NOW AVAILABLE: "25,000 YEARS OF EROTIC FREEDOM" by Alan Moore

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25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom, with text by Alan Moore, edited by Eva Prinz, is out in hardcover now. It is adapted from Alan’s 12,000-word essay on the subject from the sold-out Arthur No. 25, “Bog Venus Versus Nazi Cock-Ring: Some Thoughts Concerning Pornography.”

The promotional text from Abrams:

“Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust.”—Alan Moore

With each new technological advance, pornography has proliferated and degraded in quality. Today, porn is everywhere, but where is it art? 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom surveys the history of pornography and argues that the success and vibrancy of a society relates to its permissiveness in sexual matters.

This history of erotic art brings together some of the most provocative illustrations ever published, showcasing the evolution of pornography over diverse cultures from prehistoric to modern times. Beginning with the Venus of Willendorf, created between 24,000-22,000 bce, and book-ended by contemporary photography, it also contains a timeline covering major erotic works in several cultures. 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom ably captures the ancient and insuppressible creative drive of the sexual spirit, making this book a treatise on erotic art.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Maxim Gorki

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June 18– Maxim Gorki
“Stormy Petrel.” Russian novelist, intellectual force.
Read works of Gorki at Project Gutenberg.

JUNE 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Festival of Invisible Pornography.

ALSO ON JUNE 18 IN HISTORY…
1778 — British troops evacuate Philadelphia as American Colonial forces enter.
1812 — War declared against Britain by U.S.
1914 — Red Week begins, Italy.
1936 — Russian novelist Maxim Gorki dies, Moscow, USSR.
1953 — Egypt declared a republic by the “Revolutionary Command Council.”
1983 — Sally Ride becomes first U.S. woman in space.
1989 — Muckraking journalist I. F. “Izzy” Feiinstein Stone dies, Boston, MA.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective