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"Method of this work:
literary montage.
I have nothing to say only to show."
(Passagenwerk (1927 - 1940) - Walter Benjamin)

2005, Feb 13; 00:35 ::: Jack London : Novels and Stories : Call of the Wild / White Fang / The Sea-Wolf / Klondike and Other Stories () - Jack London

Jack London : Novels and Stories : Call of the Wild / White Fang / The Sea-Wolf / Klondike and Other Stories () - Jack London [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Product Description:
Thrilling action, an intuitive feeling for animal life, a sense of justice that often works itself out through violence: these are the qualities that made Jack London phenomenally popular in his own day and continue to make him, at home and abroad, one of the most widely read of all American writers. "The Call of the Wild," perhaps the best novel ever written about animals, traces a dog's education for survival in the ways of the wolfpack. "White Fang," in which a wolf-dog becomes domesticated out of love for a man, is an unforgettable portrayal of a world of "hunting and being hunted, eating and being eaten, all in blindness and confusion." In "The Sea-Wolf," the primitive takes human form in the ruthless, indomitable Wolf Larsen, captain of a crew of outcasts on the lawless Alaskan seas. Set in the Klondike, California, Mexico, and the South Seas, the short stories collected here--many for the first time--show London as one of the great American storytellers.

First Sentence:
BUCK did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.

2005, Feb 13; 00:08 ::: Diary of a Drug Fiend (1922)- Aleister Crowley

Diary of a Drug Fiend (1922)- Aleister Crowley [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

First sentence: "Yea, I certainly was feeling depressed..." (more)

see also Aleister Crowley

2005, Feb 14; 22:53 ::: Rationalism

Rationalism, also known as the rationalist movement, is a philosophical doctrine that asserts that the truth should be determined by reason and factual analysis, rather than faith, dogma or religious teaching. Rationalism has some similarities in ideology and intent to secular humanism and atheism, in that it aims to provide a framework for social and philosophical discourse outside of religious or supernatural beliefs. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationalism [Feb 2005]

In philosophy, reason (from Latin ratio, by way of French raison) is the faculty by means of which or the process through which human beings perform thought, especially abstract thought. Many thinkers have pondered reason, and the various views on the nature of reason may not be compatible with one another.

Reason is sometimes narrowly defined as the faculty or process of drawing logical inferences. From Aristotle onwards, such reasoning has been classified as either deductive reasoning, meaning "from the general to the particular", or inductive reasoning, meaning "from the particular to the general". In the 19th century, Charles Peirce, an American philosopher, added a third classification, abductive reasoning, by which he meant "from the best available information to the best explanation", which has become an important component of the scientific method. In modern usage, "inductive reasoning" sometimes includes almost all non-deductive reasoning, including what Peirce would call "abductive". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 14; 15:09 ::: Il Monumento Continuo, New New York - Superstudio (1969-1971)

Il Monumento Continuo, New New York - Superstudio (1969-1971)

Some 30 years ago, Superstudio, a group of radical Florentine architects, proposed a gridded superstructure that would wrap around the world. Eventually, this structure, Il Monumento Continuo, would cover the entire surface of the planet, leaving the Earth as featureless as the smoothest desert, or, more to the point, as a wilfully low-brow, suburban-style western city. http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/critic/feature/0,1169,1048090,00.html [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 14; 13:52 ::: Presagio di rose (1967) - Archizoom

Presagio di rose (1967) - Archizoom, part of a dream bed series

Studio founded in 1966 in Firenze (Italy) by four architects: Andrea Branzi (born 1938), Gilberto Corretti (born 1941), Paolo Deganello (born 1940), Massimo Morozzi (born 1941) and two designers: Dario Bartolini (born 1943) and Lucia Bartolini (born 1944). They worked on exhibition installations and architecture and designed interiors and products. Archizoom was polemical in speech and practice in this period of social radicalism. In 1968, at the Triennale in Milan, they organized the 'Center for Eclectic Conspiracy'. In 1972, they declared the 'right to go against a reality that lacks 'meaning'... to act, modify, form, and destroy the surrounding environment. The 'Mies' chair is a well-known example of their work. --http://www.designaddict.com/design_index/index.cfm/fuseaction/designer_show_one/DESIGNER_ID/8/index.cfm [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 13; 23:20 ::: In Praise of Folly (1509|1511) - Desiderius Erasmus

In Praise of Folly (1509|1511) - Desiderius Erasmus [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Product Description:
Witty, influential work by one of the greatest scholars of the Renaissance satirizes the shortcomings of the upper classes and religious institutions. Required reading for humanities classes, this literary gem is ripe with vignettes and caricatures--with Folly, a metaphor for stupidity, the centerpiece. Unabridged republication of the John Wilson translation. --via Amazon.com

The Praise of Folly (Latin title: Moriae Encomium, sometimes translated as In Praise of Folly, Dutch title: Lof der Zotheid) is an essay written in 1509 by Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) and first printed in 1511. Erasmus revised and extended the work, which he originally wrote in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at More's estate in Bucklersbury. The Praise of Folly is considered one of the most influential works of literature in Western civilization and one of the catalysts of the Reformation. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praise_of_Folly [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 13; 23:11 ::: Calm Sea (1887) - Arnold Böcklin

Calm Sea (1887) - Arnold Böcklin

2005, Feb 13; 15:02 ::: Palais Stoclet (1905-1911) - Josef Hoffmann

Palais Stoclet (1905 to 1911) - Josef Hoffmann, Brussels, Belgium

"The allusions to classicism, visible despite Hoffmann's conscious distortions, locks the building in an ordered and composed whole and places it in a world of lost archetypes: Roman, Flemish, Byzantine. In spite of its domestic forms the object is no longer recognizable in terms of type; located on the margins of a city largely composed of suburbs, more refined than anything most people are accustomed to, the Palais Stoclet, with its rarefied decorations and objets d'art, waits in its park for a silent crowd. Its sumptuous exterior, crowned by Metzner's sculptures, transforms it into an object with no other significance than an architectural one." -- Giuliano Gresleri. Josef Hoffmann. New York: Rizzoli, 1981. p60. via http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Stoclet_Palace.html [Feb 2005]

The Vienna Secession or (also known as Secessionstil, or Sezessionstil in Austria) was part of that highly varied movement that is now covered by the general term Art Nouveau. Sezessionstil architects liked to decorate the surface of their buildings with linear ornamentation in a form commonly called whiplash or eel styles. Otto Wagner's Majolika Haus in Vienna (c1898) is a significant example of the Austrian use of line. Otto Wagner's way of modifying Art Nouveau decoration in a classical manner did not find favour with some of his pupils who broke away to form the Secessionists. One was Josef Hoffmann who left to form the Wiener Werkstatte, an Austrian equivalent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. A good example of his work is the Stoclet House in Brussels (1905).

