Der Triumph des Tintenfisches from Meggendorfer-Blätter (c. 1900). Via Beautiful Century.
Much dismay this week at the news that Coilhouse—the web and print magazine founded in 2008 by Nadya Lev, Meredith Yayanos and Zoetica Ebb—was closing its doors for the foreseeable future. I always loved what they were doing, and was delighted when S. Elizabeth interviewed me for the website two years ago. Looking at the list of their featured articles is like seeing the contents of my head laid bare. Have a browse and see what you may have missed. And fingers crossed they return soon.
• “I think we are just used to seeing naked women because they are used as objects of desire in advertisements and TV. Naked men are not that common—we are not used to seeing a penis. I think that is the main problem for people.” The shock of the (male) nude.
Queers find themselves on both sides of the free speech question. Those of us who are writers want the freedom to write and say what we want. I know I do. Yet a preponderance of LGBT people have become part of the larger wave of those who would limit free speech. Because while we want to be able to say whatever we want about “them,” we do not want “them” to say whatever they want about us.
Victoria Brownworth on The Case Against Censorship
• Caspar Henderson re-reads The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges.
• BLDGBLOG visits the Chand Baori stepwell in Abhaneri, India.
• Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine is launched in the UK.
• Ken Hollings visits Ludwig II’s Venus Grotto.
• A guide to Meredith Monk‘s music.
• RIP Boris Strugatsky.
• Maldorora: a Tumblr.