January 14th, 2014

andrew potter

Ralph Chubb (February 8, 1892 - January 14, 1960)

Ralph Nicholas Chubb (8 February 1892 - 14 January 1960) was an English poet, printer, and artist. Heavily influenced by Whitman, Blake, and the Romantics, his work was the creation of a highly intricate personal mythology, one that was anti-materialist and sexually revolutionary.

Ralph Chubb was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. His family moved to the historic town of St Albans before his first birthday. Chubb attended St Albans School and Selwyn College, Cambridge before becoming an officer in the First World War. He served with distinction but developed neurasthenia, and he was invalided out in 1918. From 1919 to 1922 Chubb studied at the Slade School of Art in London. It was there that he met Leon Underwood and other influential artists. He went on to contribute several articles and poems for Underwood's magazine, The Island. Although his work was displayed at such venues as the Goupil Gallery and the Royal Academy of Art, his paintings did not sell.There are several in public collections in Britain. His major painting The Well (1920) is in Wakefield; Southhampton has Bathers with boys wrestling,and there are nudes at Leamington, all illustrated in the Public Art Foundation catalogues. He moved with his family to the village of Curridge, near Newbury in Berkshire. He began to devote his artistic talents to the printed works which would remain his chief labor in life.

His books were created in several chief phases. His typeset books of the twenties were a humble offering, exhibiting Chubb's talent for woodcutting and his quaint, visually inspired poetry. Even at this early stage, Chubb's lifelong obsession with adolescent males was beginning to become apparent. He expands upon this theme more explicitly in An Appendix, a pederastic and spiritualist manifesto duplicated from a cursive manuscript. An Appendix was the first of his printed works to be printed in his own hand; he soon followed this with the first of his opulent lithographic books, The Sun Spirit. Throughout the nineteen-thirties, Chubb's books became more elaborate and appealing. Water Cherubs crystallizes Chubb's aesthetic of the youthful male form, and The Secret Country unfolds like an illuminated manuscript, recounting stories of Chubb's family and his journeys among the Romani of the New Forest in Hampshire. Chubb's printing press was interrupted by the war, but in 1948 he entered into the third period of career with two massive volumes: The Child Of Dawn and Flames of Sunrise. Each page of these two volumes is crowded with obscure digressions on Chubb's mythology and drawings of symbolic significance.

Ganymede, Reading Museum

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Chubb

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It Happened Today: January 14

Andreas Steinhöfel & Gianni Vitiello: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1068295.html

Andreas Steinhöfel (born January 14, 1962) is a German author for children and young adult books, and a translator. The novel Die Mitte der Welt is especially popular among teenagers: Seventeen-year-old Phil has felt like an outsider as long as he can remember. But Phil can’t remain a bystander forever. And finally, there is distant Nicholas, with whom Phil falls overwhelmingly in love—until he faces the ultimate betrayal and must finally find his worth . . . and place in the world.

Charles Bell & Willard Ching: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3526854.html

Charles Bell was an American Photorealist and Hyperrealist, known primarily for his large scale still lifes. Bell died in Manhattan, New York of lymphoma on April 1, 1995. He had AIDS at the time of his death. His partner of 22 years, interior decorator Willard Ching, had died of an AIDS-related illness three years earlier, in 1992. The New York Times quoted Henry Geldzaler as saying, "[the pinball series is] the artist's greatest achievement -- visually, technically and technologically."

Lady Eve Balfour, Beryl Hearnden & Kathleen Carnley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4132311.html

Lady Evelyn Barbara "Eve" Balfour (1899 - January 14, 1990) was an English farmer, educator, organic farming pioneer, and a founding figure in the organic movement. She was one of the first women to study agriculture at an English university, graduating from the University of Reading. Balfour lived on a farm with her companion Beryl ‘Beb’ Hearnden (1897-1978) from 1919 to about 1951, and then lived with agri-culturalist Kathleen Carnley (1889-1976) until this latter's death.

Gerald Arpino & Robert Joffrey: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3907462.html

Born of an Afghani Muslim father and an Italian Catholic mother, Robert Joffrey cofounded the Joffrey Ballet with Gerald Arpino in 1956. The company grew from a small touring group to become one of the most prominent dance troupes in US. Gerald Arpino studied ballet with Mary Ann Wells, while stationed with the Coast Guard in Seattle, Washington. Arpino first met Robert Joffrey at Wells' school. After the death of Robert Joffrey in 1988, Arpino became the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet.

Harry Stack Sullivan & James Inscoe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4132398.html

Harry Stack Sullivan was a Neo-Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who held that the personality lives in, and has his or her being in, a complex of interpersonal relations. Sullivan introduced the term “significant other” to describe a person of great importance to an individual's life. Sullivan had a 22-year relationship with Jimmie Inscoe. His colleague Helen Swick Perry's biography of Sullivan mentions the relationship and it is clear his close friends were well aware they were partners.

Ralph Chubb (February 8, 1892 - January 14, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3052846.html

Ralph Nicholas Chubb (1892 - 14 Jan 1960) was an English poet, printer and artist. Heavily influenced by Whitman, Blake, and the Romantics, his work was the creation of a highly intricate personal mythology, one that was anti-materialist and sexually revolutionary. Chubb's own assessment of his work conforms to the general critical reaction: "I do not necessarily claim to be a great artist or writer; but I claim to be a true spirit – this is a subtler test. Seek me out; but you may not find me."

Robert Odeman & Günter Nöring: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4132804.html

Robert Odeman was a classical pianist, actor, writer, and composer. He was a Holocaust survivor. In 1922, 17 years old Odeman met his first love, architecture student Martin Ulrich Eppendorf known as Muli. The two shared a close relationship for 10 years until Muli's death. In 1937 he was arrested under Paragraph 175 and sentenced to 27 months in prison. In 1959, Odeman met Günter Nöring, with whom he lived until his death. Since the two were unable to marry, Odeman adopted his younger partner.

