Högdalens skola

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Swedish artist Nisse Zetterberg (1910-1986) made this mosaic for the new school in Högdalen outside Stockholm, Sweden, when it opened in 1959:

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The school has been empty for many years, and will now be torn down to give way to apartments. But a group of activists occupied the school last weekend to stop this development. They used Nisse’s mosaic in one of their events, and the result is the artwork at the top of this post.

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Finally: Shallow Tourist as a PDF Download!

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And so, after four years, it is finally time for our most popular (well, only) photo book to get a digital release.

As of today (!) Shallow Tourist is available as a PDF file for direct download upon payment!

 

Buy a Shallow Tourist download!

Shallow Tourist has been praised by readers and book shops alike:

Arty, sexy, schick!

— Gaybooks.de

ヨーロッパのバス停やモーテル、どこかノスタルジックな旅の風景とともに少年たちや青年たちが切りとられています。(~A nostalgic road trip with boys and teenagers in European motels.)

— Shibuya Books

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I have some more exciting news for you as well, and that is that Moot, the author, is currently working on a sequel to Shallow Tourist. I’m not sure exactly when (or if) it will be published, but we are both very determined that we want to create one.

I’m very excited, as I hope you are too. Now shop away! And enjoy your weekend!

 

Shop, shop, shop!!! :)

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Want a download?

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Many of you prefer downloads, so I thought I should inform you that Cmykrush currently offers 20 percent discount on all downloads.

Just use coupon code drm2015 when checking out.

 

Yo, buy a download!

Valid through Sunday 10 May 2015, only for downloads.

Apparently they are celebrating Day Against DRM. DRM (Digital Rights Management) means copy protection. We have never used that. When you buy a download of Destroyer, BBN or some other of our hot publications, what you get is a pure high quality PDF without water marks or other restrictions.

Enjoy!

PS: Not valid for the just released PDF version of Shallow Tourist!

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Olive boys

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Which "boy" do you prefer?
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Destroyer features in doctoral dissertation

Tim Warburton’s doctoral dissertation From AIDS to Assimilation: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Swedish Literature (University of Washington, 2014) describes – as you can gather from its title – which cultural expressions of homosexuality were favoured and which were criticised, not to say dismissed and persecuted, in post-AIDS crisis’ Sweden. It’s an immensely interesting story, one in which Destroyer plays an integral part.

Warburton zooms in on how the gay program Böglobbyn on Swedish public service TV dealt with Destroyer (which is also described in my book Gay Man’s Worst Friend):

Although he is openly gay, Hilton’s tone during the voiceover of the program was disdainful and condemning; his presentation of Destroyer in Böglobbyn conveyed the message that respectable gay voices like his wanted nothing to do with Destroyer.

Warburton uses Gayle Rubin’s theory of sexual hierarchy to analyse the harsh condemnation of Destroyer:

The anxious need to maintain the line between good and bad sex drives the tension in the discourse surrounding Destroyer. The drawing of this line is demonstrated by gay rights voices like Johan Hilton, who have much to benefit politically, socially, and economically when this line is clear and pronounced.

He concludes:

The tension along the culturally determined barrier between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sexual expressions is demonstrated in the scandal of Destroyer magazine and the outrage it sparked within gay rights debates.

I think he’s right on the spot, and I’m happy that Destroyer’s role in “gay” politics – or to be more exact: Destroyer’s virtue of illuminating the less flattering sides of “gay” politics – is being brought to academic light again.

If you want to read the dissertation, it can be found in all academic library systems, for example here:

From AIDS to Assimilation: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Swedish Literature

The chapter about Destroyer is called “Cultural Amnesia of the AIDS Crisis” and starts on page 129. It’s well worth a read! The rest of the dissertation also seems interesting, but I haven’t read it in full yet.

Yes, Destroyer has been the subject of academic research before. The thesis The Beautiful Boy, The Destroyer: Sexradikalers förhandlingar om tidskriften Destroyer (in Swedish) was written by Reb Kerstinsdotter at Stockholm University in 2008. (Destroyer reported.) It is also referenced in Warburton’s dissertation.

Note to Swedish readers: My Swedish book Bögarnas värsta vän (2010) contains a detailed chronology of the Destroyer scandal. Buy it here in print or as a download. It is also available (to a higher price) at all major book and ebook retailers such as Adlibris, Bokus, Dito …

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Yes, we’re legal – and now we’re moral too

Our web host contacted us some time ago and asked us to remove certain content if we wanted to stay. They specified the content as “images which are legal but which we can’t defend morally”.

Fair enough, I think. If you want to be hosted by a web hotel, with all the advantages that come with that, you have to play by their rules. The alternative is to level up to an own server, VPS or physical, which is above my own technical knowledge level (I tried once) and which is also much more expensive. So I removed some old folders with legal images, and the host confirmed that everything was more than ok. (“We didn’t even find anything borderline, so you can stay without problems”, they wrote.)

In the end I asked why this request came now, after several years of smooth operation. The abuse officer replied that they had got “numerous complains from international organisations working against child porn”.

Jesus. What if those organisations actually devoted their resources to, say, working against child porn? Instead of trying to close down legitimate sites like mine – not only completely legal but with a strong artistic and political focus? Wouldn’t that be better for everyone? Not least the children? Oh, as if these orgs cared about those little rascals. Yeah, I know. Silly me to suggest such a possibility. Sorry!

(And if you think that we’re cowards and that we should have stood up for ourselves: No. I save that battle for my publications. The way I sell them was always a compromise, as it should be. Put the energy where it belongs.)

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