Tag Archives: Eroticism

Sexual Desire: Disorder and Excess?

“We cannot reduce sexual desire to that which is agreeable and beneficent. There is in it an element of disorder and excess which goes as far as to endanger the life of whoever indulges in it.” Georges Bataille, Literature and Evil In the past, when accounts of explicit sexual desire were prohibited and, by necessity, Continue Reading

Flirting with Danger: Excitement and the Aesthetics of the Erotic

What disturbs Stoller is not that we ‘stage’ our excitements but that we deny we are doing it. Continue Reading

Four great pieces of erotic writing, and why they’re so good.

An Early Winter Train by C. Sanchez-Garcia An Early Winter Train examines the relationship between a husband and a wife who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s.  What makes it such a powerful story is that it looks at the concept of consent in a powerful, poignant, honest way. Sanchez-Garcia is a careful crafter of prose Continue Reading

Writing in Pursuit of Pleasure

Very recently, the marvelously accomplished erotic writer Will Crimson sent around a letter, addressed to a few other writers, inviting them to a discussion on how their writing and motivations for writing have changed over time, with the evolution of their practice. Answering this invitation forced me to write a manifesto of a kind and Continue Reading