I wrote those words in 1999, in an article for the fourth issue of the late HERO Magazine (p. 18), and I was talking about the peculiar love affair lots of gay men were having at the time with the relatively new Abercrombie & Fitch A&F Quarterly. It was more than just a clothing catalog and collection of music, book, and travel reviews;

with its bold yet classy Bruce Weber photos of gorgeous young men often entwined in innocent yet intriguing poses, the Quarterly quickly became a must-have coffee table item for anyone who considered himself an admirer of youthful male beauty.