Other figures of the Vienna Secession include:

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Secession [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 12; 20:05 ::: Those Who Came Before

Recently, I have been reading and re-reading texts by and about some of the central figures in 20th century design. Specifically, I’ve been spending time with, Misha Black, Kenji Ekuan, Moholy-Nagy, George Nelson, Dieter Rams, Etorre Sottsass, and Eva Zeisel. What I find so interesting is how many of our (my) contemporary ideas and concerns have been previously addressed by these and other designers. More specifically, what is troubling is how the written work of these designers seems to have been forgotten, or worse, gone unnoticed. There might be several reasons for this, paramount among them that writings by designers are simply not known of outside of design studies and that within design practice there is little emphasis placed on studying the writings of designers - the obvious emphasis being on studying their work. I also worry (with more than a hint of self-interest) that the writings of designers are discounted as being too intimate or not rigorous. -- via Robotarium by Carl DiSalvo, PhD candidate in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, http://robotarium.com/weblog/index.php?p=23 [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 19:19 ::: Dave Cooper

Untitled painting by Dave Cooper

image sourced from http://www.davegraphics.com/images/2004/image_2.jpg, Dave Cooper's site http://www.davegraphics.com

Books by Dave Cooper at http://fantagraphics.com/artist/d_cooper/cooper.html [Feb 2005]

Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, underground comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, and graphic novels located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron. Kim Thompson joined the company several years later, and is currently co-owner with Groth. In 2003 the company nearly went out of business, but was saved by a restructuring and an outpouring of support from customers.

Fantagraphics is dedicated to promoting comics as a venerable art form. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantagraphics_Books [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 16:44 ::: La philosophie dans le boudoir (1948) - René Magritte

La philosophie dans le boudoir (1948) - René Magritte

See also: bedroom

2005, Feb 11; 13:56 ::: Chrysler building gargoyle (1930) - William van Alen

Chrysler building gargoyle (1930) - William van Alen

see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Building [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 13:13 ::: Jeanne Lanvin's Bathroom (1920-22) - Armand Rateau

Jeanne Lanvin's Bathroom (1920-22) - Armand Rateau

Image sourced from http://drwagnernet.com/40b/lecture-view.cfm?lecture=8 [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 11:30 ::: American Art Deco () - Alastair Duncan

American Art Deco () - Alastair Duncan [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Product Description:
Art Deco was the most important decorative style of the late 1920s and 1930s, and its expression in America was seen in virtually every area of the fine and decorative arts: architecture, sculpture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, silver, graphic arts, and jewelry. This splendid book explores the indigenous tradition of Art Deco in America and, in over 500 illustrations, reveals the beauty and extent of the style as it was manifested here. Most of the important buildings, in all parts of the country, were embellished with strong Art Deco themes. William van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Joseph Urban, among others, created some of the most memorable architecture of the century: the Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall in New York; the Union Trust Building in Detroit; the Richfield Oil Building and the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. Furniture, whether in homes, offices, restaurants, or nightclubs, was revolutionized by Art Deco's modernist stylizations (including the uniquely American skyscraper motif), and American designers from Paul Theodore Frankl to Donald Deskey to Russel Wright to Walker von Nessen created sofas, screens, and dressing tables in the Art Deco spirit. On radios, book covers, fabrics, automobiles--the influence of Art Deco abounded. This beautifully produced volume brings American Art Deco to life with illustrations of objects ranging from cocktail shakers to the Trylon and Perisphere of the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Alastair Duncan, an internationally acknowledged authority on Art Deco and Art Nouveau, and author of many books on the subject, has written the definitive volume on the American interpretations of one of the most successful design styles of the century.

2005, Feb 11; 10:57 ::: Butler House (1936) - George Kraetsch and E.E. Butler

Butler House (1936) - George Kraetsch and E.E. Butler [Des Moines, Iowa]

Image sourced from http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA01/Lisle/30home/modern/butler.html [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 10:49 ::: Pan Pacific Auditorium (1935) - Becket Wurdeman

Pan Pacific Auditorium (1935) - Becket Wurdeman

Image sourced from http://drwagnernet.com/40b/lecture-view.cfm?lecture=8 [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 10:26 ::: The 1934 Chrysler Airflow

The 1934 Chrysler Airflow

2005, Feb 11; 10:26 ::: Belgian Pavillion

Belgian Pavillion (1937) - M.M. Van de Veild - Eggericx Verwilghen - Schmitz

Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la vie Moderne 1937 via http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~aprobert/paris371.htm [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 11; 10:02 ::: Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (1954) - Rudolf Arnheim

Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (1954) - Rudolf Arnheim [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Product Description:
Since its publication fifty years ago, this work has established itself as a classic. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one's eye organizes visual material according to specific psychological premises. In 1974 this book was revised and expanded, and since then it has continued to burnish Rudolf Arnheim's reputation as a groundbreaking theoretician in the fields of art and psychology.

