Thursday, December 12, 2013
With everything from Frida Kahlo's "Red Snapper, Veracruz Style" (p. 76) and Mallarmé's "Chanterelles" (138) to Allen Ginsberg's "Borscht" (p. 54) and Renoir's "Potato Salad" (p. 152), The Modern Art Cookbook proves artists really do have taste, literally.
While fellow communist gourmand and famous Andalusian face-breaker Pablo Picasso (born Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad) has some of the tastiest, most exotic recipes listed, including "Scramble in Sea Urchin Shells" (p. 38), "Fruit Swimming in Ginger" (p. 180), "Charlotte au Chocolate" (p. 226) and "Sangria of Els Quatre Gats" (238), Alice B. Toklas by far takes the cake, with entries like "Omelette in an Overcoat" (p. 66), "Creamed Cucumbers" (p. 111), and "Browned Spinach Daisy" (p. 120).
Other favorites include: Roy Lichtenstein's "Roast Fillet of Beef" (p. 98), X.J. Kennedy's "Timeless Beef, Mushroom, Instand Coffee and Irish Whiskey Stew" (p. 100), and Robert Motherwell's "Whiskey Cake" (p. 218). Don't forget nipple-and-lit-cigarette-pop-erotica pioneer Tom Wesslemann's "Lemon Sponge Pudding" (222)
The book includes beautiful illustrations (usually of food) and the occasional poem, like this entry on strawberries, from page 184:
A pink plate with two erect feminine breasts made of ricotta dyed pink with Campari with nipples of candied strawberry. More fresh strawberries under the covering of ricotta making it possible to bite into an ideal multiplication of imaginary breasts.
(formula by the Futurist Poet of National Record Farfa)
A special thank you to ClaireBear for the tasty early Xmas present!
When it rains, it pours. . . and when you're shaved, the beard books come rolling in like rain. A special thank you to BSD Reader ClaireBear for the incredibly informative history on facial hair, "One Thousand Beards", she sent me as an early Xmas present. I'll be sure to stash it in the most important place I know. ;-)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Artist Alina Szapocznikow is perhaps best know for transforming mundane body parts into sculpturally significant objects, subject to the contingent presence of luminous flux (i.e. lamps)-- most notably: cocks, butts and lips.
The origin-inal nightlight?
More, non-luminous work, from artist Alina Szapocznikow:
Don't worry beardy boys (and Bruno Gmünder), just 'cause I shaved doesn't mean I'm mad at you!
How could I bear anything but the most beardific appreciation after receiving a beardiful book on the history of gay facial hair-- so happy I made two GIFs. I might not have much of a beard myself these days, but that didn't stop me from pretending:
"Beards" journeys thru time (with heavy emphasis on the 1970's) to tell the "unshaved history" of mankind's warmest facial fashion feature. Find out more at Bruno Gmünder. Oh yes! And thank you to Bruno Gmünder for sending me a free copy of the book. A sample from inside:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Well, not a "prince" exactly, but a burly animated hunk. Rarely do I have a clean-shaven doppelgänger, let alone a Disney character. BSD reader Brian discovered this doppelgänger, "Kristoff" from the new Disney movie "Frozen", while scoping out diversions with his niece this past holiday weekend. I'm told it's well worth a visit to the theaters.
Grab your carabiners and climbing harnesses boys and girls. I see a big, steep mountain over yonder to . . . well. . . mount. ;-)
You can't photograph length head on . . . or can you?
Boner for Book "The Unphotographable" courtesy of BSD reader "C" from San Marcos.
Hi C.* Thanks. ;-)
*Just for that bad joke, I'll post a few of the moderately less-endowed rejects: