March 20th, 2009

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Special Offer: Wilde Stories 2008, Lambda Literary Award Finalists

I was thinking to wait the final results to post something on the Lambda Literary Awards, but I can't help to let you now that, Steve Berman, founder and owner of Lethe Press, to celebrate the nomination received by Wilde Stories 2008 as Best LGBT Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, is offering e-book editions for only $3 for the next 2 weeks. So grab this oppurtunity, the ebook is available at All Romance Ebooks:

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wildestories2008thebestoftheyearsgayspeculativefiction-13598-166.html

And since I post about it, congrats to all my friends (or acquaintance) who received a nominations:

The Archer's Heart, Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Wilde Stories 2008, Steve Berman, Lethe Press (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, Craig Gidney, Lethe Press (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Mexican Heat, Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon, MLR Press (Best GAY ROMANCE)
The Protector, N.L. Gassert, Seventh Window Publications (Best GAY ROMANCE)
Hard Working Men, William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie, MLR Press (Best GAY EROTICA)

Obviously my best wishes to all of them, but can I say... GO VICTOR and WILLIAM, GO and WIN!
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Gay Commercial: Banco Provincia

This is a really well done and involving ad. I really like the atmosphere, it reminds me a good movie of the past.

A horse cart advances down a dusty street somewhere in Argentina. An old man, Don Luis, gets out of a car. An old woman remains in the front passenger seat. Don Luis approaches a slightly masculine-looking middle-aged woman, Perla, who is talking with a friend outside a shop.



PERLA: Don Luis. How strange to see you here. DON LUIS: I was wondering... When the bank gave you the loan to open the hair salon, did they ask for your national ID booklet? PERLA: Yes. DON LUIS: But your ID says you’re a man. PERLA: Yes. DON LUIS: And they gave it to you anyway. (PERLA nods.) That’s the same bank that gave me the loan for the car. PERLA: Hmmm. DON LUIS: That got me thinking, and made me want to come apologize for treating you so badly all this time. For not knowing how to treat you. Here. (He hands her a figurine of a ballerina.) I made it myself. PERLA: For me? DON LUIS: Forgive me. (They both smile.) PERLA: Thank you very much, Don Luis. DON LUIS: Goodbye.

Perla and her friend smile as he walks back to the car. The old woman in the passenger seat smiles and waves to them. Perla blows a kiss and waves.

Superimposed text: YOUR LIFE CHANGES WHEN THERE’S A BANK THAT DARES TO CHANGE.

Commercial Closet Association

Company: Banco Provincia
Brand: Banco Provincia
Ad Title: Don Luis and Perla
Business Category: Financial Services
Media Outlets: Television
Country: Argentina
Region: Latin/South America
Agency: El Cielo Buenos Aires
Year: 2007
Target: Mainstream
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Anthony Gayton: Harem

Sometime I post for an appointment, and sometime I post since something caught my eyes... and Anthony Gayton's work definitely caught them! He is not only a photographer, so I can post him on my Man Candy day, and he is for sure an artist, but not a painter, so I don't know if it would be correct to post him on Thursday... and so I decided to follow the spur of the moment, and post him random, today!

Anthony Gayton shot a beautiful piece called Harem. About this work he said: "The Harem is a composite of locations I shot in Istanbul and Uzbekistan, and the Kaiserbründl Sauna in Vienna. I've been working on this picture since October 2008! The casting was vital, as I wanted to have a single model, who represented absolute physical perfection and sensuality. Sebastian was certainly worth the wait!" The main model on the shot is Sebastian Pils.


Detail of Harem by Anthony Gayton

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"Ever since the Victorians first began to "truthfully" record on film the existence of fairies, ghosts and other such creatures of the spirit world, it became evident that the claim of photography as a window on the real world was tenuous to say the least."

"At university in London, we were taught the veracity of photography, and it was considered our duty to record the world around us exactly as we found it. Any form of image manipulation was looked upon with extreme disapproval, and the dizzy, superficial realms of fashion photography considered the ultimate sin; it represented the triumph of style over meaning."

"Coming from art school, this puritanical attitude seemed to me not only scarily comformist, but absurdily naive. To me, the beauty of photography lay exactly in its ability to surprise, and contradict itself, to challenge perceptions of the real and invent new truths by telling convincing lies. I determined to follow the Victorian fantasists view of photography, and quickly set about with abandon, photographing unicorns, mermaids and centaurs (albeit with the more primitive methods available at the time)."


Self-Portrait by Anthony Gayton

"At the time, I thought I had learned nothing of any practical use during my time at university. Certainly we had had little or no contact to the industry, and within two weeks as an assistant, I had learned more technically than I had in those three years. In retrospect, I can see that what had been stimulated ie. a sense of conscience and consciousness, was as vital a part of creativity as technical skill and a knowledge of history and culture."