2005, Feb 10; 23:56 ::: Georges Lepape (1887-1971)

Georges Lepape, Les choses de Paul Poiret, Paris: Maquet, 1911

Georges Lepape (1887-1971) is considered one of the great Art Deco illustrators alongside Barbier and Erté. After illustrating Les choses de Paul Poiret his career took off. His work permeated the arts in theater, fashion, film, and literature. Beginning around 1916, Lepape illustrated covers for Vogue, where his whimsical yet elegant style of fashion illustration dominated until the 1930s. --http://www3.fitnyc.edu/museum/artful_line/nouveau4.htm [Dec 2004]

Paul Poiret (20 April 1879, Paris, France - 30 April 1944, Paris) was a couturier (dress designer) who worked in Paris in the years before World War I. He is best known for designing the hobble skirt. He worked as a designer in the fashion house of Charles Frederick Worth in Paris before opening his own shop in 1903. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poiret [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 10; 15:18 ::: Der Junge Törless/Young Toerless (1966) - Volker Schlöndorff

Der Junge Törless/Young Toerless (1966) - Volker Schlöndorff [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Academy Award(tm)-winning director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) won the International Critics Award at Cannes for his first feature, a chilling allegory of war-time oppression. Set at a military boarding school at the turn of the century, the shy and intelligent Toerless wants to report the humiliation and torture of a fellow classmate, but remains silent when the others threaten to name him as an accomplice. This mind blowing psychological thriller contains striking performances - including one by Barbara Steele, the sultry queen of Italian cult Horror.

Der junge Törless (Young Törless) is a 1966 German movie directed by Volker Schlöndorff adapted from the autobiographical novel Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törless by Robert Musil dealing with the sadistic and homoerotic tendencies of a group of boys at an Austrian military academy at the beginning of the 20th century.

When Thomas Törless (Mathieu Carrière) arrives at the academy, his interest is soon piqued by the apparently homosexual Anselm von Basini (Marian Seidowsky), who, after having been caught stealing by fellow student Reiting (Fred Dietz), becomes Reiting's "slave", bowing to Reiting's sadistic rituals. Törless follows their relationship with intellectual interest but without emotional involvement.

Also partaking in these sessions is Beineberg (Bernd Tischer), with whom Törless visits Bozena (Barbara Steele), the local prostitute. Again, Törless is aloof and more intrigued than excited by the woman.

When Basini and Törless are left alone in the academy, Törless sleeps with Basini, though he later decides it was just an experiment.

After Basini is nearly lynched by a mob because of one of Reiting's intrigues, Törless, having completed the transition from youth to adult, takes his life in his own hands for the first time and leaves the academy. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_junge_T%F6rless [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 10; 12:40 ::: Homophobia in reggae

Deal to ban 'homophobic' reggae

"The reggae industry is to refuse to release or stage concerts featuring homophobic songs under a global deal struck with gay rights groups."

From the BBC's site... "homophobia in Jamaica goes far beyond songs lyrics, with gay men and women "beaten, cut, burned, raped and shot on account of their sexuality", according to Amnesty International. It says while no official statistics are available, according to published reports at least 30 gay men are believed to have been murdered in Jamaica since 1997. And at least five Jamaicans have been granted asylum in the UK in the last two years because their lives had been threatened as a result of their sexual identity." --http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3653140.stm via http://dubdotdash.blogspot.com/ [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 09; 21:43 ::: Newton, Sex & Landscapes (2004) Philippe Garner, June Newton

Newton, Sex & Landscapes (2004) Philippe Garner, June Newton [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Product Description:
The collection "Sex & Landscapes" brings together a rich selection from Helmut Newton’s little-known landscape and travel photographs, as well as unseen "tougher" sex pictures, described by Philippe Garner of de Pury & Luxembourg as "Helmut’s world of dark, brooding seas, baroque statuary, crashing waves, a long desert highway under threatening skies, a Berlin park at dusk, enigmatic apartment buildings at night, the Rhine seen from the air, the shadows of airplanes, all this interwoven with hard and voyeuristic sexual imagery, plus a touch of his high style and glamour." The book’s publication coincides with the exhibition of "Sex and Landscapes," which will open on June 3 at the inauguration of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.

2005, Feb 09; 19:41 ::: Antwerp, Belgium, 1566: Beeldenstorm

Engraving of the Iconoclasm from G. Bouttat (1640-1703)

During the Iconoclasm of August 20, 1566, Protestants destroyed a large part of the valuable interior. When Antwerp came under Protestant administration in 1581, a number of artistic treasures were once again destroyed, removed or sold. Only after 1585, with the restoration of Roman Catholic authority, did tranquility return once more. --http://www.dekathedraal.be/en/tijdlijn/tl_4.htm [Feb 2005]

Some of the Protestant reformers encouraged their followers to destroy Catholic art works by insisting that they were idols. Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin promoted this approach to the adaptation of earlier buildings for Protestant worship. In 1562, some Calvinists destroyed the tomb of St. Irenaeus and the relics inside, which had been under the altar of a church since his martyrdom in 202.

The Netherlands (including Belgium) were hit by a large wave of Protestant iconoclasm in 1566. This is called the Beeldenstorm. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconoclastic#Reformation_iconoclasm [Feb 2005]

The english translation of beeldenstorm is iconoclasm.

Literally, an iconoclast is a person who destroys icons, that is, sacred paintings or sculpture.

The more common meaning in current usage is that an iconoclast is a person who carries out symbolic or quixotic acts of protest against authority figures. There is a connotation that the iconoclast opposes the imposition of authority itself rather than any particular policy or action. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconoclast [2004]

2005, Feb 08; 20:51 ::: Positif 50 Years (2002) - Michel Ciment, Laurence Kardish

Positif 50 Years: Selected writings from the French Film Journal (2002) - Michel Ciment, Laurence Kardish [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

About the Author
Laurence Kardish is Curator and Coordinator of film exhibitions in the Department of Film and Media at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Product Description:
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary and the 500th issue of the French film journal Positif--voilà! What could satisfy the cinephile more than an anthology, in English, of the very best Positif articles from the last five decades? A preeminent film magazine since its inception, the monthly Positif has always been at the forefront of critical thought, discerning trends in cinema as they are happening. With over 40 articles covering some of the most notable films of the past 50 years, this compendium reveals how the magazine accomplished that very feat throughout its existence. Read Bernard Chardère on Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados, Paul-Louis Thirard on Maurice Burnan, Robert Benayoun on Frederico Fellini, and other critics on flicks from The African Queen and Hiroshima mon Amour to Reservoir Dogs and Fanny and Alexander. With an introduction by Michel Ciment, the editor of the magazine, and articles by distinguished critics and practitioners, this compilation pays tribute to both the importance of films and the lasting value of Positif.

