Smut Capital of America

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  I had tried to get Michael Stabile to come and speak at my SF cultural history class many years ago, but we were never able to work something out. Since then, he has finished his documentary (sadly, it is only 15 minutes) and it is now on Vimeo. This is pretty great!!! “Smut Capital […]

Some Problems with Linda Williams’ “Hard-Core Eroticism”

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Excerpt from Fred Halsted’s L.A. Plays Itself Some Problems With Linda Williams’ ‘Hard-Core Eroticism’   We are all lucky that we have theorists like Linda Williams pioneering the field of Porn Studies. Without her work, it would be impossible for me to do much of what I do in this class. (Thank you!) However, everyone makes […]

Patrick Cowley: SF, Porn, and Electronic Music from the 1970’s

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My DJ friends have been blowing this up lately, so I thought I’d pass along some information about the rediscovery and release of music by legendary SF DJ/producer/composer Patrick Cowley. I wish I had time to do a proper write-up, but for now I’ll just post up the video that includes scenes from the gay […]

JG Ballard “Introduction to the French Edition of Crash!” (1974)

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Image: Cover of Spanish edition of Crash Introduction to the French Edition of Crash J.G. Ballard, 1974 The marriage of reason and nightmare which has dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the specters of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy.Thermonuclear […]

Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End

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I am always modifying my course syllabus for this class. One of the films I had considered adding this semester (this post was originally written in Spring 2013) is Jerzy Skolimowski’s 1970 film, Deep End. Many films that had nudity and adult subject matter, but were not “hard-core” (meaning showing erections or penetration) were given […]

Puzzy Power

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This is the website and manifesto for Puzzy Power, a group of mostly women filmmakers who make feature, narrative, films with “hard core” erotic content. Their films are produced by Zoetrope studios. You can read more info about them on the first link, as well as their manifesto at the second link. http://www.puzzypower.dk/UK/index.php/om-os http://www.puzzypower.dk/UK/index.php/om-os/manifest