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The Most Important Gay Porn Film Ever Made?

I’ve had this bookmarked to read for about a week now and finally got around to it this morning. An interesting discourse and something about the seemingly legitimate honesty in recapturing differing frames of perception on transgressive culture and the porn industry was particularly noteworthy for me. I think this article provides evidence of how conversations are and perhaps should be developing as we beat the drums of alternative lifestyles and navigating areas where ethics has dared not tread so much yet. 

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The annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco is noted for its unbridled embrace of every star in our sexual constellation. Even the fearless leather community, which founded the event, can sometimes appear tame amidst the outlandish kinks and clothing – and lack thereof – on display along the city’s tilted streets.

In the fall of 2003, in the middle of this rowdy bacchanalia, Paul Morris stood at the booth for Treasure Island Media (TIM), the gay porn outfit he founded that featured unprotected sex (barebacking) between its actors. This particular specialty was the singular driving force behind his smashingly successful and relatively new company.

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Then, like the legend of Lana Turner fortuitously cozying up to the counter at Schwab’s, a beautiful and achingly masculine young man approached the TIM booth. He liked the TIM videos – he liked them very much indeed – and he hoped to one day document a few fantasies of his own. TIM star Jesse O'Toole was on hand, and someone snapped a photograph of the two of them together (right). In it, the grinning young man with a leather cap appears to have found his long-lost tribe, and O'Toole looks as if he has found a seven-course meal.

The photo was sent to Max Sohl, a sometime porn actor with a theater background whom Morris had commissioned to conceive and direct what would be Sohl’s first porn film. Sohl met with the aspiring model and asked him to complete a form that included a simple question: “What is one of your fantasy scenes?” In response, the young man wrote simply, “Me getting nailed and seeded by a gang of hot guys.”

“The Black Party was coming,” Sohl explained in a recent interview, referring to the annual New York City weekend of leather men, parties, and sexual adventures, “and I thought, ‘OK, let’s see how many men he can take.’”

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Rare Mark From Biblical King's Seal Found in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis.

The circular inscription, on a piece of clay less than a centimeter (0.4 inches) long, may very well have been made by the king himself, said Eilat Mazar of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University who directed the excavation where it was uncovered.

Hezekiah ruled around 700 BC and was described in the Bible as a daring monarch - “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (II Kings 18:5) - who was dedicated to eliminating idoltary in his kingdom.

“This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation,” Mazar said. Read more.

Sumerian Foundation Cone for King Gudea of Lagash,   2141-2122 BC

This commemorative cone is inscribed in Sumerian marking King Gudea’s reconstruction of the Eninnu temple in honor of Ningirsu, the patron deity of Lagash in southern Babylonia. The translation reads:

“Nin-Girsu [a god], mighty warrior of Enlil Gudea, ruler of Lagash [town in Sumer], son born to Nin-agel, produced everything appropriate and built Eninnu [temple], his shining Imdugud-bird [a mythical bird] and restored it.”

Lagash was one of the Babylonians oldest centers of civilization and was a renowned artistic center. Cones (or nails) such as this example were inserted into holes in the wall of the Eninnu temple, with the head showing so that future generations would know of the king’s pious work.

PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH

Please don’t touch the artwork unless you have the permission from the artist. I know it’s tempting sometimes and people want to touch it because they are captivated and curious (which is flattering because that means our work have caught their attention) BUT PLEASE restrain yourself from touching it or help stop others if you notice they try to touch it. We artists pour our heart and soul into our work, to show you our world and vision, please view them with respect.

There are finger marks all over King’s mouth, ruining the texture of the fur that took hours to make (the magic is gone for other viewers), there are finger trails all over my drawings, I guess after people touched my work and found their fingers covered with charcoal and the most convenient way to clean their fingers is to rub them back onto my drawings and onto the walls. Someone even wrote an “F” on my rhino and keyed and “F” onto Kathleen’s display box for her ceramics work. This is unacceptable.

So please, the next time you notice yourself or others wanting to touch an artwork, please remember the artist who made it, their time and dedication, and the viewers after you. Don’t ruin it for others. Help us protect our babies. Thank you.

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