Edited by Lawrence Kardish.
Essays by Bernard Chadère, Jacques Demeure, Michel Subiela, Paul-Louis Thirard, Roger Tailleur, Ado Kyrou, Bernard Pingaud, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Paul Török, Robert Benayoun, Louis Seguin, Michel Pérez, Frédéric Vitoux, Lorenzo Codelli, Alain Garsautl, Jacques Goimard, Michel Sineux, Michael Henry, Gérard Legrand, Isabelle Jordan, Jacques Segond and Petr Kral --Amazon.com [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 08; 19:00 ::: Harmful to Minors (2002) Judith Levine

Harmful to Minors (2002) Judith Levine [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex (ISBN 0816640068) is a book by Judith Levine that was published in 2002 with a foreword by former United States Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.

In the book, Levine lambasts US laws concerning child pornography, statutory rape, and abortion for minors. It also analyzes abstinence only sex education, which Levine considers counter-productive and dangerous.

Because of its controversial nature and content, it was nearly impossible for Levine to find a publisher-one prospective publisher even called it "radioactive." University of Minnesota Press eventually agreed to publish the book, despite cries of outrage from the right wing of Minnesota's political establishment.

It became famous after it won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Conservatives such as Joe Scarborough and Robert Knight inaccurately accused Levine of promoting pedophilia for her suggestion that the US adopt statutory rape laws similar to those in the Netherlands. Some demanded the book be removed from libraries. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmful_to_Minors [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 08; 12:15 ::: Robert Smithson's land art

Spiral Jetty (1970) - Robert Smithson

Spiral Jetty, considered to be the masterpiece of American sculptor Robert Smithson, is the name of an earthwork sculpture built in 1970. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Jetty

2005, Feb 08; 12:08 ::: Paul Mccarthy (1996) - Ralph Rugoff

Paul Mccarthy (Contemporary Artists) (1996) - Ralph Rugoff [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

From Library Journal
If we are to see art as a mirror of society, the work of Paul McCarthy reflects all that is perverted, violent, and deranged in this world. Characterized by crawling around on hands and knees in specially built environments (e.g., Santa's workshop) and dousing his body in ketchup and mayonnaise, his performances repulse, but he remains one of the most talked-about artists today. Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art, this catalog documents over 30 years of McCarthy's art, including performance, installation, video, and photographic work. One of the strengths of this publication is the critical analysis provided by three highly regarded scholars. In comparison, the 1996 monograph from Phaidon Press's "Contemporary Artist" series of the same title offers performance scripts, interviews with the artist, and samples of his own writing. Both publications offer a plethora of color and black-and-white reproductions. Recommended for libraries with good contemporary art collections. Krista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Description:
Working in a pioneering fusion of sculpture and conceptually based performance, Paul McCarthy is one of the most influential figures in contemporary art-however the full range is of his oeuvre is still not fully appreciated or understood. While his architectural installations incorporating video and performance artifacts have received copious critical and curatorial attention during the present decade, few viewers are familiar with the scope of his artistic evolution, or with the impact his works had had on two generations of Los Angeles artists. This catalogue-accompanying McCarthy exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in new York-covers more than 100 works from all areas of his activity, and gives an exemplary insight into McCarthy's works form the early 70s up to the present day. Experts on his work give comprehensive descriptions and analyses of the artist's performances and installations, examine the unique ties between his works and the cinematic arts, and explore the ongoing dialogue between the artistic cultures of New York and Los Angeles, particularly in terms of the development of conceptual art.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

2005, Feb 07; 23:15 ::: Selected censorship incidents

1497 - Savonarola promotes 'bonfire of vanities' in Florence

1558 - 'fig leaves' added to Michelangelo's Last Judgement

1573 - Veronese ordered to 'correct' his Last Supper

1832 - Daumier punished for caricature of Louis-Philippe by six months in prison

1873 Comstock Act in US

1898 - Klimt's Vienna Sezession 'Minotaur' poster emasculated

1918 - UK ban on reproduction of CR Nevinson's Paths of Glory

1933 - Rockefeller Center mural by Diego Rivera destroyed after featuring image of Lenin

1934 - Cadmus' The Fleet's In! withdrawn from PWAP exhibition at Corcoran Gallery in Washington

1938 Entartete Kunst exhibition in Munich and further purging of official collections in Germany

1961 - suppression of Siqueiros murals in Mexico City

1964 - Warhol's Thirteen Most Wanted Men mural at New York World's Fair painted over

1989 - Corcoran Gallery cancels Mapplethorpe exhibition

1997 - 'Piss Christ' controversy at National Gallery of Victoria

2001 Taliban destroys Bamiyan sculptures in Afghanistan

--http://www.caslon.com.au/censorshipguide13.htm [Feb 2005]

Caslon Analytics censorship and free speech guide

This guide explores censorship, regulation of offensive material and free speech in the digital environment. It includes discussion of freedom of information, archives and whistleblowing legislation. --http://www.caslon.com.au/censorshipguide.htm [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 07; 23:15 ::: Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Two of Goya's most famous pictures, shown above, are known as The Clothed Maja and The Nude Maja (La Maja vestida and La Maja desnuda). They depict the same woman in the same pose, clothed and naked respectively. La Maja Vestida was painted after outrage in Spanish society over the previous Desnuda. He refused to paint clothes on her, and so simply created a new painting. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Goya [Feb 2005]

Saturn Devouring His Son (1819)

Another one of his more famous works is "Saturn Devouring His Son", which displays a Greco-Roman mythological scene of the god Saturn consuming a child. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Goya [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 07; 22:54 ::: The Encyclopedia of Censorship (1990) - Jonathon Green

The Encyclopedia of Censorship (1990) - Jonathon Green [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

