Category Archives: media

“It Wasn’t Arizona”

In the interest of puppet safety, The Art of Bleeding brings you this musical recap of events surrounding the arrest of predatory puppeteer and evangelical kid show host, Ronald Brown.

If you haven’t been following what is surely one of the most lurid stories of the year, a bit of background from The Huffington Post:

A Florida puppeteer who entertains children at birthday parties, schools and churches, secretly wanted to rape, kill and eat them, cops said.

Ronald Brown, 57, of Largo, was arrested last week after federal agents found that he’d allegedly been chatting online with child pornography suspects about “extremely graphic discussions regarding kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating children,” according to a federal complaint obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

The details are gruesome….. (more)

Reserve Your Copy: Empire of Death

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(photos from Empire de la Mort.)

Usually we try to reign in our morbid interests right at the point where life ends and death begins, but in this case, we make an exception for  our friend artist, photographer, writer Paul Koudounaris. After years of travel and photography, Koudounaris has produced the exquisitely illustrated and painstakingly researched The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses now available  for pre-order from Amazon.   Here is the description from the site:

From bone fetishism in the ancient world to the painted skulls of Salzburg: an unusual and compelling work of cultural history.

It is sometimes said that death is the last taboo, but it was not always so. For centuries, religious establishments constructed decorated ossuaries and charnel houses that stand as masterpieces of art created from human bone. These unique structures have been pushed into the footnotes of history; they were part of a dialogue with death that is now silent.

The sites in this specially photographed and brilliantly original study range from the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Palermo, where the living would visit mummified or skeletal remains and lovingly dress them; to the Paris catacombs; to fantastic bone-encrusted creations in Austria, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and elsewhere.

Paul Koudounaris photographed more than seventy sites for this book. He analyzes the role of these remarkable memorials within the cultures that created them, as well as the mythology and folklore that developed around them, and skillfully traces a remarkable human endeavor. 250 full-color and 50 black-and-white photographs.

Koudounaris has also launched the supplemental site Empire de la Mort where a rich foretaste of the publication’s wonders are available.

Lesbian Nurses: Which is Right for You?

It’s Nurse Paperback Friday again and time for your opinions on the ever-titlating subgenre of lesbian nurses.

Only scratching the surface here, folks….

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1) The Gay Nurses.  Proof that the cap is always the last to come off.

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2) Nurses’ Quarters by Sylvia Erskine.  OK, maybe the lesbianism is only  hinted at on the cover of this  “realistic story,” but we can take a hint.

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3) Nurses’ Quarters by Lee Morell.   Is this the same book after the author asked for a name change?    This one is advertised as “daring” rather than “realistic.”  More importantly, it uses the word “depraved” on the cover.

les-lesbiansinwhite14) Lesbians in White.  Again with the “crisp uniforms” contrast!  We think the author is doing a little more than “whispering about” it though.

Paperback Nurses: Nurse versus Nature

Paperback romance novels about nurses experienced a peculiar popularity throughout the ’60s and ’70s.   Without reading a single example, and without the Women’s Studies degree necessary to painfully belabor the point, it seems safe to say they were glutted with sexist stereotypes and leave the discussion of content there.  It’s more fun to judge them by the covers anyway, and thankfully there are tons of them online for those ready to look.  One resources is the Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Special Collections, where you can find over  425 examples.

Here is a thematic sampling from their collections:  Nurse dropped into rather unlikely natural settings. More to follow in the coming weeks.

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This one places Nurse “Cherry Caldwell”  amid seaside crags where she must struggle with issues of familial loyalty and, presumably, her porn star name.

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Postcard perfect nurses at  Grand Canyon?  I guess someone has to treat poison ivy and burro bites…

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This one featured an excerpt that caught my eye….

“Nurse Quentin McCall had two great loves—skiing and nursing . . . but lovely Quentin soon found herself tangled in a snowdrift of conflicting emotions . . . Quentin asked herself, ‘If a mask was a necessity for love, was she willing to wear one?’”

Some nurse-themed kind of paean to ski-mask sex?

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I suppose this is just inevitable.  Wait till you see how they treat jellyfish stings!

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Insert “log” joke here.  But be gentle.

AoB’s Anatomy Minutes 2: The Salivary Glands

Laughingsquid.com has posted the latest episode of Art of Bleeding “Anatomy Minutes,” writing:

A parody of the scratchy old educational films used to sedate students of a bygone era, this latest from The Art of Bleeding — the second in the “Anatomy Minutes” series — quickly acquaints you with those most mouthwatering glands in the human body….