Morales.

Morales is begging for a nickname, ala the NY Post–the frisky friar? The popular padre. The ecstatic ecclesiastical, the vivacious vicar, the randy rector, the liturgical Lothario, the cuddling canon, the sexy sacristan.

Let’s hope Father Frank got lots of Christmas gifts, so he can give up wearing Jeremy Blake’s old wardrobe.

(Photo: Jeff Mermelstein/For New York Magazine)

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Sundown on Sunset: Lonely Streets

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The long awaited Vanity Fair piece on Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake comes out in the January issue, by Nancy Jo Sales. Fun fact: Sales was married to Father Frank Morales They met when he was a source for a story.

Gustavo “Ask A Mexican” Arellano thinks he’s smacking us upside and downside, but he’s not. How do you polish an orange, anyway?

Sean Penn rails against state of the world, state of the union, state of bugger all. Boy, Madonna must be so glad she’s not still married to him.

Sundown on Sunset: Shaky

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Salon’s readership just gets weirder and weirder: PhD candidate addicted to Potter fan fiction.

Ron Rosenbaum needs to stop with the conspiracy theories already. First he stepped into the Theresa Duncan morass and now the Presidential sex scandal.

Amy Goodman admits to Bell’s Palsy.

Stephen Colbert is not a candidate.

Slate V picked the winners of their Comedy News Contest–judge Kevin Bleyer must not want any competition from amateurs.

Theresa Duncan, Jeremy Blake Screenplay Offered

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Jonathan Chase, who may or may not be the actor, has a screenplay based on the recent deaths of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. The script, a 144 page thriller, is being advertised via a website, for 1 1/2 mil. And there’s a twist:

It’s the job of a sexy Puerto Rican detective, A. Rodriguez, to sift through acquaintances, and more than a few “scary” bloggers to solve a case with a shocking and surreal ending.

The opening’s pretty surreal as well, as this exchange shows:

BLAKE

I can’t help falling away when your trunk back-fires like a car.

(laughing)

What the hell else do you want me to do, Lady?

HOMELESS LADY

Get real. Theresa needs help. Pull her away from her destructive and unproductive habits. Take her out more, for starters. Look at her, she’s a caged bird…you’re going nuts, too. We’ve been watching.

FBLA has some casting suggestions for those scary bloggers.

Malcom McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay

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Charles Derwent follows up his earlier piece by writing on Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake in The Independent, quotes Malcolm McLaren:

“If we’re being honest,” says McLaren, “Jeremy was gay. I don’t think his relationship with Theresa was all that sexual. She was a mother to him. When I saw them in Hollywood, he was always terribly concerned that people would think he was a fag–he walked around with this hip flask of whisky in his pocket and he was constantly swigging from it, like some kind of cowboy.”

Other than this semi-bombshell, Duncanologists have read most of it before.

Earlier:
Newsweek On Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake
Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”

Sonja Steptoe Leaves Time Inc.

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FBLA received word that Sonja Steptoe, Time’s senior correspondent in Los Angeles, is leaving the warm embrace of the magazine world and joining a law firm next month. According to her University of Missouri alum bio:

She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and has been a correspondent for Sports Illustrated, People, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Court TV and CNN/SI. Today she is Time magazine’s senior correspondent and deputy Los Angeles Bureau chief. With Jackie Joyner-Kersee she co-wrote A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Female Athlete . She won an EMMY Award in 1999 and the National Headliner Award in 1998 for outstanding sports journalism. A Duke University law graduate, Steptoe was a Harry S Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Clay Scholar as an undergraduate at MU where she double-majored in economics and journalism.

While we’re not privy to Steptoe’s reasons for the switch, we’re disheartened that such an accomplished pro would leave journalism. If we were running Time, Inc., we’d done just about anything to keep her.

Choire Sicha Defends Los Angeles Times on Theresa Duncan

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Over at Gawker, Choire Sicha sticks up for his new pals at the LA Times, claiming that there weren’t two Theresa Duncan tribute pieces as we’d mentioned. He posts:

The paper didn’t “run” two tribute pieces–as far as we can tell, the first was rushed and only put online.)

We’re guessing he wanted to write one, as well. Too late! And was Swati Pandey’s piece rushed? And since when does online not count?

Theresa Duncan: an arch and fiery spirit
On her blog, the late Theresa Duncan shared what caught her fancy. A fan follows the map.
By Steffie Nelson
August 12, 2007

Theresa Duncan’s children
How the late blogger, critic and scenester created so many passionate fans.
By Swati Pandey
August 1, 2007

Earlier
LA Times Issues Theresa Duncan Correction

Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan–The NY Version

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David Amsden, writing in New York, fleshes out the details of the last days of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. Amsden’s a poetic writer:

During their moments of clarity there were few people as thrilling to be around as these two–the banter was invigorating, the exchange of ideas fervent–but an incident like this was a reminder that moments of clarity were increasingly rare. For many friends this image of the couple–abrasive, frightened, isolated from what they loved and fostered–would prove to be their final memory.

And those friends are heavily referenced in the piece, as very few were willing to talk on the record.

Theresa Duncan Blog Remembered in LA Times, Again

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Almost the minute that Chris Lee goes on vacation, the LA Times leaps to fill the Theresa Duncan info void. Keeping Lee’s seat warm, Steffie Lee writes a fan-girl tribute to Duncan’s blog, which she claims was neglected in other news stories. No new facts and at least one old fiction are presented (“broke their lease”).

Nelson must not have read Lee’s second piece, as she uncritically accepts the blog posts:

She routinely skewered the establishment (Artforum, she said, was a “fading critical powerhouse”)

Artforum’s editor, Tim Griffin, was one of those named in the harassment diary prepared by Duncan and Blake.

Writing about the couple’s move to NYC, Nelson asks a question, but answers it herself:

What happened to the love affair with Los Angeles? For one thing, Blake had been hired as a designer at New York-based video giant Rockstar Games.

Nelson must not know that he’d worked there before, and that his job that wasn’t as a game designer, but rather a graphic artist, meaning–it’s not a promotion.

Nelson has combed Duncan’s blog to catch some of the usual touchstones–Art Luna, the Alfa Romeo, Jean Seberg–but misses quite a bit, such as Duncan always celebrated her own birthday on Halloween, or that the artist who collected lovers’ heartbeats was Dario Robleto, who showed with Blake. She reads the blog all right, but not much else. This piece would be fine if Steffie had a MySpace page, but as big-city journalism, it’s banal crap.

This is the second tribute piece that the LAT has run, and FBLA can’t help but wonder why? The Times paid little or no attention to Duncan when she was alive, but once her Google numbers went up, the paper was all over her.

Poulet runs a site for true Duncanophiles, as does The Seaword.

Sundown on Sunset: All Over the Map

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High Friends in Low Places
FBLA gets a lot of Anonymous Tips from this ISP

Honey, I’m Home
Did the Mistress move into the Mayor’s Mansion?

Staircase to Heaven
The Theresa Duncan story has many chapters.
Many, many chapters.

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