Sam Wagstaff & Robert Mapplethorpe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4132991.html

Sam Wagstaff was an American art curator and collector as well as the artistic mentor and benefactor of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who was also his lifetime companion. Wagstaff is known in part for his support of Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art and Earthworks, but his aesthetic acceptance and support of photography presaged the acceptance of the medium as a fine art. Sam Wagstaff met Robert Mapplethorpe in 1972 at a party. Wagstaff called Mapplethorpe "his shy pornographer."

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The Real Story Safe Sex Project

Would you like a free-download story by bestselling author Brent Hartinger? Yes! it's easy go there: http://brenthartinger.com/therealstory/, and download it, not strings attached... but if you are also an author and would like to participate to this project, other than downloading the story, stop and read the page ;-)

This is what Brent told me, and that I'm more than happy to share: "I've started a new project, it's called The Real Story Safe Sex Project. You can read more about it here:


I want to promote the idea of safe sex among gay and bi teens and twentysomethings by having characters from books (and other media) deal with the issue in some way.

I'm asking all my author-friends to write safe-sex-related stories, then upload them and make them available for free as e-books. Eventually I'd like to compile some of the stories into an anthology of some sort, and if there are any profits, that can be donated to charity.

My own story includes some facts about HIV/AIDS, but that's not a good template for what I have in mind. My thinking was, I sort of deal with "the facts" in my story (along with some hopefully hot sex), then for the most part, the other authors can concentrate on being funny, or touching, or fun, or thought-provoking, or sexy, or whatever.

There's no point in doing these stories unless people want to read them, right?

Preferably, folks will publish these stories themselves, but for those who might be new to self-publishing or e-publishing, I've assembled a team of volunteer graphic designers to help with book jackets, and I'm also willing to help out with the coding and uploading (and can even publish the stories under my own publishing house, if need be).

I've worked with LGBT teens for years, and I really believe in this cause -- and I think it's really pressing, especially these last few years, since a lot of people have stopped talking about safe sex. I have no idea if this project is going to take off or go anywhere, but I'm optimistic it will. And even if it doesn't, I've already received a number of emails that are very gratifying."

So what you are waiting? read, write and spread the word, would you?

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Ethan (Alluring Indulgence) by Nicole Edwards

For two months atop of the Best sellers list in Gay & Lesbian Erotica, Ethan was a book that picked my curiosity; I didn’t realized until I was basically clicking the buy button this was a 5th book in a series, and that the previous books are a various mix of ménages a trois, heterosexual romances, and now, with Ethan, strictly gay romance. Just to recap, I seem to understand that Ethan’s brother, Travis, is married to a woman, Kylie, but is also in a committed relationship with Gage; Kaleb, another brother, is married to Zoey, and from what I gathered, their is the only “ordinary” relationship, aside for a penchant for exhibitionism; Zane, the third brother, and Beau’s best friend, is married with V., but he was used to have ménages a trois with the same Beau, and he had one with his own wife and Beau, before this late decision that he wanted to find real love, and that with Zane was only a deep friendship, but not the real thing. BTW, the author hasn’t yet told their story, but there are also two twin brothers, and maybe there is something boiling there…

So yes, this author is exploring all the taboos of erotica, and is developing all the variations inside the same family, the Walker brothers, living in a small Texan town, and owning the local private, and adult club, Alluring Indulgence.

Considering I’m not a big fan of pure erotica, I was a little weary of reading this story, especially when it started at the club, on a New Year’s Eve, with Beau witnessing Ethan having sex with his own boyfriend, Blake. True, Blake wasn’t really a nice character, and it was clear he was soon out of the picture, and indeed the story took a positive turn, from my point of view, after that event. I liked the slow but hot development of the love story between Ethan and Beau, I love how these were adult men but with a sort of naiveté regarding relationship: sex they knew, love was uncharted territory. The sex was hot, and yes, considering this is an erotic romance, it was abundant, but, very much strict to my taste: a one to one relationship between two men, no funny games, hot, sweat and skin. Oh yes, and the classical shower sex scene ;-) but that is almost a must in erotic romance (has happened also to you that since starting reading erotic romance, when entering a new bathroom, you look at the shower with different eyes? )

So yes, to my taste, this was almost perfect, the almost given only by some quirky point that irked me, but didn’t deter from reading the whole book: for example, telling me three times in the span of few pages that Jared just came out of nowhere beginning of January was probably overdoing it; unless it wasn’t really important for me to know it, but it wasn’t. (So, needless to say, they’d butted heads since the day Jared showed up right around the first of the year. (p. 27); Now that Blake wasn’t working for them , Ethan wondered if that would help the strained relationship that had started to develop since the first week of January when Jared had shown up out of the blue (p. 28); The other was occupied by Jared, Ethan’s cousin, who had practically dropped out of the sky on New Year’s Day and landed smack dab in the middle of Walker Demolition (p. 44)). Other than that, a very satisfying reading, an erotic romance that was at the same time “romantic” (not sweet of course, but well, I had the feeling these men like to cuddle…)

Series: Alluring Indulgence
Paperback: 524 pages
Publisher: SL Enterprises (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939786177
ISBN-13: 978-1939786173
Amazon: Ethan: An Alluring Indulgence Novel (Volume 5)
Amazon Kindle: Ethan: An Alluring Indulgence Novel (Volume 5)

Series: Alluring Indulgence
1) Kaleb
2) Zane
3) Travis
4) Holidays with the Walker Brothers
5) Ethan

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