Archive for the ‘Not about language’ Category

Spike / Marsters

August 20, 2013

(Not about language.)

Earlier today, five tv hunks, including David Boreanaz, the Angel of Buffy and Angel — including allusions to Spangel material, slash writing and imagery that unites Angel and the character Spike sexually or romantically. Now to pick up on Spike and the actor who plays him, James Marsters.

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Seven Supermen and Brad Pitt

August 6, 2013

(Not about language.)

Encountered this morning: an old episode of the tv series Smallville, starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent. Welling has a sweet smile and he’s a hunk, but we don’t see him shirtless a lot. So I’ll offer three shots of him. Then I’ll look at six more of the 16 actors who have portrayed Superman on screen, and close with one of my favorite shirtless hunks, Brad Pitt (who has not portrayed Superman).

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It’s all about the abs

August 2, 2013

(Not about language.)

A sale notice from 10percent.com (“Shopping For The Gay Community Since 1995”) today:

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Hunk of the Month!

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More tennis hunks

July 11, 2013

(Not about language, but mostly about men’s bodies.)

This seems to be a Morning of Shirtlessness. Following on a posting about musician Steve Grand working as an underwear model, I now return to shirtless tennis stars, this time with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and all-time great Roger Federer (yay, Switzerland!) — once again, a somewhat leaner man paired with a more muscular one (but both are hunks).

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Tennis hunks

July 2, 2013

(Not about language.)

Having gotten off onto shirtless abs-displaying hunks in acting and modeling (Kellan Lutz, Josh Duhamel, Taylor Lautner), I pulled up shirtless tennis hunks, including two recent favorites and perennial rivals, with different body types: the very muscular Rafael Nadal and the very lean Novak Djokovic. Both wonderful to watch in play, each in his own way. Paired shirtless shots of Rafa and Djoker:

(#1 Rafa)

(#2 Djoker)

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Lycanthropic shirtlessness

July 2, 2013

(Not about language.)

The third in the recent shirtless series — previously: Kellan Lutz here, Josh Duhamel here — brings us to Mr. Abs (Junior Division), Taylor Lautner, seen here in a characteristic pose:

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Lautner is young, cute, and decidedly hunky. He projects athletic masculinity, usually accentuated by some facial scruff (ranging from very light to substantial), as well as (most often) sweetness.

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Another shirtless North Dakotan

July 1, 2013

(Not about language.)

Tim Evanson reminds me that actor/model Josh Duhamel was, like Kellan Lutz, born in North Dakota, and notes that Duhamel has posed in a full-frontal shot; Duhamel nude, rear and front, in excellent photos by Greg Gorman from his 2000 book As I See It, can be viewed on AZBlogX, here. Now two shots of him merely shirtless (and not so artfully posed):

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Merely shirtless in the first, with his package visible in the second.

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Packages in jeans

June 21, 2013

(Not about language, but about clothing that displays men’s bodies.)

Seen in a 1991 episode “The Celebrity” of Matlock this morning, actor Barry Sattels filling a pair of jeans in an especially attractive fashion — short of a moose knuckle, but showing off his package very nicely in a V. I haven’t been able to find a shot of this display, but here are four of other men with similar displays.

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Obits

April 10, 2013

Four NYT obituaries from recent weeks, not for linguists or language-related figures and not for very famous public figures (like Margaret Thatcher), but for people whose work has brought me enlightenment or pleasure: Anthony Lewis, Paul Williams, Hugh McCracken, and Carmine Infantino.

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Mary Azarian

November 10, 2012

(About art and illustration rather than language.)

In a catalog for publisher David R. Godine that came today, an offer of a set of notecards from Mary Azarian’s Farmer’s Alphabet of  1981 (Apple, Dog, Farm, Jump, Neighbor, Underwear). The Z item in her Gardener’s Alphabet of 2000:

(On zinnias, see here.) Azarian’s chosen medium is the woodcut, which gives her work a deliberately old-fashioned appearance.

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