2 posts categorized "EATING ANIMALS"

Nov 05 2010
Boy Culture Turns 5: My Favorite Posts Comments (23)


Img_0736As of midnight tonight, it will be exactly five years since my first post. It's hard to imagine it's been that long, and a lot's changed—the tone and subject matter are different, how often I post, my limits (no nudity in a couple of years due to ad constraints). I've devoted a crazy amount of time and money and energy to this blog for a very small financial return (you couldn't guess low enough), but it's always rewarding to have this forum with which to express myself, keep my writing ability fluid, perhaps influence a couple of people here and there, share obsessions with strangers (in both senses of the word) and learn new things.

6wzn3lxTake That's Howard...can you believe this happened onstage at a pop concert?

Here are some of the posts that were most important to Boy Culture's history. For the uninitiated, some of the oldest ones refer to Boy Culture, the movie made of my novel; I started the blog at the time Boy Culture was being filmed as a way to keep people informed of the progress...and it all snowballed from there.


Some of these posts are milestones when it comes to the hits they provided but most are filled with original writing and/or photography and video and are just the posts of which I'm proudest. I hope you'll take some time to click on them and send their links around to others—and some time is what you'll need...



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novella, novel and movie Boy Culture; might be my ultimate post.

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"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f699b958834-800wiTriBeCa is for Boy lovers...

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f10b58834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551e92d338833-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f2f319b8833-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef010536a813e5970bI had the Fever for Jon-Erik Hexum

AN OBSESSION IS BORN (2009): One of my best posts about my obsession with...obsession.

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ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

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PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

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HAVEN'T WE MET? (2010): Celebrating my time with someone I've only met once—Madonna.

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Dec 14 2009
You Are What You Don't Eat Comments (8)


I just finished Jonathan Safran Foer's excellent book Eating Animals—which has as much to say about people (who are literally eating animals) as it does about the creatures we do and do not devour.


Babyshrimpcostume571 I've always eaten meat, and aside from occasional troubling stories about the humanity, for lack of a more accurate term, of pigs or of the presumably isolated abuses visited on cows and chickens who are destined to be din-din, my past concept of eating meat vs. going vegetarian was mired more in thoughts of taste, weight loss and health than in animal welfare. I would describe myself as being an animal lover, and as being fascinated by and respectful of the animals I don't particularly love, but as having had a sort of resignation that people are going to eat meat, always have and always will, so whatever needs to happen between the cow goes moo to pass the ketchup needs to happen.

Cat-as-pig Over the years, my thoughts on animals and our relationship to them have changed somewhat. I always thought of real fur as flamboyantly unnecessary (but still do wear leather and own a lambskin rug) and while finding the antics of PETA extreme have rooted for the serious animalistas who've soiled the mink coats of the rich with blood.

I thought a lot harder about animals once I got my two dogs. I grew up with a cat and a dog, so it's not like I didn't already love the darn things. But almost immediately upon taking home the tiny, guinea-piggish Shih Tzu whom we would name Hyphen and Sash, it seemed clear to me how bizarre it is that we care (deeply) about some animals and don't care (deeply) about others.


It makes many of us enraged to think of people eating cats and dogs, yet pigs don't get a pass despite being so close to humans in their anatomy and seemingly as smart and filled with personality as anything any human's ever taken in, fed and loved.

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