Right now I’m working my way through Anaïs Nin’s Delta of Venus—the pièce de résistance of all erotic literature. It’s a fascinating read from a postmodern feminist perspective, but more than that, it’s just incredibly sexy. I’m amazed at the wide range of erotic perspectives she captures in her stories. As a collection, the book transcends clear-cut gender identifications and sexual orientations until desire becomes something much more essential. For Nin, sex is ultimately an exchange of power, but who has it and how they use it is in constant flux. I’m looking forward to conquering her diaries next.

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