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Currently Reading…
April 26, 2010, 6:00 am
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I Know It When I See It: Pornogrpahy, Violence and Public Sensitivity by Michael Leach © 1975
Synopsis: What makes a movie obscene? Is Deep Throat as immoral as Super Fly or Death Wish? This invitation to explore the paradoxes of pornography offers an intimate, informal, and often humorous perspective on what’s X-rated in the movies and on television, of what isn’t — and of the curious differences.

Comments: I stumbled upon this book at an antique store that I thought I had thoroughly ransacked…until I saw this on the bookcase in the corner. I love reading vintage books on homosexuality (AKA ‘perversion’), pornography and/or the perils of narcotic use. Don’t ask me why, I just do. I guess I get a kick out of the over dramatization of it all. That and the easily issued ‘cures.’ Hilarious and telling. Definitely a time capsule in which the book(s) was written.

Roger Vadim’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses © 1962
Synopsis: A diamond hard view of seduction, adultery and corruption of the innocent, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES is the story of a modern French couple — rich, idle and perverse — who have sworn never to be trapped by love. Though married, they make no pretense of sexual fidelity, instead assisting each other in their adulterous affairs. With cold efficiency and ruthless egotism they stalk their victims, taking lovers, enjoying them and casting them aside.

Comments: I’ve always loved Barbarella (directed by Roger Vadim), so is it any wonder than I thoroughly love his version of Dangerous Liaisons? Not to mention that I LOVE all the other incarnations, especially the 80’s (1988) and 90’s (1999) versions of the film as well. I remember reading the book in the nineties and loving it as well. So, it was a no-brainer when I stumbled across this movie tie-in adaptation (complete with over 200 stills from the movie…PRE “FotoNovel!”) in the Half Price Books ‘Vintage’ area! Can’t wait to start reading it! Continue reading