"It then took me eight years to pick up where I had left off. Althought my work since has undoubtedly been heavily influenced by my experiences as photographer's assistant in the fashion and advertising industry, much of my work echoes the interests and themes which had already occupied me in the past."

http://www.anthonygayton.com/

In July 2005 Te Neues released an art book by Anthony Gayton "Sinners & Saints":

http://www.amazon.com/Sinners-Saints-Anthony-Gayton/dp/3832790438/


Saints & Sinners by Anthony Gayton

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andrew potter

Anthony Gayton: Harem

Sometime I post for an appointment, and sometime I post since something caught my eyes... and Anthony Gayton's work definitely caught them! He is not only a photographer, so I can post him on my Man Candy day, and he is for sure an artist, but not a painter, so I don't know if it would be correct to post him on Thursday... and so I decided to follow the spur of the moment, and post him random, today!

Anthony Gayton shot a beautiful piece called Harem. About this work he said: "The Harem is a composite of locations I shot in Istanbul and Uzbekistan, and the Kaiserbründl Sauna in Vienna. I've been working on this picture since October 2008! The casting was vital, as I wanted to have a single model, who represented absolute physical perfection and sensuality. Sebastian was certainly worth the wait!" The main model on the shot is Sebastian Pils.


Detail of Harem by Anthony Gayton

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"Ever since the Victorians first began to "truthfully" record on film the existence of fairies, ghosts and other such creatures of the spirit world, it became evident that the claim of photography as a window on the real world was tenuous to say the least."

"At university in London, we were taught the veracity of photography, and it was considered our duty to record the world around us exactly as we found it. Any form of image manipulation was looked upon with extreme disapproval, and the dizzy, superficial realms of fashion photography considered the ultimate sin; it represented the triumph of style over meaning."

"Coming from art school, this puritanical attitude seemed to me not only scarily comformist, but absurdily naive. To me, the beauty of photography lay exactly in its ability to surprise, and contradict itself, to challenge perceptions of the real and invent new truths by telling convincing lies. I determined to follow the Victorian fantasists view of photography, and quickly set about with abandon, photographing unicorns, mermaids and centaurs (albeit with the more primitive methods available at the time)."


Self-Portrait by Anthony Gayton

"At the time, I thought I had learned nothing of any practical use during my time at university. Certainly we had had little or no contact to the industry, and within two weeks as an assistant, I had learned more technically than I had in those three years. In retrospect, I can see that what had been stimulated ie. a sense of conscience and consciousness, was as vital a part of creativity as technical skill and a knowledge of history and culture."

"It then took me eight years to pick up where I had left off. Althought my work since has undoubtedly been heavily influenced by my experiences as photographer's assistant in the fashion and advertising industry, much of my work echoes the interests and themes which had already occupied me in the past."

http://www.anthonygayton.com/

In July 2005 Te Neues released an art book by Anthony Gayton "Sinners & Saints":

http://www.amazon.com/Sinners-Saints-Anthony-Gayton/dp/3832790438/


Saints & Sinners by Anthony Gayton

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More Photographers at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art



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Weary Memories by Elizabeth Jewell

Weary Memories is a collection of four novella by Elizabeth Jewell following the life of the more than 200 years old vampire Liam and his assistant and lover Alex. All the collection is faithful to the most classic vampire rules, with Liam being a powerful but mourning vampire, and Alex a troubled man who finds in the strenght of the vampire, the force to move on his dramatic past.

Alex is apparently a shy and quiet man who is now comfortable working with Liam, an ancient vampire. Liam is also a scholar and Alex works for him as decipher and also as assistant. They have a routine, Alex arrives at Liam's home when the vampire is arising for his nightly session, and they work side by side in harmony. Liam is no more an hunter, he doesn't prey on human, he is "tamed" as vampire and drinks blood from freezed bags. So Alex has never really seen his vampire side; until the night he arrives a bit earlier and finds a sketchbooks decipting some of Liam's past victims. Alex is not scared by that pictures, on the contrary he is aroused: when Alex was only a child he was abused by his father, and even if he thinks to have buried that memories in his mind, they are still there, alive, and prevent him from having a normal life and sexual relationship. And so thinking to Liam, who is all but normal, Alex wonders if he can help him to forget, to make new memories to replace the old and scaring. Facing a bigger danger maybe is the way to move on a past, but still live one.

Even is Liam seems "tamed", he has still inside the inner urges to prey and feed on the living. He is able to suppress the urges, but when they are near, too near like Alex, his consciousness slips. But even if he is the stronger and probably the dangerous side of the couple, I never felt like Liam was a real trouble for Alex. Liam is ancient, and with the age he gained the knowledge, and so he is able to control his primal instinct. Instead Alex is still suffering for his past, and the wounds are still bleeding, and like a wounded animal he is dangerous, since he can be uncontrollable. Even when having sex, Liam is always the one who tries to follow a quiet pace, and instead Alex is like an outburst of rage, an up and down of mood.

There is a lot of sex in this collection, maybe also since, being a collection of four originally distinct novellas, everytime there must be a main course, a long sex scene between the two heroes, and this means that in the collection we have four of them, one soon after the other. But I think that this is also a very good vampire story, it has an elegant feelings, and it's also very dark; these are not harmless vampires in frilly dresses, these are the direct descendants of those vampires who rule on the horror stories of 100 years ago.

http://www.changelingpress.com/index.php?uaid=ISFUDNYA

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle