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04/19/2007


Size Matters

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Atmosphere from the launch party for The Big Penis Book.

Note: Nothing about this post is 100% SFW, nor is it porn.

I came to know Dian Hanson—the glamazonian editor of the sensational new tome The Big Penis BookLeg Show. Dian didn't found the leg-and-foot-fetish genre, but she may as well have, honing it to perfection through experimentation and understanding.

When I first encountered her, she was ensconced in a sprawling office that was as exciting to enter as discovering the Bat Cave. Her lair sagged with elaborate costumes from porn shoots, oddities collected from around the world and a StairMaster—if anyone needed to maintain her gams, it was she. And if anyone did (and does), it is she.

Dian was one of the girlfriends in the movie Crumb, the outspoken one who intimidated him by tracing a man’s obsession with legs to looking up Mommy’s skirts. As willing as she could be to have a conversation, people would whisper reverentially about her stardom around the office. She was someone I’d never even heard of until I met her, but who I realized right away was some kind of legend I’d overlooked by virtue of the fact that I slept with men.

Dian wrote throbbingly cerebral editor’s letters in each issue of Leg Show illustrated by her own poses, which were famous more for what they didn’t reveal—her face. Fans might suspect she looked like one of those Twilight Zone pig people for how zealously she guarded her privacy, but the other intimidating thing about Dian besides her brain is her beauty—she’s a six-foot blond with a body women half her age must covet.

Dian made Leg Show and its fat, sweaty cousin publication Juggs (and several other niche titles) into cultural phenomena thanks to an intellectual understanding of human sexuality that never overshadowed a delight in giving her readers exactly what they wanted, which was whatever in the world would help them achieve ecstasy, for $7.99 a pop.

Img_3599Now, as an editor at Taschen, a company renowned for its lavish coffee-table books on wildly inappropriate subjects like The Big Book of Breasts, Dian has topped herself with The Big Penis Book, a 384-page volume saturated with "over 400 historic photos of spectacular male endowments." Whether or not you're a size queen, this book is going to go down easy, thanks to eye-popping (don’t you hate when that happens?) photography from the best in the biz, including Bob Mizer (Athletic Model Guild), Old Reliable, Colt, Falcon, Charles Hovland of Chuckpixxx and Champion Studios. The men range from anonymous Shetland ponies to familiar faces and phalli like Chad Hunt (pictured at the book-launch party with Dian and his son) and John Holmes.

Believe me when I tell you that size matters when you’re talking about the stars of this book—it may be a big plus, it may be too much of a good thing, but it will not be ignored.

Speaking with Dian is always like X-rated home-schooling, and reading this labor of lust is an experience I hope to do over and over again, harder, faster...

Check out our conversation AFTER THE JUMP and let me know if you think men are too obsessed with our penises.

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' XXX Stops Texans in their Tracks

You may be aware of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' photo book Thinking XXX which features dual portraits of clothed and naked porn stars. The book was also the subject of an HBO film and traveling exhibit. Greenfield-Sanders was present as the exhibit opened in Houston  at the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery this week as he's photographing Houstonians with their dogs.

Towleroad received an amusing photo of some visitors to the exhibit checking out the portrait of well-endowed Lucas Entertainment actor Chad Hunt. Link to the NSFW version after the jump.

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