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Volume I, Issue 46
April 20 - April 27, 1998

The books of photographer Jock Sturges have ignited several censorship cases in America's southern states. Why? Because his pictures include shots of naked children. That's kiddie porn, bubba. Both Barnes & Noble and Border's book chain, which carry Sturges' works, have been challenging the statutes that make this illegal. The ensuing battle has been quite revealing (no pun intended).

Beneath all the dry legalese and partisan warfare lay some intriguing questions: What makes something obscene? Specifically, when does an image of a nude child become sick and pedophilic, rather than beautiful and natural? And how do issues of consent and intention play into the controversy?

In Europe, of course, the sexual qualities of the young are revered instead of considered taboo. Past cultures celebrated youthful sexuality. What is Donatello's "David" if not an eroticization of young manhood? So why are we so uptight?

These are among the questions Sturges addresses, and addresses well, in this interview. The artist gives compelling reasons why his work, if not all potentially erotic photographs of children and other people, should be considered art rather than pornography.

What do you think? As usual, I'm interested in hearing your views. Email me at this address, or contribute your opinions to our Talk Back forum. Don't be shy!


In the Gallery
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The Writing on the Wall
Broadsides mingle prints and poetry. [11]
Jeffrey Lee

Unsentimental Seascapes
In the late 20th century, serious artists have turned their attention once again to the sea. [12]
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Featured Articles
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An Interview With Jock Sturges
Once again, the morality cops are going after art photographer Jock Sturges. In this candid interview, Sturges explains that a nude is a nude, but booty is in the eye of the beholder. [2]
David Steinberg

Spring Fashion Report
Platform shoes, the uniburn, mood tops and fast-food chain uniforms -- are you ready for fashion 1998? [3]
Bill Frost


Recreation
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If They Could See Me Now
After seven days on a Caribbean cruise ship, a writer comes faces to face with the ugliest American. [4]
Jim Hanas

Fairway to Heaven
Once the domain of sunburnt, polyester-clad businessmen, golf is officially in vogue. [5]
Ben Fulton

Martians on the WWW
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim and finding yourself...on Mars?! [6]
Devin D. O'Leary


Food & Drink
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What Can You Eat?
For Lent, I give up on cooking for friends. [7]
Meredith Phillips


Performance
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Meaning From Monotony
"Waiting for Godot" travels over vast terrain by going nowhere at all. [8]
Scott C. Morgan

Where the Action Is
Maureen Needham gets a workout with Elizabeth Streb's PopAction. [9]
Maureen Needham

Exhibitionism
Reviews of "Agamemnon" and "Blood Pudding." [10]


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [13]


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