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Monday, July 22, 2024

Acquired Tastes XLIII Gay Pulp Fiction, Part 203 - Blueboy Library, Part 12 of 12

Acquired Tastes XLIII
Gay Pulp Fiction, Part 203
Blueboy Library
Part 12 of 12

Blueboy was a gay men's magazine with lifestyle and entertainment news, in addition to photo spreads featuring nude or semi-nude men. It was published monthly from 1974 to 2007.

The publication's additional outreach included the gay pulp fiction series Blueboy Library which published 112 titles during the years 1976-1978

Blueboy Library operated out of a building at 9467 Mission Park Place, Santee, CA 92071, while their mail order department was listed as 9465 Mission Park Place.

The covers vary from title to title; some feature a cropped photo or graphic on a solid color background, while others feature rather elaborate illustrations similar to those on traditional romance novels by illustrator Giacomo "Jack" Bozzi, AKA: Adam, among others.

A slim, curly-haired Italian-American, Bozzi most loved painting watercolor landscapes; to make a living, though, he worked as a fashion and marketing illustrator during the 1970's and as an interior designer in the 1980's. He claimed he only did book covers for extra money to pay his bills. He lived in a small loft apartment which doubled as his art studio above Physique Memorabilia, a 'treasures and trash' shop at East 12th Street in New York's East Village, and he sold some of his art through that shop.

Some his works reside in the archives of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, which is "A home for LGBTQIA+ artists, scholars, activists and allies, and a catalyst for discourse on art and queerness." Located at 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013, they are open: Wednesday 12:00pm - 5:00pm, and Thursday - Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm. You can contact them at: 212-431-2609info@leslielohman.org.

You can learn a bit more about the artist and read the English translation of a French interview, here.

These books, which are highly collectible, now generally sell for between $30-$180. 
 
Here are the final eleven Blueboy Library titles.

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 Any Man, Any Way, Any Time
Author: Roland Graeme
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-118 

Available as a downloadable PDF or ebook at Hommi Publishing.

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Slave Boy with Fan
Author: Mark Hiers
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-119 

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The Dewdrop Kid
Author: Hank Fielding
Blueboy Library
 1978  
 BB-120 

Description From Maitland McDough:

"The story of a successful Manhattan commercial artist and his tempestuous relationship with a part-time hustler/grifter, The Dew Drop Kid owes a debt to both Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band (1968) in both its bitchiness and its sharp depiction of the way sex appeal can slice through a bundle of warning signs and temporarily disable that irritating brain itch designed to override the high of infatuation long enough to reveal the grown-up fact that long-term relationships are two handers: If only one partner is committed, it won’t hold up in the long run."

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 Back Pack Boys
Author: Jack Donom
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-121 

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 Barbarians
Author: Jack Donom
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-122 

(cover not found)

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Leather Closet
Author: Jack Stone
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-123 

Available as a downloadable PDF or ebook at Hommi Publishing.

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Hot Rod
Author: Richard Alcock
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-124 

(cover not found)

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Bang the Bikers
Author: Jack  Stone
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-125 

Available as a downloadable PDF or ebook at Hommi Publishing.

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Greek Lover
Author: Michael Scott
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-126 

Available as a downloadable PDF or ebook at Hommi Publishing.

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Shadows
Author: Kurt Kreisler
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-127 

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Captive Cops
Author: Alexander LeGrand
 Blueboy Library 
1978
 BB-128 

Available as a downloadable PDF or ebook at Hommi Publishing.

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And that's it for Blueboy Library books!

Next week: Another wonderful vintage gay pulp fiction imprint. 

Until then...

Thanks for reading.

Shadows - Chormatics

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Sunday Diva/Three From The Hip: Whoopi Goldberg

Sunday Diva/Three From The Hip:
Whoopi Goldberg

In my own personal big gay church, there is a wing dedicated to the Ladies Of Comedy. Theses are the gals who made us laugh and, on occasion, brought a tear to our eyes. They are visionaries, capturing aspects of the human condition while holding up a mirror to the world. Their characters, style, and phrases have helped form our daily vernacular in ways we are not even always aware of - but that is the power of comedy and the magic these ladies all possess. Breaking ground while breaking all the rules?

One such warrior?

Whoopi Goldberg.

Oh, child...

How many hats can one person wear? This diva belongs in a Dr. Seuss book!

From day one, she was an original, unlike any other. She landed from outer space and captivated Broadway. From there her talent simply spread its wings - television, movies, Oscars, stand up. 

Failure was not an option.

She has been part of America's cultural landscape for centuries, ever evolving, forever breaking down walls, barriers, and glass ceilings.

And in doing so, she's inspired so many others, blazing trails and defying expectations and capturing our hearts.

The gospel according to her?

Well, here are three from the hip, dropping from her lips.

The topic: 'Black Actress'


"I'm fighting the label of 'black' actress simply because it's very limiting in people's eyes, especially people who are making movies."

"Actors have no color. That's the art form."

"The art of acting is to be other than what you are."

"An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor, I can play anything."

"I am an artist, art has no color and no sex."


"I grew up in a time when it would never have occurred to anyone to tell me there was anything I couldn't do."

"I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities."

"There are roles I am never considered for. Meryl Streep roles, let's say. Why not? I really wanted to do Ironweed, for example, because the depression era in this country was one of the best for multiracial people, because everybody was poor. Everybody lived in the tents, and under buildings, and under gratings, together."

"I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That's exactly what I've done."


"We're born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure."

"I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis, because... you know. What's good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now. So, to keep in touch with that, I think that's the first ingredient for success. Because if you're a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think."

"Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented."

"And I don't believe that I have to stay on one side of the fence or the other. I don't believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy."

"You know, be an actor because you love to act. Don't be an actor because you think you're going to get famous, because that's luck."

My Long Luxurious Hair - Whoopi Goldberg

Comic Relief VI - Whoopi Goldberg

Getting To Montreal - Whoopi Goldberg

And one last parting shot...

"All I really want to do is just keep acting, and some of it will stink, and some of it will be really good, and maybe when I'm 85 and presenting an Oscar like Bette Davis did, I can look back and say, 'It was okay, I did all right.'"

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Weekend Onesie: Because He Likes It!

 
Weekend Onesie:
Because He Likes It!


I like it, too.

Or I did... but now I only have a shower.

This is becoming more common. New places? They don't bother with a bathtub. 

But there's something so soothing and relaxing about sitting in a hot tub, even if, technically, you're making human soup.

I swim every chance I get. I just love being in the water. 

Which is why I miss baths. 

If that makes me a sissy? So be it. 

This sissy embraces his swishy.

Rub-a-dub, a hot man in a tub.
That sounds like a great weekend to me.
Here, let me suds you up.
- uptonking from Wonderland Burlesque

Steam - Leon Bridges




























Steam - Peter Gabriel

Friday, July 19, 2024

Friday Fun: International Jump Day, July 20th!

Friday Fun:
International Jump Day, July 20th!

Yes, tomorrow is International Jump Day!

But I thought I'd get a jump on it and celebrate a day early.

Whether leaping, diving, hopping or jumping...

There's nothing like being naked, suspended in mid-air. 

So, get naked and leap for joy this weekend.

Yes, boys! Make it bounce!

My heart leaps with joy...
Every weekend I get to spend
Enjoying the splendor of summer!
- uptonking from Wonderland Burlesque

Jump - Madonna



























Jumpin' Jumpin' - Destiny's Child