In the late '40s, the White House
was in a condemnable state

To save it, everything had to go

Harry S Truman inherited a White House that was in horrendous shape. After the British nearly burnt it to the ground in 1814, the construction of 20th-century innovations—indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating ducts—had also taken its toll on the structure. The building was nearly 150 years old, and it showed its age.
The social events of the 1948 holiday season had to be canceled. And with good reason: Experts called the third floor of the White House “an outstanding example of a firetrap.”

So it had to be gutted. Completely. Every piece of the interior, including the walls, had to be removed and put in storage. The outside of the structure—reinforced by new concrete columns—was all that remained. Read more.

The White House, after being gutted in 1950

(National Archives / Truman Library)

(National Archives / Truman Library)

(National Archives / Truman Library)

(National Archives / Truman Library)

(National Archives / Truman Library)

De 1949 à 1952, la Maison Blanche fut entièrement rénovée sous le mandat du Président Truman. Les photos inédites de la Maison Blanche pendant les travaux sont ici :

This fake Donald Trump campaign ad
is just about perfect

Untitled by Cain Q. (more here)

Why Harry Bush Was an Artist at War

Harry Bush was a homosexual who drew male nudes throughout the 1970s and '80s for hardcore magazines but wanted nothing to do with gay people in particular. And although his work rarely deviates from the archetypal youths awakening to their primal urges at the very moment they reach physical perfection, the man drawing those images was a frail and aging hermit who kept an oxygen tank not far from his ever-present pack of cigarettes.
Bush has been described over the years as a talented bundle of contradictions barely covered by skin. Even as his work became more pointed and popular, Harry obsessed that if his fixation on the Boy Next Door ever got back to his relatives, they'd conspire to strip him of his government pension and lock him up in an old age home to die. Even so, and despite knowing that most of his colleagues worked under pseudonyms, Harry Bush signed everything he ever drew with his own name.
Bush died in 1994, of emphysema. He left a legacy of impossibly perfect teens dangling like ripe fruit in the half-light between adolescence and adulthood.
If Bush's drawings continue to captivate succeeding generations, Bob Mainardi, who assembled the 2007 Harry Bush anthology Hard Boys, believes it's because they're about "living without shame, especially when you're young, which I still think is difficult. It's still a tough time growing up and deciding how to come out or whether to come out at all." Read more.

Source: OUT, Kevin Phinney, August 28, 2015

Hard Boys, Paperback – Nov. 2007 by Harry Bush (Author)

Sur cette photographie obscène, vendue
à la sauvette dans la rue (pour ne pas être vus de la police),
sur ce cliché pornographique,
comment pareil visage de rêve
a-t-il pu se retrouver ; que fais-tu donc ici ?

Qui sait quelle vie abjecte, crapuleuse, tu dois mener ;
quel entourage sordide était le tien
quand on t'a fait poser pour la photographie ;
quelle âme de voyou tu dois avoir.
Mais malgré cela, et pire encore, tu restes pour moi
le visage de rêve, la figure même
de l'amour grec et tout entière vouée à lui --
tu restes pour moi tel que te voit ma poésie.

- Constantin Cavafis, Tu restes pour moi (avril 1913) Trad. D. Grandmont

French Model Romain Vennat (more here)

I am the one who frames

29 Photos That Prove “Breaking Bad” Had The Greatest Cinematography,
Andy Neuenschwander, BuzzFeed, August 8, 2015.

Well, East Coast boys are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern boys, with the way they talk
They knock me out when I'm down there

The Midwest farmers' sons really make you feel all right
And the Northern guys, with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California boys...

L'original, of course, est ici.

Jerónimo by Juan Pablo González Cabrera
Jerónimo by Juan Pablo González Cabrera (more here)

A competitor jumps from the old bridge during a cliff diving competition in Kanal ob Soci,
Slovenia on August 16, 2015. Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

City Boys, Elska Magazine (via The Advocate magazine)

La version 2016 de la célébrissime Africa Twin du constructeur nippon Honda.
Vidéo remontée sur deux BO qui pètent...

Chad White leaves Gore Vidal at a loss for words. Photo by Steven Klein

Toscana, Italia

Photo by Kate Van Bee on flickr

Je n'aime pas dormir quand ta figure habite,
La nuit, contre mon cou ;
Car je pense à la mort laquelle vient trop vite,
Nous endormir beaucoup.

Je mourrai, tu vivras et c'est ce qui m'éveille !
Est-il une autre peur ?
Un jour ne plus entendre auprès de mon oreille
Ton haleine et ton coeur.

Quoi, ce timide oiseau replié par le songe
Déserterait son nid !
Son nid d'où notre corps à deux têtes s'allonge
Par quatre pieds fini.

Puisse durer toujours une si grande joie
Qui cesse le matin,
Et dont l'ange chargé de construire ma voie
Allège mon destin.

Léger, je suis léger sous cette tête lourde
Qui semble de mon bloc,
Et reste en mon abri, muette, aveugle, sourde,
Malgré le chant du coq.

Cette tête coupée, allée en d'autres mondes,
Où règne une autre loi,
Plongeant dans le sommeil des racines profondes,
Loin de moi, près de moi.

Ah ! je voudrais, gardant ton profil sur ma gorge,
Par ta bouche qui dort
Entendre de tes seins la délicate forge
Souffler jusqu'à ma mort.

- Jean Cocteau, Plain-Chant (1923)

Frank Lloyd Wright: Emil Bach House, 7415 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL. USA. Photo by Jeremy Atherton, 2006

Living room and fireplace

Dining room and living room

The Emil Bach House is a Prairie style house in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States that was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was built in 1915 for an admirer of Wright's work, Emil Bach.