American Psycho – and then every other Bret Easton Ellis book!
Anais Nin – Little Birds and Delta of Venus!
The Fear Street series!
The opening scene(?) of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke at the sex addicts meeting!
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (with that bowler hat)!
Jeffrey Brown’s comics(so realistic)!
Snow White by Donald Barthelme(times seven)!
Go Ask Alice!
Francesca Lia Block’s Girl Goddess #9!
Yannick Murphy’s Signed Mata Hari!
Carole Maso’s Ava!
Bolano’s Savage Detectives!
Duras’s Destroy, She Said!
The World According to Garp!
Jeanette Winterson’s Passion!
Lo Lola Lolita!
Phew! That was shorter than I thought. I stalled a couple times. OK – well it appears most of those are either books I read when I was 13 or books I read pretty recently, so make of that what you will.
I only included books I’d actually read, though I know there’s some sexy shit in Ulysses and Justine and dozens of others I haven’t gotten through yet (shame, shame).
So why don’t you share your favorites? And I will give you a link to Jack’s Naughty Bits on Nerve, so that you can fill in your literary gaps without having to trudge through all the boring parts. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Sabbath’s Theater and other Roth
Alicia Erian’s The Brutal Language of Love
Nick Antosca’s story on Nerve
lots of Roxane Gay’s fiction
Oh man! Kathy Goess to Haiti by Kathy Acker
120 days of sodom.
all the messed up sex you’ll ever need.
hurray Jeffrey Brown!
The Bible. The first dirty book my parents bought me.
See, just for instance, the Song of Solomon. But see also the Old Testament in general.
Especially Numbers. Numbers is especially filthy.
Speaking of, and speaking of Roxane (above), and speaking of shameless self-promotion, the story of mine that just appeared in PANK #4, “The Animist,” opens with a sex scene.
And is biblical.
Yes, I was going to include Song of Solomon, as I indeed spent many an afternoon poring over that, BUT – I could not remember specifics, so i didn’t count it. All of the rest of them, I could at least provide a small detail or the circumstance or something.
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
Alice Munro – selected stuff
and the Jeffrey Brown sex scenes are hilarious!
My lover and I were reading Hesse and Ginsberg in bed. Oh what does that say about Valentine’s Day?? Ha.