E R O T I C A
(Week of 2/14/19)
To be very clear, Melinda and I didn’t start The Productive Hangover as a mechanism to plug our own work.
On the other hand, we didn’t not start it for that reason, so. . .
I’ve got a new short story collection out today, called The Fairer Sex. It’s about women getting what they want, and you can find it here: The Fairer Sex (free for Kindle/audio if you’re Amazon Prime).
It’s also of a genre I like to call satirical erotica, which, coupled with the occasion of Valentine’s Day, is why we’re dedicating this week’s list to Erotica as a whole.
If you’ve only got time for one thing, you should check out my book ;-) but if you’d like to dive in further, as I, over the past two years’ trying to rationalize my career decisions, have done, we’ve pulled some highlights from around the world and throughout the ages.
To start, listen to a solid philosophical discussion of the difference between erotic art and pornography. From there, peruse some Mesopotamian art, read a feminist take on the Kama Sutra, and consider the life of the great erotic poet Sappho. A list like this wouldn’t be complete without Anais Nin (if you haven’t seen Henry & June, the first NC-17 movie about her relationship with Henry Miller starring Uma Thurman, it’s worth the rental), nor a lesson in the controversy surrounding the Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the namesakes of S&M. To lighten things up from that mind-twist, we’ve included some triumphs in erotic literature from Victorian Britain, as well as an article on the sexual repression tactics that surely prompted their flourishing. And, finally, we’ve finished up with a look back at Madonna’s ground-breaking album, “Erotica,” and what it says about us that Fifty Shades remains one of the best-selling books of all time.
Hope you enjoy, thank you -- truly -- for your support re: my own collection, and very Happy Valentine’s Day!
Erotic Art v. Pornography
Podcast from Philosophy Talk
Excerpts from Ancient Erotic Traditions
NSFW Mesopotamian art
The Kama Sutra as a feminist book of erotic love
BBC video on Sappho
New York Times's archived review of The Diary of Anais Nin
Selected quotes about love and life
Henry & June trailer
The Independent article about Marquis de Sade
The Guardian analysis of Roman Polanski vis-à-vis Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Study about differences in male/female arousal vis-à-vis sado-masochism
Selections from The Pearl, by Anonymous
Fun facts about sexuality in the Victorian Era
Paris Review article on morals in John Cleland’s Fanny Hill
Contemporary American Erotica
Billboard oral history of Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica
Psychology Today article breaking down expert opinions on Fifty Shades
6 Straussian readings of Fifty Shades from Vox