Brenn Diephuis by Kevin Rijnders for Sjaak Hullekes

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi (c. 1532),
Michelangelo's favorite student. 410 x 290 mm. (The British Museum)

Drawn in black chalk, the portrait shows the head and shoulders of a young man, Andrea Quaratesi (1512-85) who was one of several noble youths much admired by Michelangelo.
Though from a noble Florentine family, it is possible that Michelangelo tried to teach this young Florentine how to draw, as the artist wrote on a drawing: 'Andrea, have patience'. The young man wears contemporary dress, a cap flat on his head, as he looks out to his left.
Michelangelo rarely gave his drawings away, other than to close friends or pupils. He presented these carefully finished 'presentation drawings' only to those whom he admired and loved. In his own words, they were carried out 'for love rather than duty'.

Sonnet XXX

Je vois par vos beaux yeux une douce lumière
que par les miens, aveugles, je ne saurais voir ;
je porte avec vos pieds un fardeau sur l'échine
que les miens claudicants, n'auraient jamais souffert ;
Je vole avec vos ailes, moi qui suis sans plumes,
par votre esprit sans cesse entraîné dans le ciel ;
je suis à votre gré ou livide ou vermeil,
transi dans le soleil ou chaud par froide brume.
Mon désir ne réside qu'en votre vouloir,
mes pensées ne se forgent que dans votre coeur,
mes paroles ne naissent que de votre souffle.
Je ressemble à ce qu'est, d'elle-même, la lune
dont nos yeux ne sauraient découvrir dans le ciel
qu'une portion : celle qu'embrase le soleil.

Michel-Ange, Sonnet à Tommaso Cavalieri
Trad. de Pierre Leyris

 Sonetto XXX
Veggio co' bei vostri occhi un dolce lume,
Che co' miei ciechi già veder non posso;
Porto co' vostri piedi un pondo addosso,
Che de' mie zoppi non è già costume.
Volo con le vostr'ale senza piume;
Col vostr'ingegno al ciel sempre son mosso;
Dal vostr'arbitrio son pallido e rosso,
Freddo al sol, caldo alle più fredde brume.
Nel voler vostro è sol la voglia mia,
I mie' pensier nel vostro cor si fanno,
Nel vostro fiato son le mie parole.
Come luna da sè sol par ch'io sia;
Chè gli occhi nostri in ciel veder non sanno
Se non quel tanto che n'accende il sole.
 Michael Angelo Buonarroti
Sonetto XXX "A Tommaso de' Cavalieri"

Sonnet XXX
"With your fair eyes a charming light I see,
For which my own blind eyes would peer in vain;
Stayed by your feet the burden I sustain
Which my lame feet find all too strong for me;
Wingless upon your pinions forth I fly;
Heavenward your spirit stirreth me to strain;
E’en as you will, I blush and blanch again,
Freeze in the sun, burn ’neath a frosty sky.
Your will includes and is the lord of mine;
Life to my thoughts within your heart is given;
My words begin to breathe upon your breath:
Like to the moon am I, that cannot shine
Alone; for lo! our eyes see nought in heaven "
Save what the living sun illumineth."

Michelangelo Buonarroti
Sonnet XXX "To Tommaso de' Cavalieri"
Trad. John Addington Symonds

Scott Gardner by Carlos Moscat

Tobias Hinchely By Nino Yap

Brandon Bailey by Carlos Velez

ce matin, c'est l'automne --
dans le miroir
le visage de mon père

-- Murakami Kijô

Plaque in Memory of Last Two Men
Executed for Homosexuality in France
Officially Unveiled

Unveiling of the plaque

On the morning of Oct. 18, 2014, the City of Paris formally unveiled a historical plaque in memory of Jean Diot and Bruno Lenoir, arrested for sodomy and burned at the stake in 1750 — the last two victims of an execution for homosexual acts in the history of France.
The plaque is located in the pavement at the corner of the rue Montorgueil and the rue Bachaumont, near the location where the men were seized in flagrante on Jan. 4, 1750.

Among the speakers at the ceremony: Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris (the first woman and the second Socialist to hold the post) and Jacques Boutault, district mayor for the second arrondissement, where the plaque is located.
Mayor Hidalgo's speech was both very moving in its evocation of the long struggle for respect and equality for LGBT people and in making a strong commitment to public policy measures supporting LGBT public history. -- G. Koskovich, October 18, 2014

Photo: Têtu

Anxiety and the Men's Shower Room

Why is the all-male shower scene such a hot button for straight guys?

One of the first things that comes up when gay men talk about coming out in college, the military, or on a sports team is the dreaded shower issue. Just as recently as this past August news media was still concerned about gay football player Michael Sam showering with his teammates.
Why are people so freaked out about this? We have been showering with you from at least high school on. Yeah, we look. You look at us too. But nothing gets out of hand because us in the shower with you is not the same thing as you in the shower with a bunch of naked girls. We have been conditioned all our lives to keep it cool. Besides, you're not that hot.
Here's a theory: Your obsession about the whole "dropping the soap" thing has to do with how much you think about other guys naked and wet. Relax. It's no big deal.

And just to demonstrate that it isn't us who can't stop thinking about this shower thing, enjoy this collection of images of men in the shower presented by mainstream media, Hollywood, and the military. Read more...

Source: Advocate, October 16, 2014
Source: The Lovely Boners (Flickr)

Source: The Lovely Boners (Flickr)

Sangetsu-an, Hakone Museum, Toshi Yoshida (1954)


another year
I didn't die...
autumn dusk

- Kobayashi Issa (1816)

Here’s How Much Monetary Damage
Calvin Caused

Someone conducted a study on just how much damage a kid like Calvin
can do to your home. Let's go exploring.

Matt J. Michel, editor of humorous scholarly journal Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science, has pored through every Calvin And Hobbes comic from 1985 to 1995 and estimated how much monetary damage Calvin caused. Well, that’s one way to kill time while waiting for life to shower you with meaning and happiness.

The totally crucial research finds that Calvin caused approximately $15,955.50 worth of damage during the course of Bill Watterson’s comic. Not including Watterson’s two sabbaticals in the comic’s run, this works out to $1,850.55 per year. The figure ranges from the little items (a $2 jar) to the very expensive (flooding parts of the house on five different occasions, at a cost of up to $4,798.83 per event according to Homewyse).

Here’s a helpful graph Michel made:

Click to enlarge

Click here to read the full article (Uproxx/Gammasquad, Oct.08.14)