I’ve wanted to read the Story of O for years. I remember, as a child, adults referring to it with raised eyebrows, hinting at their own sexual liberation and kinky interests. Its reputation as a work of “pornography sublimed to the purest art” hasn’t waned since its publication in 1954. It was written by a … Continue reading The Bondage of Love
Anais Nin’s two collections of erotica - The Delta of Venus and Little Birds - were published after her death in 1977. She’d been commissioned to write them when she moved to the US in the 1940s by an anonymous client and kept them secret throughout the rest of her turbulent life. A surprising decision … Continue reading The Queen of Literary Porn
The third review in my series of writing about sex explores the modern adulteress through two novels written by Leila Slimani and Jill Alexander Essbaum.
The second book review in my series of writing about sex is on Lisa Taddeo's Three Women. It's an astonishing piece of narrative journalism on female desire; the beauty and violence of yearning.