Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

A visit with Colby Keller

February 2, 2016

(Though there’s a substantial amount in this posting on art, books, and fashion, there’s also quite a lot about men’s bodies and man-man sex, in very plain language, so it’s not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Posted on AZBlogX on the 31st, “X-rated Colby Keller”, with five shots of artist and gay pornstar Colby Keller (who appeared on this blog in a 5/7/13 posting “The protean Colby Keller”, about “mail art”, gay porn, and playfulness): three from Mike McKinley, which can be arranged in a sequence, though they were taken at different times: CK unzipping in preparation for sex, CK exhibiting his body, and especially his substantial hard cock; and CK with gay pornstar Duncan Black, immediately post-fuck. Then two from Chris Ambidge: one showing CK doing a stool-lift, exhibiting his very considerable strength and balance; and one with CK displaying a favorite art book (more on the book soon), which had to go on AZBlogX because that substantial hard cock of his is standing up right in front of the book.

Before I get into the art and the steamy sex, here’s a pleasant, somewhat eccentric shot of CK amidst a field of flowers in Maine in 2014:



Language and sexuality

January 29, 2016

Just arrived in the mail, the book

Language, Sexuality, and Power: Studies in Intersectional Sociolinguistics, ed. by Erez Levon & Ronald Beline Mendes. Oxford Univ. Press, 2016.

Interactions of sexuality, gender, social class, social status, race, ethnicity, nationality, rurality, context, and more in linguistic usage. An introduction by the editors, and ten chapters located in an admirable assortment of places around the globe: Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, Denmark, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Hungary, smalltown California, Thailand, and Israel.


to shape-shift

January 23, 2016

Jonathan Lighter on ADS-L yesterday, under the heading “Re back-forming again”:

This past Monday’s Supergirl had someone explaining that Martian J’onn J’onnz had “shape-shifted” to get into Maxwell Lord’s technofortress.

Yes, this is an example of a 2pbfV (two-part back-formed verb), but not at all a remarkable one; to shape-shift was an early item in my inventory of 2pbfVs, and examples of the verb are very thick on the ground. But the subject is entertaining, so I’ll play with  it a bit.


The Dingburg Diaries

January 18, 2016

Briefly: a gift from my friends Sim and Mike recently: a signed copy of The Dingburg Diaries, a collection of all the Zippy strips from June 2010 through January 2013 (#11 in the collection of “annual” collections, the earlier ones having actually been annuals, while this one covers about three years in a much thicker book).


Superheroes: two book series and a movie

January 18, 2016

Not involving actual comic books or animations about superhero exploits, and not borrowing specific superheroes from these media, but all very much in the spirit of superhero comics. The first two (written for an audience of 8-to 12-year-olds, or perhaps a bit older) I owe to my grand-daughter Opal, with the help of her mother; the third is a movie (pretty clearly aimed at teenagers) I chanced upon on tv one night.

The line-up: the three books about The Ultra Violets, by Sophie Bell; the five Percy Jackson & the Olympians books by Rick Riordan (and supplementary volumes by him, and movies based on the first two of the books); and the movie Sky High, from Disney.


Fractured Fitzgerald

January 14, 2016

Zippy continues today with another set of burlesques on quotations from famous writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the ridiculous guise of F-Stop Fitznebbish, and (like those who have preceded him) caricatured in a Pinhead muumuu.


Fractured Joyce

January 13, 2016

Right on the heels of fractured Proust, today’s Zippy brings us fractured Joyce:

The title, “You, Lizzie”, is a play on Ulysses, the title of James Joyce’s most famous work, a gigantic stream of consciousness re-working of the Odyssey (published in 1922) on the streets of Dublin in a single day (June 16th, 1904). The novel’s central character, Leopold Bloom, appears in the strip as Neapolitan Gloom, and James Joyce (caricatured here, dressed in a Pinhead muumuu) has become Jimmy Joust.


Fractured Proust

January 13, 2016

A recent Zippy, continuing a series with burlesques of quotes from famous writers (previously: Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, Joan Didion):

This time it’s Marcel Proust (under the name Darnell Prouty — cue Olive Higgins Prouty, author of the 1922 novel Stella Dallas and the 1941 novel Now, Voyager, both of which became famous in adaptations, as a movie and a radio soap opera in the first case and a movie in the second). Once again, the writer is caricatured, dressed in a Pinhead muumuu. With the quotations amended by references to snack foods (Chips Ahoy and Little Debbies) and pop culture figures (Rosemary Clooney, Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas).


Fractured Didion

January 11, 2016

Today’s Zippy reels out burlesques of quotes from Joan Didion (as the Dingburg writer Joanne Obsidian), with a caricature of the writer in a muumuu:

This follows on two earlier strips (with burlesques of Edgar Allan Poe and Gertrude Stein) that I posted about on January 7th.


The woolly whale

January 10, 2016

From master archivist Michael Palmer (who also knows that the woolly mammoth is my principal totem animal) yesterday, a notice from the Yale University Library of the book Guide to the Press of the Woolly Whale Records by Sandra Markham. That’s a guide to the

[ Press of the Woolly Whale ]  [ Records ]  ‘records of the Press of the Woolly Whale’

I’ll turn to the Press of the Woolly Whale in a moment, after noting that woolly whales also appear in the name of a British jewelry company and in at least two art works. Who knew? It seems that a number of people have been amused by the idea of a bizarre hybrid of a whale and a woolly mammoth.

I’ll get to the jewelry and the artworks too.



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