For some reason, Sunday mornings draw me to a certain artist. Usually when I feature the work of Richard Rothstein, I encourage you check out his site amstel89 to see more of his spectacular images of Manhattan and the men who inhabit it. Often, the man in focus is the incredible Rob Eco the city's own urban Tarzan. If those weren't enough reasons, let me give you just one more. Although the visuals continue to inspire, this week I was struck by Richard's writing, and his story Jewish Boy Soup.
'My first orgasm and my first defining moment of self-awareness as a homosexual occurred at the age of 11 in the winter of 1960. The YMHA (Young Men's Hebrew Association) was the site of this momentous incident when I chose to become gay.'
'The "how to swim" lecture off in the distance became a slushy blur of background sounds. My senses focused on the rich aroma of chlorine (which still arouses me), sweet and sour boy body odors, warm, moist air, assorted tufts of dark curly hair--A Whitman's Sampler of beckoning appendages. Curvy mounds. Napes of necks. Bending, stretching. Teasing. Laughing. Bullying. Domination. Submission. I found myself slipping into some kind of hormonal stupor.'
'In sultry Charleston, where summer is long and secrets simmer behind every door, sex and crime walk hand in hand as two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a southern City Attorney, struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city.'
Not sure how long CBS's summer soap Reckless is going to last, but with promos featuring Cam Gigandet stripping...his boat, it might be worth a look. The actors say the series pushes the boundaries of network television and as long as it is Cam, or co-star Adam Rodriguez, doing the push, I will give it a go, although for now, a DVR go.
I have been featuring the work of photographer and writer James Spada for close to five years now. This past March, I profiled one of my favorite of his recent shoots with Tyler. (Sumptuous) Sumptuous perfectly describes the richness and texture I love so much about James imagery. Although sumptuous also fits this series, I would have to include another adjective, this time scrumptious which equally, ore even more so, describes the glorious Tyler.
Since that piece in March, I have been enjoying keeping up with each of the new images James releases, many on his e-bay site HERE: If you pay James page a visit, in addition to seeing even more of Tyler, you will see many familiar faces, and bodies, some of whom I have profiled over the years on FH.
James has authored several books devoted to the men he has captured over the years. He also written about many of the women he has admired. Although James has documented the live of Barbara Streisand in the past, this fall his newest book, Streisand In The Camera Eye will released. In the Camera Eye is a collection of 170 of the most compelling photographs of Barbra Streisand, chosen for their rarity, beauty, and insight into Streisand’s multifaceted life and career. Check it out and James other works onAmazon.