November 15th, 2013

paperback

An old look at the lesbian

Fifty years ago, you couldn't publish honest porn without getting arrested, so there was a genre of Ain't It Awful Porn, which combined sexual content with what Philip Roth called "the collective ecstasy of sanctimony." (Kenneth Starr attempted to revive the genre a while back.) The famous Horrible Example was The Velvet Underground (the group named after it was no worse). Here's another.