DIARY: I finally caught up with My Night With Reg
Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh contributes columns to the paper as well as writing features, interviews and restaurant reviews. He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.
Thursday 09 February 1995
What is it with dogs and sex these days? Once only J R Ackerley, literary editor of the Listener, went around babbling about his passion for pooches. Now we are knee-deep in brazen canophilia. A new advertising campaign by Gianni Versace features some photographs of Madonna, the well-known singer and former virgin, playing backgammon with a stiffly seated borzoi; elsewhere she can be seen apparently advising a French poodle about its maquillage. Across my desk crashes a collection of new pictures by thestratospherically trendy Bruce Weber; it's called Gentle Giants, it's about huge hairy Newfoundlands and, yep, there are lots of naked chaps hugging them. A new set of paintings by the American naive artist George Rodrigue is called Blue Dog, a homage to a deceased spaniel-terrier called Tiffany. Are you amazed to hear the unfortunate beast turns up surrounded by Classical nudes?
I can see it now. There will soon be a new poster from the RSPCA, sternly warning: "A dog is for life, not just a brief fling".
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