The Sewers of Paris

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?


episode 399: Jewels and Gold and Butts (Ep 399 - Pink Narcissus/Ian MacKinnon)

Fifty one years ago this month, a strange and beautiful art film called Pink Narcissus had its San Francisco debut, and went on to forever change the life of my guest Ian MacKinnon. I spoke to Ian back in 2015, and this week we’re revisiting that interview to mark the half-century birthday of one of his favorite films. Growing up in the midwest, Ian couldn't even picture what life as a gay man even looked like. And he certainly couldn't have pictured what his life would become: parading up on stages as a performance artist, covered in brightly-colored phallic objects, to shout triumphantly in one-man shows about the pride he takes in being a sexual gay being.

We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that I’ve got a book coming out in 2023! It’s about how subversive queer comedy transformed the American sitcom over the last half century, and I’ll be revealing the title and cover next week in my weekly newsletter — head over to to subscribe and be the first to get all the details, and to pre-order your copy.

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 2022-09-01  42m