Women in sexual professions have always distinguished themselves from other women, from the mores of the time, by pushing the boundaries of style. The most celebrated concubines and courtesans in history set the trends in their respective courts. The great dames of burlesque — Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee — boasted a signature style on- and offstage, reflecting broader-than-life personalities.

Given that photography was still an emerging technology, an emerging creative medium, when these “working girls” posed for William Goldman in the 1890s at a Reading, Pennsylvania brothel, the entire exercise transcends their initial business liaison. The instantaneous concept of click-and-shoot was still decades away. To be photographed required sitting very still. The women featured in Goldman’s collection obviously caught his eye. Not just anyone is asked to be the subject of artistic documentation.

Incest, rape, adultery, exhibitionism, prostitution, homosexuality, abortion, mate swapping, bestiality — it’s all there in the book held sacred by three of the world’s major religions. Originally published to reveal the hypocrisy of fundamentalists’ attempts to censor and suppress the kind of material found throughout their own scriptures, The X-Rated Bible quickly became the American Atheist Press’s most notorious and best-selling book. It garnered media attention due to its title, subject matter (with chapters like “Lot Knocks Up Both His Daughters, ” and “Noah Gets Drunk and Exposes Himself”), and association with publisher Madalyn Murray O’Hair, famous atheist and publicity hound. This redesigned, corrected, and expanded edition will reintroduce the controversial publication that unblushingly confronts the dirty parts of the Holy Bible.

9/10 … This period in New York history has always been on top of my ”if I could time travel” list so I was very eager to dive into this. After 2-3 episodes I called it the best TV show ever, as the show went along I calmed down a bit but still really loved it. I could go so far as to say it’s the best show ever on HBO together with The Wire (Yes, I´m looking at you Game of Thrones). We get to follow the ups and downs of the characters, and it can be pretty emotional. When some of the customers treat the women bad I get so furious I just want to jump into the screen and punch people.