An enormous number of images from gay porn magazines of the 1970s and ’80s have recently become available on the Internet, due to the generosity of collectors who scan and post huge caches of magazines. I’d like to share some with you … on Dennis’ blog, as I work my way through the stuff. I think the selections represent a lot of the codes and conventions of male homoerotic images in the days when I was developing my tastes and fixations and responses to men. Even though I’m inclined to smile at a lot of this stuff, I’m sort of shocked to realize that it defines the nostalgic power of photography for me a lot more than any family pictures. (Probably something about me and my family more than the era, I think.)
p.s. Hey. Some years back on my late, murdered blog Bernard Welt guest-hosted a series of posts that showcased and celebrated what constituted legal gay porn-in-print and imaginative gay porn magazine design in the mists of long ago aka the 1970s and early 1980s. This weekend I’ve culled a kind of ‘greatest hits’ from those posts, and you are asked to do something with them on your end. The particulars of your related experiences are of course entirely up to you. And there you have it. Enjoy, and thank you again from the future aka now, Bernard. ** Armando, I hope it was a good b’day. I definitely need to watch ‘The Silence’ again. Maybe I can find a way this weekend even. I’ll check. I guess I don’t really have any feelings one way or another about Green Day so your pleasure thereby seems totally understandable. Plans, me? See some art, I think, and work, blabla, as usual, and maybe a film. There’s some Chinese documentary whose title and subject matter I can’t remember playing here that Zac says looks great, so maybe that. And you? ** David Ehrenstein, He is one of America’s very greatest fiction writers for sure, I totally agree. Everyone, FaBlog takes on that guy in the White House here. ** Quinn R, Hi, Quinn. Oh, I’m not sure about the ticket prices. I can ask Gisele if her company can you get comps or discounted tickets, but she’s in Berlin for the film festival until next week. I’ll find out when she’s back. That your ex- works at France Culture and makes films is very interesting, of course. Well, even if your trip over to these parts is short due to possible new job starting, you won’t regret it, duh. Or, well, seemingly ‘duh’ because how do I know? Yes, I of course want to read Lonely Christopher’s new poetry collection. In fact I need to order it. I’ll be happy to read your take in LARB. I think the prospect of writing about poetry is needlessly intimidating. I don’t know why poetry has that kind of highfalutin vibe/rep. I wouldn’t worry, in other words. There are some upcoming poetry books I’m really looking forward to, although I’m blanking on the titles. Elaine Equi’s new one, for sure. Poetry releases are hard to keep up with. I kind of rely on SPD and certain exciting/reliable presses like Roof and Ugly Duckling and so on. I’ll try to remember titles, if you want. Yes, let me know your Paris itinerary when you know it, and I’ll check into the ‘TIHYWD’ tickets. Take care! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. Every single one of Rudy Wurlitzer’s books is great, in my opinion. The novel I spotlit yesterday is my favorite of them, I think. ** Bill, Ha ha, that is quite the mix-up. I am a big Henry Cow fan, yes, and Frith in general, and that great Slapp Happy/Henry Cow album, and more, and I heard that that book existed and then I forgot about it. I’ll order it. Wow, I haven’t a peep about Steven in a very long time. I think he’s way hiding out online if he’s on. Good to hear he’s out and about. I’ll listen to Junior Mint Prince. They’re totally new to me. Thanks, pal! ** Steve Erickson, I remember being very disappointed by ‘The Coca-Cola Kid’, but it’s been ages since I saw it, and I can barely remember it. That is depressing news, and, sadly, yes, understandable. Well, I hardly think complaining about or being saddened by the serious film programming lack is a privileged thing here where such things are the bread and butter. ** Okay. You are fully aware of what’s in store for you between now and Monday, so I will take my leave and see you again on Monday.