From Library Journal
The crowded roster of those who have been affected by censorship, as well as the books, films, and other works attacked, are found in these informative pages. Controversies that have arisen over the years are given historical context; highly valuable national wrap-ups treat the culture, law, and predominant trends of diverse lands. The entries, written in factual, declamatory style, are usually less than a page. Bibliographic detail is limited, but the literature is well represented. Green makes little attempt to convey the censor's outlook; he states that in his research he found few writings advocating censorship. Though he details censorship in U.S libraries, he takes little note of the most recent developments. Still, this work should be useful in fielding queries with free-expression angles. Recommended for most libraries. -- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L., Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

2005, Feb 07; 20:50 ::: La Marge (1967) - André Pieyre de Mandiargues

La Marge (1967) - André Pieyre de Mandiargues [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

1967 - André Pieyre de Mandiargues, La Marge , winner of The Prix Goncourt, the most prestigious prize in French language literature. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Goncourt [Feb 2005]

L'anglais décrit dans le château fermé (1953) - Morion Pierre [André Pieyre de Mandiargues] [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

2005, Feb 07; 20:50 ::: The Barcelona Pavilion (1929) - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the German Pavilion for the 1929 World's Fair in Barcelona. It was an important building in the history of modern architecture, known for its simple form and extravagant material, such as marble and travertine.

The building stood on a large podium alongside a pool. The structure itself consisted of eight steel posts supporting a flat roof, with curtain glass walling and a handful of paritition walls. The overall impression is of perpendicular planes in three dimensions forming a cool, luxurious space.

The Pavilion was demolished at the end of the exhibition, but a copy has since been built on the same site. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona_Pavilion [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 07; 19:42 ::: The Style of the Century: 1900-1980 () - Bevis Hillier

The Style of the Century: 1900-1980 () - Bevis Hillier [Amazon.com]

From Book News, Inc.
The venerable Hillier (London Times, British Museum, Connoisseur, etc.) reviews Euro-American art styles from Edwardian to post-punk, as manifest in architecture, fashion, automobile design, pop music, and other joys and trials of daily life. No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Product Description:
In this ambitious book Bevis Hillier cuts a wide swath through social and decorative history and give a far-ranging view of the twentieth century, from Edwardian and Art Nouveau to some startling predictions about what we may expect before "the magic year 2000".

2005, Feb 07; 19:15 ::: Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle. Edition originale clandestine sans nom d'auteur, d'éditeur (Losfeld) ni de date (1959), 308 p. Couverture bleue. 14x20 cm. --http://emmanuellearsan.free.fr/bibliographie.htm [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 07; 12:16 ::: Barbarella

Barbarella (1962) - Jean-Claude Forest

Barbarella (1962) - Jean-Claude Forest [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

The first saga of Barbarella in 1962 is comprised of eight episodes. The young heroine is introduced as a space wanderer in a solar system far from Earth. Crash-landing on planet Lythion, Barbarella becomes involved in a war between the Crystallians, who inhabit a giant greenhouse, and the barbaric Orhomrs, who live in the frozen wasteland outside. With a little bit of love, she prompts them to make peace with each other.

Two years after the start of Barbarella's publication in V-Magazine, French publisher Eric Losfeld, who specialized in fantasy and erotic literature, offered to collect the stories in book form. Published in 1964, the album was a phenomenal success. It quickly sold more than 200,000 copies, despite the censor's ruling that the book could not be publicly displayed.

Dubbed the "first comic strip for grown-ups," Barbarella attracted rave reviews from a varied assortment of magazines including French literary weekly Arts ("a modern epic"), Newsweek ("a mythic creature of the space age"), and Playboy ("the very 'apoptheosis' of eroticism"). --http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/forestint.html [Feb 2005]

Barbarella was originally a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest, who originated the character for serialisation in the French magazine V-Magazine in 1962. The comic stars Barbarella, a young woman who has numerous adventures, often involving sex, while journeying around the galaxy. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarella [Feb 2005]

Barbarella (1968) - Roger Vadim [Amazon.com]

A movie adaptation [of Barbarella] was made in 1968.

It is famous for a sequence in which the title character performs a striptease in zero gravity during the opening credits.

Barbarella is one of the few science fiction erotica films and includes an erotic torture device that is described in the orgasmatron article.

The whole film is played in a very tongue-in-cheek manner-especially when it comes to the frequent (but non-explicit) sex scenes. The special effects look cheaply-made and unconvincing, but there is a suggestion that they are meant to look that way in order to reinforce the film's camp atmosphere.

The film was simultaneously shot in French and English. In the French version, Fonda performs her own lines in French. In the English version Pallenberg's lines are dubbed by Fenella Fielding, at least according to the region2 DVD booklet notes, although others have claimed that the voice actually belongs to Joan Greenwood. Marceau's lines are also dubbed into English.

De Laurentiis returned to camp science fiction (but without the erotica) with 1980's Flash Gordon. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarella [Feb 2005]

Sex in science fiction
Modern science fiction frequently involves themes of sex, gender and sexuality. This was not always so. During the 1930s and 40s "golden age" of science fiction sex was rarely if ever even mentioned, although there was certainly no lack of innuendo and suggestion. The idea, however, that strong female characters played little or no role in the pulps of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, is wrong. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_in_science_fiction [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 07; 12:00 ::: Pravda

Pravda (1967) - Pascal Thomas & Guy Pellaert

Pravda la Survireuse [Pravda the Overdriver] is a leather-clad, panther-bike-riding amazon whose adventures take place in a Mad Max-like, futuristic city, inhabited by degenerate people.

Pravda was initially serialized in the magazine "Hara-Kiri" in 1967. It was then collected as a graphic novel by publicher Eric Losfeld in 1968.

