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The Lover 04 PDF download!

The Lover 04 can now be purchased as a PDF download. If you pay with credit card, you get immediate access to your download.

As for the print version, the last outstanding orders were shipped today.

The Lover 04 - free preview gallery

Content The Lover 04

  • The Azov Bluff. A 22-page double feature summarizes the last years’ biggest legal scandal.
  • Fiction on Trial. How a German prosecutor tried to get a gay themed novel banned.
  • Deconstructing Hunter x Hunter. Ancient themes of male initiation have made their way into Japan’s favorite manga.
  • Special Report. Soldiers speak out on why they went with boys.
  • Raster detective. In this issue: The Swedish magazine Killen from 1979.
  • Plus reader letters, news stories, book reviews and manga tips!

And have a great weekend! 🙂

Salzgeber

Salzgeber

I somehow ended up at the editorial offices of Salzgeber this weekend, drinking free gin and tonics and chatting with people in the film business, since the Berlinale is ongoing here. Earlier in the night we had attended a screening of indie B-movie Ulrike’s Brain, followed by a Q&A with its creator Bruce LaBruce.

Will McBride at Salzgeber

Salzgeber published the Salem Suite by Will McBride in 2014. Original prints were hanging on the walls! Will McBride contributed to Destroyer on a number of occasions, with texts, paintings and photography.

Salzgeber has also released a book on Der Kreis.

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Photo by Appaloosa

The Lover at the German National Library

Did you know that The Lover is available at the German National Library? They have categorized the journal as “sociology” and “anthropology” – right on the mark!

A couple of weeks ago I got a personal email from them. They thanked me for always delivering The Lover on time, and wondered why they hadn’t received the fourth issue.

Well, good news for the German National Library and everyone else who is waiting for the next issue:

The Lover 04 will ship on Friday!

Order it now to be part of the first batch!

Destroyer masthead retina

This is for the retina lover in you

Ever since I upgraded to a computer with a retina screen, the Destroyer logotype looked blurry in the masthead. Not any more! The logotype is now a much bigger image, which will stay sharp, no matter the resolution of your device. The beauty!

I know more than 99 percent of you probably don’t give a damn about these things. But they’re important to me. It’s the little things that matter!

The Lover 04

Pre-order The Lover 04!

The Lover 04 is currently being printed – it will ship mid February 2017.

The new issue is packed with unique articles on culture and politics, and illustrated with exquisite photography:

  • The Azov Bluff. A 22-page double feature summarizes the last years’ biggest legal scandal.
  • Fiction on Trial. How a German prosecutor tried to get a gay themed novel banned.
  • Deconstructing Hunter x Hunter. Ancient themes of male initiation have made their way into Japan’s favorite manga.
  • Special Report. Soldiers speak out on why they went with boys.
  • Raster detective. In this issue: The Swedish magazine Killen from 1979.
  • Plus reader letters, news stories, book reviews and manga tips!

Order The Lover 04 here!

Boy Card 02

Boy Card 02

Added to the shop today: Card 02

Nicola shot this photo in Italy in 1977.

40 years later, the boy is given the recognition he demanded and deserved at the moment of the shoot. His picture is printed on a sturdy card, UV varnished and ready to light up the day of many more people.

On that subject:

According to the classical Greeks, the Boy’s beauty consists of, as Michel Foucault puts it in volume two of The History of Sexuality, “the signs and guarantees of a developing virility. Strength, endurance, and spirit also formed part of this beauty; hence it was good in fact if exercises, competitions, and hunting expeditions reinforced these qualities.”

The Boy was thus a kind of valuable raw material, and it was society’s duty to gently shape it in the right way, taking care of the boy’s nascent power which would not reach its peak until years later. This is how Pseudo-Demosthenes puts it in Eroticos, his tribute to the boy Epicrates. Foucault notes that “as if it were a matter of a work of art to be finished, he urges all who know Epicrates to give this future figure ‘the greatest possible brilliance’.”

Mankind is beautiful, and Destroyer was a declaration of love for mankind – an attempt to give it “the greatest possible brilliance”.

(Excerpt from Gay Man’s Worst Friend – the Story of Destroyer Magazine, available here.)

Enjoy!

Boy photo card by Nicola

Boy Card 01

Last Christmas I printed this photo, taken by Nicola in Syracuse, Italy, in 1978.

As of today, it is available in the shop.

But don’t order it separately, as it wouldn’t make sense shippingwise. Only add it if you place a bigger order. Or write “free card” in the comment field when checking out, and I’ll include it for free throughout the holidays with your order of other stuff (as I’ve done sometimes before – maybe you already have the card?).

I plan to print more photo cards. Requests for motives are welcome, but may not be granted!

With that, I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas!

Mowgli trade card

Everyday happiness

Monday morning, the last week before Christmas. You can barely get out of bed. You’re two days away from the winter solstice; it’s the third darkest day of the year and the sun rises only at 8.14 am and sets at 3.53 pm. You struggle in the morning traffic with the other poor souls of your city, your sleepy gaze lingering on the wet sidewalk. And there he is: Mowgli.