Male Erotica 2012 Overview
Books submitted to the Lammy Award Erotica Panel prove that male erotica has gone mainstream. We had a total of nineteen(?) books from publishers ranging from Cleis that specializes in LBGT work to Rizzoli that prints fine art books of high quality. All were well crafted and handsomely presented.
I had the delicious joy of immersing myself in a collection of photographs taken by George Platt Lynes whose photographs of male nudes had been archived at the Kinsey Institute. Platt Lynes directed that all his negative images be destroyed on his death in 1955, so this book was a unique opportunity to see frank, honest portraits of men in the 30s and 40s that could have been lost. The panel also read All Together, a collection of three stories by Dirk Varden. (See my review) Richard LeBonte put together his annual Best Erotica collection of illicit tales from talented writers that made for pleasurable reading. History was a theme in books about early gay writers, Casanova and a young prince. The popularity of Dirk Varden’s stores about the early 50s and the photos by George Platt Lynes suggest a growing interest by straight and gay readers for information about that period of our history when we became visible to the general public for the first time. In just two years as chair of the erotica panel the level of sophistication and the breadth of male erotica has grown. Who knows what comes this year?