Video Editing by Clinton Krute. All images courtesy of the Estate of Samuel M. Steward.
“For years, I’ve treasured the intelligent, ribald, masculine novels of Phil Andros: Roman Conquests; Greek Ways; and My Brother, My Self. You have to love a pornographer whose range of obsessions runs from rough trade to Keats and then always right back to rough trade. Despite their erudition, his novels are always thoroughly hot and fun. I always wondered, Who is this guy? Thankfully, Justin Spring has finally uncovered the full story in Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade. Little did I know that Phil Andros the pornographer was also Phil Sparrow the tattooist, who was also Samuel M. Steward, a novelist and professor whose confidants included Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, Alfred Kinsey, and George Platt Lynes.”— From Jason Baumann’s Editor’s Choice in BOMB 113