More NSFW Files: Sin-a-Rama: Expanded Edition: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties, edited by Adam Parfey and B. Astrid Daley

Originally published in 2005, Feral House has reissued “Sin-a-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties” in a new, expanded edition. Edited by Adam Parfrey and B. Astrid Daley, Sin-a-Rama delves into this lesser known literary genre. Continue reading More NSFW Files: Sin-a-Rama: Expanded Edition: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties, edited by Adam Parfey and B. Astrid Daley

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An Interview with Michael Sean LeSueur

Last February, I reviewed “Pixiegate Madoke” by Michael Sean LeSueur at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP). I had an email interview with Michael, where we discussed gender politics, bizarro literature, and pop culture. Continue reading An Interview with Michael Sean LeSueur

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More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles “celebrates the still transgressive world of gay leathermen and Tom of Finland’s place in Los Angeles’ architectural history.” Continue reading More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

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CCLaP Fridays: Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters, by Pagan Kennedy

This week I review the 1997 classic “Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters,” where the Queen of ‘Zines offers advice and lifestyle tips. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters, by Pagan Kennedy

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CCLaP Fridays: Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes The Myth of Race, by Daniel J. Fairbanks

“Everyone Is African” by Daniel J. Fairbanks offers a concise treatment of a controversial topic. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes The Myth of Race, by Daniel J. Fairbanks

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Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

The Argument David Bowie’s recent death has closed a page on music history. On a more personal level, Bowie has been a constant in my life for decades. Beyond mere 80s nostalgia (Labyrinth) or 90s nostalgia (Lost Highway, Outside, and Earthling), Bowie has been instrumental to me personally as a taste-maker. He led me down strange avenues and provided the raw material for discovery and aesthetic experimentation. Embryo My fascinating with David Bowie began early. I can still remember the first Bowie album I bought, sometime in the Nineties. It was a CD of Tonight (1984), an album even Bowie … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

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