Pravda was designed to look like French singer Francois Hardy;

Eric Losfeld had previously published Jean-Claude Forest's Barbarella in 1964, and Philippe Druillet's Lone Sloane and Guy Pellaert's Jodelle. --http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/pravda.htm [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 06; 17:36 ::: Michel Mourre

[...] one Michel Mourre, who in 1950 took over Easter Mass at Notre-Dame to proclaim the death of God --http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/MARLIP.html [Feb 2005]

April 9, 1950
A group of lettrists - including Serge Berna, Jean-Louis Brau, Ghislain Desnoyers de Marbaix and Michel Mourre - perpetrates the Notre-Dame Scandal, when Mourre, dressed as a Dominican monk, reads a sermon prepared by Berna announcing the death of God at Easter mass. --http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/1956.html [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 06; 16:23 ::: Valie Export

Tapp und Tastkino (1968) - Valie Export
B/W photo, Ed. 1/5, 76 x 85 x 4 cm
Photo: Galerie Charim, Wien

Valie Export (Waltraud Hollinger)
Born 1940, Liz, Austria. --http://www.the-artists.org/ArtistView.cfm?id=24E7F726-FD7D-4D1B-B256E3479AD0155E [Feb 2005]

1968 - Valie Export (a lady) appeared on the street with a miniature puppet-theatre stage constructed around her bare, but hidden, breasts. Using a bull-horn she invited the public to step up, reach through the curtains and touch her breasts (Tapp und Tastkino). --http://www.xs4all.nl/~kazil/advart01.html [Feb 2005]

1969 - Valie Export dressed in pants with the crotch cut away and a machine gun slung over her shoulder entered a pornographic cinema in Munich. Adressing the audience that had come to watch genitalia on the screen she announced that "real" genitalia were available and that they could do whatever they wished. The people left the theatre. (Genital Panic). --http://www.xs4all.nl/~kazil/advart01.html [Feb 2005]

2005, Feb 05; 17:34 ::: Amnesty International

Poster for Amnesty International (1982) - Roland Topor

Freedom of speech is the right to freely say what you please, as well as the related right to hear what others have stated. It is self-explanatory. Recently, it has been commonly understood as encompassing full freedom of expression, including the freedom to create and distribute movies, pictures, songs, dances, and all other forms of expressive communication. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech [Oct 2004]

2005, Feb 05; 17:34 ::: Nuit de Chine, erotic bookstore, Brussels, Belgium

Images Interdites (1989) - Yves Frémion, Bernard Joubert [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Cover image by Roland Topor

Nuit de Chine
Place Fontainas 26 - 1000 Bruxelles


  • Amour - érotisme et cinéma (1957) - Ado Kyrou
  • Images Interdites (1989) - Yves Frémion, Bernard Joubert
    L’histoire de la censure au cinéma, dans les journaux, les revues, les affiches et les livres.
  • Fascination 27 (1985)

    Owner of Nuit de Chine (Hugues Delwart?) told me that Yoshifumi Hayashi lives and works in Paris. Supposedly he guides Japanese tourists in a Paris museum.

    Lots of Pichard albums, japanese bondage magazines, issues of Fascination, old issues of Maniac, eroticism in cinema, erotic fiction, dvds, vhs, comics.

    Nuit de Chine appears to be the Brussels equivalent of Un Regard Moderne, in Paris. Is there an equivalent in other cities around the world? [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 04; 14:04 ::: Masochism as a psychoanalytic concept

    Psychoanalysis as a method of investigation and masochism as a subject of research came into existence at about the same time. The designation of masochism is about ten years older, depending upon the date one chooses for the beginning of psychoanalysis. As a result, the ideas about the special place of the newly defined perversion in sexuality and mental life exerted an influence on the development of psychoanalysis. There were many disagreements among Freud's contemporaries in their efforts to delineate and define a syndrome named masochism, and to discover its broader significance in the lives of men and of animals. These conflicts reflected diverse ways of thinking about scientific problems. Havelock Ellis (1903), for example, offered a combination of romanticized and naturalistic descriptions of animal behavior in an effort to demonstrate the biological roots of sadism in the animal kingdom. Ellis spoke of the "thin veil that divides love and death" (p. 127) throughout nature, thus blending dramatically the psychological and phylogenetic aspects of the sexual function. In particular, the association between the sexual act and cannibalism among some organisms seemed to some authors of the time to be the primitive source of sadism. Ellis added, however, that de Gourmont (1858-1915)[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_de_Gourmont] said that "this sexual cannibalism exerted by the female may have, primarily, no erotic significance: 'She eats him because she is hungry and because when exhausted he is an easy prey'" (p. 128). This pair of formulations evidently indicates a conflict between tragic interpretation and mechanistic explanation. --William I. Grossman, M.D., Notes on Masochism: A Discussion of the History and Development of a Psychoanalytic Concept, http://www.psychoanalysis.net/IPPsa/Grossman/Notes%20on%20Masochism.htm [Feb 2005]

    In "The Economic Problem of Masochism" (1924), the factors of erotogenic pain, subjugation to a sexual object, and sexual activity in which the other factors played a part had acquired a developmental and structural significance in Freud's theory. There the triad became three observable forms of masochism: the erotogenic, the moral, and the feminine. The erotogenic, Freud said, underlies the other two, and its "basis must be sought along biological and constitutional lines …" (p. 161). In other words, it is developmentally the oldest and belongs to the id. Moral masochism, like "sexual bondage," is a sexualized submission to a loved object, who, in this case, is enshrined uneasily in the superego. Feminine masochism refers to the perversion and is an infantile sexual development belonging to the ego. A peculiarity of Freud's introduction to his three types of masochism creates an ambiguity about the relations among erotogenic masochism, feminine masochism, and the masochistic perversion, so that some authors equate the perversion with erotogenic masochism, others with feminine masochism. This results from Freud's (1924, p. 161) writing that "masochism comes under our observation in three forms: as a condition imposed on sexual excitation, as an expression of the feminine nature, and as a norm of behaviour." It sounds as though the "condition imposed on sexual excitation" describes masochistic perversion, since the perversion is often defined in this way, and as though "an expression of the feminine nature" describes women. Certainly much of the literature on femininity and female sexuality cites the passage in this sense. However, it is clear in what follows immediately that feminine masochism is the perversion and that erotogenic masochism is independent of gender. "Feminine nature," in this context, would seem to refer to femininity as an element of bisexuality (Laplanche and Pontalis, 1967). This conception is very likely a derivative of the ideas considered by Krafft-Ebing to the effect that masochism in men involves a feminine inheritance and might be a "rudimentary contrary sexual instinct," that is, a homosexual impulse. --William I. Grossman, M.D., Notes on Masochism: A Discussion of the History and Development of a Psychoanalytic Concept, http://www.psychoanalysis.net/IPPsa/Grossman/Notes%20on%20Masochism.htm [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 04; 11:23 ::: New York City: Paradise Garage (1977 -1987)

