19 May 2006
A book at bedtime
From Playboy via Kottke by way of Belhoste, this is the magazine's list of The 25 Sexiest Novels Ever Written:
- Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (aka Fanny Hill) John Cleland
- Lady Chatterley's Lover D. H. Lawrence
- Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
- Story of O Pauline Réage
- Crash J. G. Ballard
- Interview With The Vampire Anne Rice
- Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth
- The Magus John Fowles
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
- Endless Love Scott Spencer
- Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
- Carrie's Story Molly Weatherfield
- Fear of Flying Erica Jong
- Peyton Place Grace Metalious
- Story of the Eye Georges Bataille
- The End of Alice A. M. Homes
- Vox Nicholson Baker
- Rapture Susan Minot
- Singular Pleasures Harry Mathews
- In the Cut Susanna Moore
- Brass Helen Walsh
- Candy Terry Southern/Mason Hoffenberg
- Forever Judy Blume
- An American Dream Norman Mailer
- The Carpetbaggers Harold Robbins
I have read ten of these, as it happens. (And frankly, I thought Mantissa, being more of a head trip, was more erotic than The Magus, but nobody asked me.)
There are a couple of these I have not read about which I am curious, and, well, there's only one way to satisfy said curiosity. Or so they say.
Posted at 11:32 AM to Almost Yogurt
Harold Robbins. We'll that brings back memories. None of which I feel like I should talk about.
I've only read Interview With a Vampire and I didn't find it as sexy as all my vampire-obsessed friends did. I'm just not that into having all my blood drained from my body. And that whole "submissive, surrender" thing gives me the creeps. It was still better than The Vampire Lestat, or any of Rice's subsequent phonebook-sized tomes.
As for the rest -- meh, "sexy" books are boring. People just lie there yakking about their parts, how dull. Go out and do something, you bores.
I have a little more faith in the genre, if only because good sexy books seem to be so hard to find but nonetheless do seem to exist. Of course, they represent about one bazillionth of the market, but how surprising is that?
I must here single out Facing the Lions, by New York Times stalwart Tom Wicker, which ought to get some sort of award for Least Erotic Obligatory Sex Scene.
And we want to know which ten!!! I have read several myself but was most surprised to see The End of Alice by AM Homes. That book was full of violent prison sex and pedophile fantasies. Bizarre book. But the author is incredibly beautiful. I remember wondering how a woman who looks like she does could write a book like that. She wrote from the disturbed man's perspective, too. Weird. I then came to me senses and realized that what she looks like has nothing to do with her grey matter and runaway typewriter. Oh, you're probably curious by now:
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 17.
I started 24, but never got through it.