Spotlight on Gordon Blitz
I want to share with our BCC community the joy and pride I feel in my husband Gordon’s new birth as an extraordinary writer and performer since his retirement about two years ago, and the adaptation of his talents in this era of physical distancing.
Most of us have known of Gordon’s speaking and writing from occasional drashes at BCC, including the one he gave the evening of his last day working at a hospital chain where he had a 39 year career in finance and accounting. Before he retired he took poetry-writing classes at the Gay & Lesbian Center in Hollywood. Once he retired he began a daily blog, Culture Critique, which includes his reviews of books, TV shows, films, stage productions, podcasts and much more. He has included his own poems as well. His blog can be found at https://culturecritique.blog
Now Gordon is experiencing a recognition of his writing and reciting talent that has made him “drunk with joy.” He wrote short stories based on his memoirs and read them on stage at Akbar, a bar and performance venue in Silver Lake. These were audio-recorded as part of their Queer Slam series, and the producer decided that with physical distancing they would do a podcast of past Akbar performances.
For the online version of Queer Slam, the producer decided that since Gordon had performed numerous times, the premiere episode would be “Just Gordon.” This collection of Gordon’s funny and often poignant performances is now available online on Sound Cloud. Go to Sound Cloud, click on Discover, type in Queer Slam, and then click on top entry, Episode 21. The producer’s emails to Gordon were wonderfully warm and appreciative of his talent.
I am so proud Gordon is enjoying his retirement, exploring and improving his many talents, and helping friends in need. He has continued to expand his retired life taking courses ranging from two writing classes, a political science class, theatre, music appreciation and a comedy improv class. The latter class is not only enjoyable on its own but also adds to his burgeoning stand up comedy appearances. This facet of his talent was on display Wednesdays at The Village in Hollywood — not to resume until comedy is recognized as an essential job by the government!