    The Paradise Garage opened in 1977

    2005, Feb 04; 10:45 ::: A Clockwork Orange - (1971) - Stanley Kubrick

    Eventually Alex is caught and "rehabilitated" by a program of aversion therapy, which, though rendering him incapable of violence (even in self-defence), also makes him unable to enjoy his favourite classical music as an unintended side effect. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clockwork_Orange [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 04; 09:03 ::: Senses

    Seeing - Tasting - Hearing - Feeling - Smelling

    To arrive at the unknown through the disordering of all the senses, that's the point. --Arthur Rimbaud, 1871

    Main character finds ear at the beginning of Blue Velvet (1986)

    Senses are the physiological methods of perception. The senses and their operation, classification, and theory are overlapping topics studied by a variety of fields, but most notably neuroscience, cognitive psychology (or cognitive science), and philosophy of perception.

    There is no firm agreement amongst neurologists as to exactly how many senses there are. The disagreements stem from a lack of consensus as to what the definition of a sense should be. Although schoolchildren are still routinely taught that there are five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste; a classification first devised by Aristotle), it is generally agreed that there are at least nine different senses in humans, and a minimum of two more observed in other organisms. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense

    2005, Feb 03; 13:54 ::: Olivetti Divisumma 18

    Olivetti Divisumma 18 (Mario Bellini - 1973)

    2005, Feb 03; 13:22 ::: Amores Perros (2000) - Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Amores Perros (2000) - Alejandro González Iñárritu [Amazon.com]

    Amores perros (retitled Love's A Bitch in some English-speaking markets) is a 2000 Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Gael García Bernal. It is an example of a Portmanteau film.

    It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the year of its release. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amores_perros [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 03; 00:28 ::: Fabrica (1543) - Vesalius

    Fabrica (1543) - Vesalius

    Challenging Galenism
    At age 25, Vesalius launched a full assault on Galen. Lecturing at Padua and then at Bologna, he rigged up skeletons of humans and of Barbary macaques, and showed the assembled students how wrong Galen had been. Vesalius then set out to put together a new anatomy book that included his discoveries. Over the next four years Vesalius worked with the finest block cutters of Venice and draftsmen from Titian’s workshop. He named his book De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, or “The Seven Books on the Structure of the Human Body”-commonly known as the Fabrica. In this 1543 masterwork, men and women now stood stripped of skin and Skeletons leaned lazily against columns in the rolling Italian countryside.

    Humans Are Not so Unique
    Fabrica launched a new tradition in anatomy in Europe, in which anatomists trusted only their own observations and explored the body like a new continent. Vesalius’ discovery of the important differences between species also helped usher in the science of comparative anatomy, in which researchers studied animals to find their similarities and differences. In the process, they gradually began to recognize humans as being one species among many, with a few unique traits but many others shared in common with other animals. Some 300 years after Vesalius first shook off the blind obedience to Galen, Darwin used that vast stock of anatomical knowledge to build his theory of evolution. --http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/history/compar_anat2.shtml [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 03; 00:09 ::: Taste in the history of Aesthetics from the renaissance to 1770

    Taste” is relevant to the history of ideas as the power of liking or disliking something, and of ruling one's judgment or conduct according to this power. Still, in this broader meaning, “taste” is used very widely but rather atypically; it is of major importance only as applied to aesthetics, where it becomes, during the seventeenth century, one of the central and most controversial notions. As such, it is the subject of many discussions and of extremely wide implications-the basic dimensions of which follow below. --Giorgio Tonelli via http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/cgi-local/DHI/dhi.cgi?id=dv4-47 [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 02; 22:56 ::: Mark Ryden (1963 - )

    via http://www.zoorender.com/zoomotion/html/G03.htm [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 02; 22:56 ::: Rinat baibekov via arterotika.blogspot.com

    Rinat baibekov

    via http://arterotika.blogspot.com/2004_06_01_arterotika_archive.html via http://www.picassomio.com/artist-portfolio/926/es/ [Feb 2005]

    Kazan, Russia, 1962 -

    Established Russian-born, England-based artist, Rinat Baibekov is an accomplished SURREALIST painter.

    Trained at the Art Institute, Kazan and at the Fine Arts Academy of Kharkov, this mid-career artist has exhibited across Europe. --http://www.rendiva.com/profile/Rinat-Baibekov--926 [Feb 2005]

    see also: http://arterotika.blogspot.com

    2005, Feb 02; 22:39 ::: Gamiani, ou Une Nuit d'Excès (1833) - Alfred de Musset

    Gamiani, ou Une Nuit d'Excès (1833) - Alfred de Musset

    12 illustrations by Achille Dévéria and Pierre Grévedon. --http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/illustrators_deveria.html [Feb 2004]

    2005, Feb 02; 20:46 ::: On Style (1966) - Susan Sontag

    In the essay "On Style," published in the same volume, Ms. Sontag offended many readers by upholding the films of Leni Riefenstahl as masterworks of aesthetic form, with little regard for their content. Ms. Sontag would eventually reconsider her position in the 1974 essay "Fascinating Fascism." --http://www.csudh.edu/dearhabermas/sontag01.htm [Feb 2005]

    It would be hard to find any reputable literary critic today who would care to be caught defending as an idea the old antithesis of style versus content. On this issue a pious consensus prevails. Everyone is quick to avow that style and content are indissoluble, that the strongly individual style of each important writer is an organic aspect of his work and never something merely "decorative." --On Style (1966) - Susan Sontag via Against Interpretation (1966) - Susan Sontag

    2005, Feb 01; 23:58 ::: Index Librorum Prohibitorum

    1667 copy of the Index at 1,354,22 USD (picture not shown) [Amazon.com]

    The first official censorship had come in 1559 with the publication of the Index auctorum et librorum prohibitorum under the direction of Pope Paul IV. The Pauline index, as it became known, was the first in a long succession of papal indexes, forty-two in all. The purpose of these indexes was to guide censors in their decisions of what publications to authorize and which to disallow, for printers were not free to publish books without official permission. In January of 1562 the Council of Trent took up the issue of the Index and was deeply divided. The Pauline index had been seen by many as too controversial and excessively restrictive. After the opening speeches, the council appointed a commission to draft a new index. Although the council closed before the task of the commission was completed, the new Tridentine index was taken up by Pope Pius IV and published in 1564 by Paulus Manutius in Rome. This index constituted the most authoritative guide the church had yet published; its lists formed the basis of all subsequent indexes, while its rules were accepted as the guide for future censors and compilers. --http://library.lib.byu.edu/~aldine/51Index.html [Feb 2005]

    See also http://www.uno.edu/~asoble/pages/librorum.htm where the image comes from.

