200612140343Jay Babcock writes to remind us that this month’s ARTHUR magazine has a long essay by Alan Moore in its pages:

“Bog Venus vs. Nazi Cock-Ring: Some Thoughts Concerning Pornography” is a survey and consideration of the last TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OF PORNOGRAPHY in the Western world — a hairy-palmed story of the sexual imagination that ranges from the Venus of Willendorf to “Anal Virgins IV,” with appearances by Greek sculptors, Roman muralists, Dark Age Christians, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Marquis de Sade, William Blake, Victorian pornographic playlets and periodicals, J.K. Huysmans, Annie Besant, Ernest Dowson, Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, early 20th-century German devices to keep pubescent boys from having wet dreams, “Tijuana Bibles,” Maurice Girodias’s Olympia Press, D.H. Lawrence, W.S. Burroughs, Harvey Kurtzman, City Light Books, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Lenore Kandel, David Meltzer, Charles Bukowski, Barney Rossett’s Grove Press, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Sharon Rudahl (aka Mary Sativa), Spain, Traci Lords, “Deep Throat,” “Off Our Backs,” Britney Spears, Simone de Beauvoir, Andrea Dworkin, Russ Meyer and Kitten Natividad, Kathy Acker, Angela Carter and Felicien Rops. Amongst others.

Says Jay, “We think this is a landmark piece, and are grateful to be able to publish it in this time of relentless lame sexvertising and galloping militarism.”

Arthur, which has become something of a rallying point for what one might call forward thinking pop culture futurists (Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column) is available at over 800 locations across North America. The cover price is FREE. The mag can also be downloaded as a 2-part PDF. Copies are available at a nominal price from the publisher.

You even read an exclusive excerpt at CBR.