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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!

Misery by Stephen King © 1987
Synopsis: Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances, is in a car accident; rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, he slowly realizes that salvation can be worse than death. Sheldon has killed off Misery Chastain, the popular protagonist of his Misery series and Annie, who has a murderous past, wants her back. Keeping the paralyzed Sheldon prisoner, she forces him to revive the character in a continuation of the series, and she reads each page as it comes out of the typewriter; there is a joyously Dickensian novel within a novel here, and it appears in faded typescript.

Comments: Having recently watched this movie with P, and his regailing me with stories of how the book had many more stressful encounters (re: Sheldon’s near misses with being caught ‘loose’ in the house whilst Annie is periodically gone), inspired me to want to read the book. I’m ready for goosebumps!

The Island by Peter Benchley © 1979
Synopsis: In the Caribbean, 610 seagoing boats and 2,000 innocent people have simply vanished, apparently lost forever; how could it happen? why does no one know, or care to know? Blair Maynard becomes obsessed with finding out what’s going on and pursues the story to a remote archipelago southeast of the Bahamas; there he and his son sail into as sinister a drama as has ever been played out on the sea.

Comments: I actually bought this book at an estate sale, to resell, but ended up picking it up one day and reading it, and subsequently getting completely HOOKED! Pirates are seriously not my ‘thing,’ so no one was more surprised than me when I ended up REALLY enjoying this book. Once I got started, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next in chapter after chapter. The scene where one of the main characters attempts to escape ‘The Island‘ at night and is immersed, unknowingly, in a school of Portuguese Man o’ War is terrifying. Great escapism. Now I kinda want to see the movie, though I heard it was pretty weak, compared to the source material.


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