    It has proved to be somewhat difficult to get a complete list of books included on the Index. What follows is at least a partial list, derived from http://www.union-fin.fr/~bcourcel/LivresInterdits.html.
    --http://www.uno.edu/~asoble/pages/librorum.htm [Feb 2005]

    Surprisingly, Amazon has a 1667 copy for sale for 1,354,22 USD. --[Amazon.com] [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 01; 23:22 ::: List of authors of erotic works

    This is a list of notable authors of erotic literature.

    Sex manuals [...]

  • Vatsayana -- famous for the Kama Sutra
  • Ovid -- Roman author famous for the Ars Amatoria

    Fiction [...]

  • Li Yu -- author of The Carnal Prayer Mat
  • Laura Antoniou -- author of The Marketplace
  • Aran Ashe
  • Georges Bataille
  • Penny Birch
  • Patrick (Pat) Califia -- author of Macho Sluts
  • John Cleland -- author of Fanny Hill
  • James Joyce
  • Arabella Knight
  • D. H. Lawrence -- author of Lady Chatterley's Lover
  • William Levy
  • Leopold von Sacher-Masoch -- author of Venus in Furs
  • Barry N. Malzberg--author of Screen and writer/editor for Olympia Press
  • Henry Miller -- author of Tropic of Cancer
  • Anais Nin
  • Pauline Réage -- author of Histoire d'O
  • Anne Rice, also writing as A. N. Roquelaure
  • Catherine Robbe-Grillet
  • the Marquis de Sade -- author of Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue
  • Wendy Swanscombe
  • Alexander Trocchi
  • Mark Twain -- author of 1601


  • Catullus -- Roman erotic poet
  • Sextus Propertius -- Roman poet
  • Sappho -- Greek poetess from the island of Lesbos who wrote love poetry to young women.


  • Catherine Millet
  • Frank Harris
  • "Walter", author of My Secret Life
  • Lisa B. Falour
  • Nancy Friday

    --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_authors_of_erotic_works [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 01; 23:05 ::: 1601 (1880) - Mark Twain

    1601 (1880) - Mark Twain [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    [Date: 1601.] Conversation, as it was the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors. or simply 1601 is the title of a humorous work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880, and finally claimed by Twain in 1906.

    Written as an extract from the diary of one of Queen Elizabeth's servants, 1601 was, according to Edward Wagenknecht, "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." It was more ribaldry than pornography, however; its content was more in the nature of irreverent and vulgar comedic shock than of "obscene" erotica. Nevertheless, in the United States, prior to the court decisions (1959-1966) that legalized the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer, and Fanny Hill, the book continued to be considered unprintable, and circulated clandestinely in privately-printed, limited editions. Its characterization as "pornography" would be satirized in 1939 by Franklin J. Meine in the introduction to an edition of the work. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1601_%28Mark_Twain%29 [Feb 2005]

    2005, Feb 01; 22:34 ::: Obscene: The history of an indignation (1962) - Ludwig Marcuse

    Obscene: The history of an indignation (1962) - Ludwig Marcuse [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Marcuse, Ludwig. Obscene; The History of an Indignation. London, MacGibbon & Key, 1965. 327p.

    This study of obscenity by a German professor (first published in 1962 by Paul List Verlag) centers around leading obscenity trials: Friedrich Schlegel's Lucinde (Jena, 1799), Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (Paris, 1857), Arthur Schnitzler's Round Dance (Berlin, 1920), D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley (London, 1960), and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer (Los Angeles, 1962). A chapter is also devoted to the crusade of Anthony Comstock and the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. Marcuse describes Comstock as "a cross between Barnum and McCarthy." A final chapter en titled Seven Theses to Disarm Indignation gives the gist of the author's views on obscenity. --http://www.lib.siu.edu/cni/letter-m1.html [Feb 2005]

    see also: obscene and http://www.aphrodite.de/outside/00/01/00191_Obsz_n_Marcuse_Ludwig.php4 from which the book cover is taken.

    2005, Feb 01; 10:31 ::: Spirited Away (2001) - Hayao Miyazaki

    Spirited Away (2001) - Hayao Miyazaki [Amazon.com]

    In the movie, Chihiro Ogino is a little girl who moves to the country with her parents, Akio and Yuko . She is clearly unhappy about the move and appears rather petulant. They lose their way and come across a tunnel, and out of curiosity, enter it, unaware that it actually provides access into the spirit world - and specifically to a spirit bath house - a place where the spirits and gods (drawn from the Shinto religious tradition) go to rest and relax. The family enters what is apparently an abandoned theme park populated with restaurants, and Chihiro's parents, finding a place to eat, immediately help themselves to a meal. Chihiro is uneasy, and hesitates outside, watching her parents eat like pigs; soon they actually transform into large pigs. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away [Jan 2005]

    2005, Feb 01; 10:11 ::: The Isle of the Dead (1880) - Arnold Böcklin

    The Isle of the Dead (1880) - Arnold Böcklin

    Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827 - 16 January 1901) was a Swiss-German artist. Böcklin is best known for his painting The Isle of the Dead.

    Isle of the Dead (or Island of the Dead; Toteninsel in the original German) is one of the best known paintings by Swiss-German artist Arnold Böcklin, as well as a piece of music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, a film by Val Lewton and a novel by Roger Zelazny. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_the_Dead [Jan 2005]

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